Handmade by ceramicist Dyann Myers, this is a mug for knitters: a beautifully proportioned porcelain mug with the texture and pattern of sequence knitting. From the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, this will become your daily companion. Bonus: there’s a knitterly wink in the bottom of the mug. A limited edition.
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There’s a new mug in town.
Earlier this year, Ann took a natural dyeing course. She got to talking with classmate Dyann Myers, as you do when you’re up to your elbows in fermented vegetable matter, and Dyann mentioned that she’s a potter by trade.
Well. A look at Dyann’s beautiful hand-carved porcelain pots gave us a serious case of the heart-eyes, and before you could say “bisque,” Dyann was mailing us prototypes of an exclusive mug for MDK. Like all things that just happen on their own, collaborating with Dyann was meant to be. She’s even a knitter!
Dyann shared her thoughts with us:
As I reflect on these mugs, I realize I think of them much like I do my handknits. I put passion, much time and obsession into each of them. Not everybody will “get” the effort, but for those who do, it’s very gratifying.
Each mug is a one-of-a-kind piece, made of porcelain on the wheel and fired to 2,300 degrees. Every mark is hand carved with a sharp metal tool when the clay is between its wheel-thrown state and being dry, what’s known by potters as being “leather hard.” I think of carving my pots like knitting—one stitch at a time. For many years I was a professional musician, and the rhythm of carving (and knitting) reminds me of that. At some point in the middle of this project I counted the number of marks on a single mug and came up with just over 400.
I live in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where I throw pots, knit, sew, make books and prints and just about anything else I can think of. You can find me occasionally on social media on Instagram as carvedlinesstudio.