Handbuilt Texture Mugs

Designer: Carmen Allen



  1. Begin by throwing the bottom section of the mugs. I threw sever small shallow bowls and trimmed a foot onto them once they had set up.
  2. Next, roll out a 1/4″ slab of a stoneware clay of your choice with a rolling pin or slab roller.
  3. Place the matte of your choice onto the slab and press into the slab evenly. Do not drag your hand across the matte; apply even pressure straight down, or use a rolling pin to carefully press the matte into the slab.
  4. Measure the circumference of the bottom portion of the cup and cut a rectangle that will be long enough to attach to the top.
  5. Slip and score the vertical edge of the slab to create a circle and then slip and score the bottom piece and the bottom edge of the slab and attach. there is no need to blend any of the edges, just be sure to score and slip very well and apply firmly.
  6. Pull a handle and attach to the mug.
  7. Cover and let dry slowly
  8. Once dry, fire to shelf cone 05/04.


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 3 coats of your desired Classic glaze color to the textured part of the mug.
  3. With the same brush, apply 3 coats of SW-111 Wrought Iron to the bottom, inside, and handle of the mug.
  4. Let dry completely.
  5. Stilt and fire to shelf con 5/6.

Repeat as desired with any of the Matte or Classic glazes



  • Mid-range clay


  • SW-111 Wrought Iron
  • SW-201 Turquoise
  • SW-204 Amber Topaz
  • SW-205 Coral
  • SW-206 Melon

Decorating Accessories

  • MT-010 Cable Knit Mat
  • MT-011 Diamond Plate Mat
  • MT-012 Ikat Mat
  • MT-013 Honeycomb Mat
  • CB-604 #4 Soft Fan

Miscellaneous Accessories

  • Rolling pin/slab roller
  • Needle tool
  • Pottery wheel