I just completed these porcelain mugs that have no handles. So would they be called cups?
I think so. Japanese tea cups traditionally have no handles. This is the shape and design of my high fired mountain mugs that have handles. My turquoise glaze and hand carved design of the red rocks I see outside of my studio are my trademark. The stain is the same iron oxide that makes our hills reddish in color. A true Sedona experience.
The client request was to have no handles. This is someone who likes to feel the warmth of the liquid within; who wants to be a part of the enjoyment of the drink they are having at that time.
I like to make a round, organic shape when I am throwing this style vessel . I do want the hands to fit around the cup . Feel, as well as shape has always been a factor in my clay work. I do a lot of hand building but this is really my wheel thrown style for the mug/ cup. So it was a fun adventure to make a mug that is really a cup.