Prancing Pony mugs on etsy

I am very happy with my first batch of Prancing Pony mugs. These are a handful of mugs inspired by the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and the cinematic vision of peter Jackson as seen the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films.

This first batch of mugs range from 8 ounces to 16 ounces. Unless otherwise specifically requested, the next batch mugs and all Prancing Pony mugs that follow will be 16 ounces. “This, my friend, is a pint.”

pp big blue pp green pp blue 1 pp albany

The green glaze is rustic with slight undertones of brown showing through. The blue glaze is very deep with slight variations in hue and the one I will call Albany brown has beautiful and random variations. I think it too seems to have a rustic feel to it.

I have an etsy site up and running for interested parties who wish the obtain, through purchase, an amazing Prancing Pony mug. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FunctionalMud

You could be the coolest person (or hobbit, or dwarf, or geek) in Middle earth if you had one of the fine pieces of pottery.

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Face Jug

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For two years in a row I was called upon to teach a Face Jug lesson to my fellow at teacher. I found this a very different experience than teaching middle or high school students this same lesson. The most notable was that the classroom was very quite and the (adult) students were very focused.

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Anyways, here are the results of my instructional pieces from each session. They each took about 6 hours to create before the firing and glazing process. 100_0427

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The first piece I was quite pleased with. I believe I captured the spirit of the Face Jug better than the following years’ jug. The second one I think I put too much into it. It lacks the simplicity I prefer in my pottery.

I have seen face jugs in numerous shops in and around Seagrove, NC. Some are very subtle and some are crazy and whimsical. They are all impressive and well crafted.