Bee and Salal Mug // Black Clay

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Bee and Salal Mug // Black Clay

48.00

About the Mug: Wheel thrown black clay mug with pale peach brush slip and a bee and salal leaf design. The inside is glazed with a glossy peach pink liner glaze; the outside is unglazed slip and black stoneware clay body. I used a diamond sanding pad to sand the outside so it is smooth and velvety to the touch. A larger sized mug, this will hold a generous 16 ounces of liquid.

About the Designs: Like ferns, Salal bushes are also everywhere in the western cascades region.  But even though common, they have a secret.  Many people don’t know that their berries are edible and for the most part, delicious.  The flavor varies quite a bit from plant to plant but overall, I’ve found them to be really good and they pair well with blueberries and huckleberries, particularly when cooked together in a fruit crisp.  They have been a staple crop for the native peoples who have stewarded this land for thousands of years. 

Bees are a powerhouse pollinators that our food supply depends on but many colonies have died unexpectedly in recent years.  Climate change and wide spread use of pesticides are suspected. To learn more and give back, go here.

Taking Care: This listing is for the piece pictured.  It is microwave and dishwasher safe but as dishwashers are hard on ceramics, hand washing will prolong the life of your piece.  It is handmade and as such each piece is unique and beautifully imperfect.  Thank you so much for choosing handmade! 


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