Just Sip No Drip #1 & #2

I had a problem with milk stains on our stone worktop in the kitchen. When I poured milk into my coffee one drop of milk would travel down the milk jar onto the delicate stone to create a circle damaging the stone. The same with any surface really. How can I solve this?

Since I heat my milk the coffee cup becomes very warm itself and difficult to hold if it has no ears. Even if a cup has an ear I usually do not use it. I don’t like to put the entire weight of the cup on two of my fingers. To me it is not very comfy. 😉 Must a cup’s ear look like a traditional cup’s ear? How can I drink my coffee warm without burning my hand?

The problem and preference above created the framework for this project.

Stoneware clay.

These cups looked better than they felt in the hand. The uneven collar did not suit me at all. Also, I had succeeded in making the clay so thin that once both the coffee and the warmed milk was poured into them they were almost too hot to hold. I was not satisfied with glazing either. I got insecure and double dipped and this made the glaze so thick you cannot see the traces from the tools, which I like because it creates a much more tactile experience.

Stoneware clay.
Stoneware clay.
Stoneware clay.

For the reason mentioned above I made the collars even on the second iteration of cups. I made the cups a bit rounded in shape as well to feel better in the hand. I made the milk jar’s collar into a pouch just to see if I could minimize the collar and still succeed in making it catching the milk drops.

Stoneware clay.

Even when pouring milk more than once the collar and pouch collecting the first drop did not spill it out the second or third time. I call that a success. 🙂

Overall these two first iterations felt good, but they did not reach all the way for me, which is why I made a few more. Stay tuned. 😉

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