For a few months now, I’ve been working on some new mugs. They began with pictures. Not pictures of mugs, but pictures of the city. Since arriving in Brooklyn five years ago, I’ve taken quite a few pictures, and I recently began experimenting with decals. I printed some and then applied them to mugs I had in the studio. Here is one of those first mugs:
Lately, I’ve been using one that features the Sheep Meadow at Central park. I took this picture while enjoying a little park life with Heather. It’s also one of those first ones I used when I was deciding how to apply the decal to the mug.
What I’m really interested in is this idea that nostalgia for these days, people, and places, can bring back to us the same sense of enormous well-being we experienced on those days. In capturing these moments and places, and placing them on my coffee mugs, I’m attempting to engender the same sense of well-being every time one uses the mug.
Here are some of the newest ones. I’m settling in on the form, and how the glaze should be applied for different images. I use a two-tone treatment for some images, like this Brooklyn Bridge mug:
And I used one glaze on the exterior of a different form for this image with the Manhattan Bridge. It just felt right.
You can find more of my new City Mugs on my Etsy page, as well as other thrown and cast pots.