For the past few weeks I've been working on some small cups for the Cape Wrath Challenge. Over the years I have made various small cups as a keepsake for runners. You can find out all about the Cape Wrath Challenge here. This year is a special year as it is the 15th anniversary!
I made a total of 260 cups so that I had some spare should anything go wrong. I made them in different stages, about 40/50 cups at a time.
To begin with I have to choose a design I'm happy with. To do so I threw a few different shaped cups on my pottery wheel and selected the best shape. As it is the 15th anniversary I also had to design how I would incorporate this in to the design.
After waiting 2 days for the pots to become leather hard they are turned. This makes them smooth and ensures that they will stand well. Then it is time to put the buttons on!
After putting all the buttons on I have to let the pots dry for a week.
Once they are dry I bisque fire them in the kiln. After the firing they are ready to be glazed.
First with a transparent glaze on the inside.
Then I glaze them with earthenware glazes (a mix of blues & greens).
Then they go back in the kiln to be fired again!
After the firing I check them over and make sure the bottoms are smooth.
Before packing them safely for collection I stamped my logo on to brown paper and cut one out for the inside of each of the cups.
Good luck to everyone taking part in the Cape Wrath Challenge this year!