Before Christmas this year I got an email from Ceramics in the City for some discounted paint your own pottery. Since this was on my list of 33 things, and since I was looking for some Christmas presents, I decided to hit it up. I thought some mugs for Troys parents would make a nice gift...if they turned out okay! I went after I dropped Annie at school and I painted for like 3 or 4 hours. It was so calming and I figured if they didn't turn out, then no skin off my back. I'm not very original. I just like the tedium and monotony. I did it alone, which I realize looks kinda sad and pathetic, but hey, I don't have any siblings so I actually crave my alone time every once in awhile.

You want to have plenty of time when you go to one of these places, the last thing you want is to be rushed. I worked on Rogers first. I kinda just went with a striped theme, trying to pick some manly colors that would be happy and vibrant, that someone who wakes up at 4am most days would like to drink from.

I wanted Marlas to be calming and soothing. I liked the greens, but I'll be honest, I almost like how the colors are muted before it got fired. I think it's prettier before!!

I signed the bottom with Merry Christmas and laughed as I had visions of them turning out horrible and Troy and I drinking out of cups that had Marla and Roger on them for the rest of our lives.

Here they are after they have been fired. They dip them in a shiny glaze so they come out all glossy looking. I think they turned out pretty good, a little amateurish, but hey, I can't claim to be anything else. Roger and Marla said that they liked them, but we did make sure to include a pound of really nice Kona coffee, just in case.



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