Saturday, January 18, 2014

DIY wedding: porcelain cups

We're spoiled, we're incredibly spoiled. We happen to have an extremely talented potter in the family who provides us with all the crockery we could ever need.  Each piece is thrown by hand and then fired in the big wood kiln outside from morning until night.  The end result is an abundance of unique plates, cups, bowls, oven dishes and personal tea bowls (which everybody is very protective of). 
So when we got to thinking about what 100 wedding guests were going to drink from, Elena suggested a cup for everybody.  Not only does it seem like the most perfect gift for everybody to take home, but it also saves us an awful lot in party hire gear.  Let me tell you, the moment those hire places hear the word 'wedding' they're already rubbing their palms together in glee.  At 55 cents a fork, you can imagine that it adds up!
Anyway so the first thing we had to do was figure out which glazes and slips we wanted.  There is something so exciting about submerging your cup in a seemingly plain bucket of muck, splashing it with an equally dull looking mud... and then waiting in great anticipation for it to come out of the kiln.  You never quite know how it's going to turn out, and you'll never get exactly the same look twice.
Over the last few days Elena has been a slave to the wheel and is knocking out beautiful porcelain cups so that they'll be ready in time.  I of course get the fun part which is to splash them all with glaze and give them their final touch!
So here's hoping everybody loves them as much as we do.  I can't wait to drink my cocktails out of a cup.

2 comments:

  1. oh what an awesome idea! Cannot wait to see the pics from your special day xx

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    1. Thanks :). Phew sooo much to organise!

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