|Slab cups with spiral impressions|
|Faceted and fluted cups|
These slab constructed cups are about 4 1/2" tall and are very fun to make I don't sweat the shape of the cup except at the rim. I like the rims to be round so, there are a couple of things that I do to take care of this detail. As the cup is drying to the leather hard stage I will leave a plastic cup sitting in the mouth of the cup this lets the mouth of the cup move as it drys but it keeps the cup mouth very round. After it gets to the leather hard stage I center it on my kick wheel and I shape the rim with a chamois. This give the cup a very finished feel and look. I think this is important because this is the mouth contact point and even a beautiful cup can have a bad feel when it is pressed to the lips in use.
The faceted and fluted cups are 2 1/2" to 3 1/4" tall. I have just started working with these and I am trying different tools to do the faceting and fluting. There is always room for experimenting with cups. I am not really pushing any boundaries here but I am enjoying the process and I am looking forward to seeing them finished. I envision them as being the perfect size for a stiff drink on ice.
I enjoy working with my daughter Lydia who does most of my photos. I love adding color to an item in a photograph and I thought that these bananas were perfect. We adjust the lights and compose the photo until we are both happy with the image. This has been a very good routine that has produced some very nice photos.