Kate mixes her clay from raw materials and throws each mug on the potter’s wheel. She uses sprigs and slip trailing to create patterned panels that frame spaces around the mug for imagery. The overlaid images are originally drawn in pen and ink on paper and then scanned and printed in glaze. The image transfer (decal) is then applied to a glaze fired mug and is re-fired for a third time, causing the imagery to melt into the surface of the glaze. The image will not wear away through use and the mug is both food safe and dishwasher safe. During this final firing, small copper crystals will often begin to grow in the glaze, creating beautiful glittering patches of copper and splashes of orange randomly throughout the glaze!