Girl + Benji Lore Mug
- holds approx. 12-16 oz
- hand-drawn decals
- made in Sandy, OR
This young girl leading her horse is based on the artist's friendship with her first miniature horse, Benji. At the age of 5, riding Benji taught her a lot about life, friendship and grit. Every time that roly-poly pony would buck her off, she got right back on – a hard lesson that every horse lover values in and out of the saddle.
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!