Have you ever sat down on the couch on a cold day with a cup of hot chocolate while wrapping your cold hands around that warm mug? There is something special about a form that sits cozily in the palm of your hand and provides such warmth and contentment. Slightly larger than a teacup and not as formal as a coffee cup, mugs provide us with a very utilitarian vessel to enjoy our warm beverages of choice.
A mug is a sturdily built type of cup often used for drinking hot beverages, such as coffee, tea, hot chocolate or soup. Mugs have handles and hold a larger amount of fluid than other types of cups. Usually a mug holds approximately 12 US fluid ounces (350 ml) of liquid; twice as much as a tea cup. A mug is a less formal style of drink container and is not usually used in formal place settings, where a teacup or coffee cup is preferred.
Ancient mugs were usually carved in wood or bone or shaped of clay, while most modern ones are made of ceramic materials such as earthenware, bone china, porcelain or stoneware. Some are made from strengthened glass, such as Pyrex. Other materials, including plastic, steel and enameled metal are preferred where break resistance and reduced weight are at a premium, such as for campers. Techniques such as silk screen printing or decals are used to apply decorations; these are fired onto the mug to ensure permanence.
Investigate - Before You Begin
6 cylinders in 60 minutes. Wedge up 6 lbs of clay, or two 3 lb balls of clay. Make six 1 lb balls.
Cut each cylinder you throw in half. Take ONE photo of all 12 halves and post to Schoology here:
Contrast in Texture: Your twin mugs must show some kind of contrast in texture. The texture contrasts do not need to cover the entire mug; it could be strictly design related and minimalist. Be careful however; mugs are meant to be held! Brainstorm different textures you'd like to experiment with. Sketch a series of thumbnails for each idea.
Each mug must have a trimmed foot.
Each mug must have a handle - pulled or decorative yet functional
Each mug should hold true to the theme "Twin", which means they should be relatively the same shape and size.