Using simple, open brushwork is one of Becki's favorite techniques. The loosely structured, intuitive designs, though similar are actually unique because the brush and liquid slip are allowed to flow and drip freely, resulting in distinctive patterns. The brushed slip design is visible on both sides, making it the perfect mug for both left- and right-handed people.
Every Red Salamander Pottery mug features a botanical stamp at the base of the handle. Using a few of her favorite seed pods collected on hikes near and far from home, Becki impresses symbolic meaning associated with different plants into each mug. The four stamps she currently uses are Eucalyptus, Walnut, Rose of Sharon, and Nasturtium.
Eucalyptus is associated with slowing down and detoxifying life, holding the promise of relief. Walnut helps one navigate through life transitions and promotes inner decisiveness to live life according to one’s own standards. Incidentally, the shape of the walnut stamp resembles a heart, perhaps suggesting one should follow their heart in all matters. Rose of Sharon, part of the hibiscus family, speaks of delicate beauty. Nasturtium indicates a victory through battle resulting in a conquest, or patriotism.
Each mug will contain a card explaining which stamp was used and its particular meaning. Not all stamps may be available at any given time, so if you desire a specific stamp, please contact Becki for more information.
Creamy Orange Zen Mug
All mugs are hand thrown on the potter’s wheel. Becki uses a warm brown, stoneware clay that has speckles in it and glazes that are mixed in the studio. All pottery is fired to 2200 degrees making it food, dishwasher and microwave safe. Finished mugs hold approximately 9 ounces of liquid with room for cream, marshmallows, or anything else you might choose to add to your drink.
Pottery should not be heated on the stove top or over an open flame. Washing by hand and handling with care is recommended to extend the life of your handmade pottery.