I'm working on something new! Sprig Molds

I'm working on something new! Sprig Molds

Hi everyone!

     I'm wanted to let you all know I am working some new sprig molds to hopefully make some awesome mugs. You may be asking what are sprig molds. Well to me I say they are either items like jewelry pressed into clay leaving the imprint, or anything else a person wishes to use. What I'm doing is I print a design from online that is legally permissible to use and not copy written. Once I find the design I want to use and I print it I get it to the size I need which is typically to fit on the side of a mug.
     The designs I'm working on are almost too many to describe. I went kind of crazy since I love the creative aspect of making them,  I'm working on dogs, cats, and all kinds of farm animals. The latest one is a turkey, since I've noticed there aren't many turkey items out there. I love turkeys and everything about them. I also love goats, though I don't have them anymore. Now I get to enjoy them in the pottery I make. Then I thought people love their dogs too, and though we don't have dogs anymore due to not having a fenced yard I decided to make several dog sprig molds. They range from English and French Bulldogs, to Chihuahuas. I've made a pig, chicken and rooster, and am open to making custom sprigs for anyone interested. They are a lot of work and take awhile to make because of the time it takes to carve the clay out, dry, bisque fire, then roll out another piece of clay and press the first sprig into the new piece of clay, let it dry at least a week or two, then bisque fire. Then the new sprig mold is the one I use to make the patch to go on the side of a mug, since it leaves a raised image of a goat, pig, or turkey... When I have the sprigs made finally I'll throw a few mugs, let them dry a bit, trim them and add hand pulled handles, and I'll stamp out whatever sprig mold I desire on a thin piece of clay, and attach it to the side of the mug. Then the mug has to dry for a week or two covered, then it's bisque fired, then glazed, then glaze fired, and in a couple days I can open the kiln and see if it turned out great or not. Not all items make it. Some get tweaked and refired, some are cracked, or chipped, and thrown in the trash, and some become seconds if they don't work out and given away as gifts or we use them. I wish I could speed up the process, but I can't. I will be adding these new mugs as soon as I get them made so be checking out my store, cause they may go quick.
    I'm also planning to hand paint some more animals on mugs. Have any suggestions? I'd love to hear. The Bulldog picture is one I want to try. I think it's just darling. I grew up in Borger Texas, and we were the Borger Bulldogs. Our family had Bulldogs while I grew up, so I have a heart for them.