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Stoneware Tall Mug


Made by Jack Doherty

Stoneware Tall Hand-thrown Ceramic Mug, hand made by Jack Doherty in Herefordshire, England.

Made from a stoneware clay from St Agnes, just up the road from Jack’s studio. Each piece has been soda fired which means no glaze was used.


“I spray a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and water into the kiln at 1260C , this vapour reacts with the silica in the clay and makes the glazed and textured surface. It’s similar to salt glaze but it doesn’t produce the same pollution!”

A textured and specked light brown / warm yellow are the primary colours in this case, with darker brown tones in spots the internal colour is red.  A truly unique mug, enjoy any beverage with this sophisticated and practical piece.

Approx measurements: internal diameter 8cm x height 7cm

About the maker:

Born in Co Derry, Jack Doherty studied at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast wanting to be a painter, but after a visit to Lucie Rie’s studio he decided he wanted to make pots for a living. On graduating he worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops before establishing his first studio in Co Armagh and then relocated to Herefordshire. From 2008 – 2013 Jack was the first Lead Potter and Creative Director at the refurbished Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall where he established the production studio and designed a contemporary domestic range of soda-fired tableware.

Designing and making have shaped his life. As a potter and ceramic artist he has gained an international reputation exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad. Jack works with one clay body, one mineral and one single firing technique. Through this singleness of process he is able to obtain a complex, multi-layering of surface texture and colour, whilst remaining true to the form. His ceramic vessels are represented in many public collections including the Irish Contemporary Ceramics Collection at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, the National Museum of Ireland and the Ulster Museum. In 2016 he received the Janet Mansfield Memorial Award in recognition of his work with soda-fired porcelain.  He currently works independently from his home studio in Cornwall and is resident potter at the Newlyn School of Art where he fire his gas kiln.


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