This mug shape was designed in the late 1970's as a slip cast development of some heavy thrown and turned terracotta mugs I had made. None of the pieces were really considered functional. Both shape and decoration I believe must must be influenced by my interest in baroque art; in the massing of forms, both 2 and 3 dimensional. These two mugs were taken from a group of four which I'd kept in my own collection until the CAA show because I had a special regard for them.

Bulbous-handled/sausage-handled earthenware mug, Colin Saunders, 1996,

Crafts Council Collection: P445 & P446.


Earthenware mug with a bulbous handle and a white lead glaze, with enamel transfer patterns of blue bird patterns among others.

Materials and techniques

Made like industrial earthenware. i.e slip cast in plastic moulds in a white earthenware body, glazed with a clear lead glaze and later fired a third time to fix the enamel transfers. 


height: 11cm

width: 12cm

Terracotta Mugs  1974

Red clay mugs: Thrown, turned and burnished, slip-cast handles, 1978