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Turning a mistake into a product

Updated: Feb 9

Handmade ceramic cup with ripped lip. The body of the vessel is glazed in a white and green.
Ceramic cup

This piece is one of the first things I ever made in ceramics. I caught my finger on the lip as I threw the clay, causing an imperfection that I loved.

Glass version of the ceramic cup. The glass is handmade with the lip cut and scrunched to create a decorative element on the lip.
First inspired glass cup

A few months later, I attempted to create a glass version when I visited my friend Cher, who has the cutest little hotshop in her backyard, outfitted with a small mobile furnace. I tried to keep true to the process when I created the glass version. I trimmed the glass lip almost completely, then clumped the trimming back onto the mouth to create a thumb rest. I really like how the thumb rest is cut out of the vessel to create a decorative and functional feature.

I further refined it in my current rendition of the pretzel cups, which are available on my website. My friend and glass assistant, Jeanine, coined the name, as the twisted trimming reminded her of a pretzel.

Not all mistakes are destined for the trash can.

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Apr 03, 2023

Great post Maria!

Apr 11, 2023
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