A teacup handmade by my good friend Mark Mohler, using Lizella clay from the Appalachians in Georgia where he grew up and went to school. It was made to embody a rocky steadiness—just holding it, you’ll immediately notice how the weighted bottom gives that grounding and sinking quality. Mark gave the surface of the exposed clay a roughness to match the rock charm of the tea. The “ice” in the cup’s name refers to the look and feel of the cool shino glaze. Together the exposed clay and glaze are rock and ice.
The cup’s shape limits the surface area for the tea to cool, keeping the tea warm. If you like rock tea, which helped inspire this cup, then you may know that people in the Wuyi area like to drink their tea hot. Some teas taste better after they cool a bit. Not so with rock teas. The heat actually compliments their profiles. You may have had a cup this shape before which got very hot and was hard to hold. The thickness of this cup means that—warm as the tea stays—you can put your hands on it and enjoy that warmth.
This cup along with the Igneous cup constituted last Winter's Pottery Series.