Mugs tend to pile up in your cupboard. You get one from a gift shop at a National Park, another at a holiday gift exchange, another at a craft fair. Like your stuffed animals when you were a kid, you take turns using each one cuz you kinda feel bad for them. Until this one came along. This is the mug that you'll want to use every single day. Trust us. Live with others? Get a few. They'll want to use it, too.
Please note: All of our pottery is made by humans in Asheville, North Carolina, with dynamic, regional, lead-free stoneware clays. Slight variations should be expected and embraced! Our work is dishwasher and microwave safe and made for daily use.
"Literally the perfect Mug" - @hibeebrennan
“I already have an East Fork Mug, but you guys make me want to collect them, drink more coffee, and move to a new apartment with larger kitchen cabinets.” - @amycao
Step 1: Making The Mug Body
First, we run our iron-rich regional clay through a pug machine to squeeze out air bubbles. It's then carefully measured into precise little lumps, and pressed into a plaster mold. This crucial step ensures each vessels overall consistency and strength. Once in the mold, The Mug body is formed on the vertical pull-down jigger and dried overnight. In the morning, when our baby mug is still wet, but not as easily dimpled or dinged, we pop it out. Scrappy and un-finessed, these new mugs now need the soft touch of a skilled hand. Using trimming wires, hooks, and hand tools, we polish off the edges and crevices to get them looking smooth and refined. It’s this pre-step that really preps the Mugs for successful glaze application.
Step 2: The Handle Attachment
This fresh, greenware body is now primed and ready for next steps, like attaching the perfect handle. At this stage, we fire up the ram press, which uses hydraulic pressure and a “die” to press out smooth and strong handles; three at a time. Once formed, we stick them in a box and let them reach a dryness equivalent to the body for seamless affixing. For a strong bond, we score the body and the handle where they will meet in an everlasting union.
Step 3: The Glaze Dip
The bottom of our mug is unglazed, a space just big enough for an index finger and thumb to grip. We hand dip each mug in its proper glaze bucket, and then wipe off the lip with a sponge for that signature, raw clay rim.