Published Oct 5, 2022
Whiskey bottles are a popular form in a lot of potters' vocabularies–understandably because whiskey is delicious! But you also need a cup to drink the whiskey from and if you're like Matt Schiemann, you put just as much thought into the design of your whiskey cups as you do the bottle.
In today's post, an excerpt from Clay & Cuisine, Matt explains how he designs his cups to make the whiskey drinking experience optimal! He also shares his clay, glaze, and slip recipes! -Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor
The accompanying whiskey cup [for my whiskey bottles] has an hourglass shape: wide belly, narrow waist, and slightly opened back up at the top. I find this shape works well for bourbon as it allows the whiskey to swirl in the cup and the aroma to fill the drinker’s nose.
Begin by centering 1 pound of clay and pulling it into a 4.25-inch tall cylinder. Cut away the extra clay at the bottom of the cylinder to make it easier to form a low belly on this small shape. Using your inside hand, press gently against a flexible rib in your outside hand to form the curved belly (figure 1). As you’re forming the belly, curl the rib up and over the curve to create the narrow waist. Once the bottom of the hourglass shape is proportionate, use the same technique to widen the cup out at the top (figure 2).