So although you may need to blow on your beverage to cool it down, the handle of this mug is always easy on the fingers.
At Stoneware we produce, on average about 11,000 coffee mugs per year. Sounds simple, however each mug starts out as 1,100 pounds of dry clay that is mixed with 200 gallons of water. The clay is mixed for nearly 18 hours before being filtered, pressed into cakes and then made into two different thicknesses of clay. The thick jiggering clay (also known as potter’s clay) is used to make the mug simple cylindrical, one at a time, by a jiggerman on a jiggering wheel. Meanwhile a thinner slip clay is poured into a ceramic mold to make the handle.
After drying overnight an artisan carefully applies each handle to each caddie. It’s the two different densities of the clay that allows the contents of the mug and the mug itself to heat up, but the handle to stay cool to the touch.
The mug is left to dry another night before it’s smoothed, sanded and prepped for the art department. Now called greenware, the piece is branded on the bottom and a coat of protective wax is hand applied (keeps the mug from adhering to the kiln deck during firing). Next another artisan applies an even spray of the Mercantile Collection overglaze, which adds the color and makes the piece dishwasher, freezer, microwave and oven safe.
Lastly the greenware is loaded into the kiln for a 27 hour firing. Over 14 hours, a series of eight gas burners are turned on heating the kiln to 2,264˚F. Once the burners are turned off it takes 13 hours for the kiln to cool down before it’s opened and unloaded. It’s now time for one last quality control check. Each piece is inspected and the bottom sanded before it leaves our factory.
From beginning to end about 20 people touch every piece.
Dimensions: 3.25” x 4.5”
Due to the unique nature of our products, dimensions listed may not be exact.
Stoneware can be safely used in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer. It is recommended that Stoneware be placed in a non-heated oven and allowed to come to temperature during pre-heating. Remember to allow pieces from the oven and dishwasher to cool before refrigerating. Likewise, you should allow refrigerated piece to return to room temperature before washing or baking. As with any stoneware item, extreme and sudden variation in temperature may cause cracking or breakage.
At the end of the party, elbow grease isn’t needed as Stoneware is easy to wipe clean.
Stoneware is naturally resilient resisting scratches and fading. Safe with wood, nylon and metal utensils, as superficial marks from silverware can be cleaned up with silver polish or cooktop cleaner.