A customer at the market wanted a couple of mugs in a certain glaze for a gift and asked how long it would take. I said four weeks. I think she was surprised. Most people are. I've had people ask, "Will it be ready next week?" (hysterical laughing in the little bubble above my head) So, I thought of taking step by step pictures of the process of making mugs along with a timeline and explanation . I think some people might be interested, but I'm also thinking of how it might help me.
Christmas is when this time lag situation gets to be a problem. Actually four weeks from start to finish is faster than what I usually would quote. It just happens this time I almost had a kiln load's worth of pots waiting to bisque fire. I don't fire up the kiln just for a couple of mugs. I want it to be as packed as possible so I can get optimal use out of the electricity. If I have very few pots ready to fire it could be an additional couple of weeks added to that timeline.
I'm not sure how I'll present this "making mugs" write-up yet. I hope it can be a kind of educational tool to understand the process and the time involved. And why it costs more than a Walmart mug! We'll see. And those mugs? Almost ready to fire. They are loaded in the kiln but I detect slight dampness still. I have decided not to be an idiot and rush it.- Will wait another 24 hours to fire.