Bear + Hare Lore Mug
- a hare and a bear adorn each side of this mug
- holds approx. 12-16 oz
- hand-drawn decals
- made in Sandy, OR
The hare is often seen as a servant of the gods in mythology and acts as a messenger from the gods to mankind, traveling by moonlight to instruct and guide us. In the West, we speak of the 'Man in the moon' when looking at the moon's markings. In the East, generations have passed down the story of the 'Hare in the moon' who can be seen here, bent over her cauldron, creating the elixir of life for the lunar goddess.
The bear is a reminder of the importance of respecting our seasons- resting, playing and working in a balanced cycle regardless of where others around us are in their cycles. The bear reminds us to take that time to hibernate, look within and rest so that we too can surge forward when the time is right.
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!