Mugshot Monday with James Tingey
James Tingey, a professor and studio potter out of Dallas Texas, has created this lovely wood fired cup and saucer set.
We find this piece very alluring for several reasons!
1. First, most of the mugs we featured on Mugshot Mondays are simple straight forward mugs; typically wheel thrown pieces, perfectly round with a handle. This piece however is a composite of 4 separate parts: a thrown and then altered with darts cup, a delicately pulled handle, a small pedestal foot which was thrown separately and joined to the body of the mug, and finally a perfectly proportional saucer.
2. The second thing we really enjoy about this piece is that the joints between the thrown pedestal base and the delicate handle are not blended. Instead of hiding the joints by smoothing and cleaning them so that they flow into the form of the cup, they have been emphasized, leaving a pronounced groove to catch glaze and your eye. Leaving the joints conspicuous speaks to the process of combining multiple parts to create one piece.
3. Finally, we also appreciate the subtle glaze on this piece, which does not overpower the delicate form, or distract from the gentle undulations of the darts, handle and foot.
For more information about James Tingey or his work, visit his website at www.jamestingey.com