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thumb stops and mug foots/ fat men in heels...nice bottom mugsies

updated tue 21 feb 06


pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on sat 18 feb 06


Hi Gayle, Vince...

The subject line is starting to sound like one of the lost verses from the
song 'These are a few of my favorite things...' or whatever it's title
actually is...

Yahhhhh...Mug-Bottom wise, a wired-off, once dry enough then
rolled-around-at-an-angle to kill the hard edge and make a small shadow line
and small in-slanting to the verymost base, thence 'spanked' to recess the
middle slightly, makes a very nice 'foot' and bottom, for a least
to my minds and eye.

That way too, only that thin downwardmost slightly inside area of the
peripheral rim is touching whatever the Mug is set on.

Look at any old 'Hall' or 'Tepco' or similar of earnest Mug from decades
long passed...and, you will see a concave bottom and roundish peripheral
'edge' to their Bottoms, and, this was no incidental of course, but rather
an indicator of good design and function for how the Mug sits and for how it
translates less heat to whatever it is sitting on...

'Bad' imported low fire 'mugs' with otherwise maybe appealing graphics or
hip allusions of some kind, the ubiquity of 'office' and 'home' use anymore
for millions of people, can be seen to posess 'dead-flat' bottoms in many
cases ( the mugs I mean, not the people, per-se).

And, a 'dead flat' bottom is a bottom someone forgot to think about, or did
not care to consider critically in terms of design and function, while
indicating neglect or confusion aesthetically, also...

I can not think of any functional form for which a 'dead-flat' Bottom is


Loss Vague-us...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Vince Pitelka"

> > Youse guys are brutal my toes are getting stomped!:-)
> > I put foot rings on my mugs.
> > A previous thread last week discussed
> > placing filled hot ware on a cold surface e.g. granite.
> > I've been wondering if they prevent thermal shock.
> Gayle -
> I think that with something as small as a mug (all things being relative)
> the thermal shock issue is less of a concern. And how many people set
> mug of hot coffee on a granite surface and leave it there for any period
> time? That said, a foot ring certainly will protect the bottom of a pot
> from thermal shock on a hard, cold surface. That's why I like oval
> cassaroles elevated on feet around the rim - best with a continuous foot
> with some arched knotches cut in it. Also, teapots with wide flat bottoms
> are at risk. I have a number of very good-looking teapots with wide flat
> bottoms. On the Ruggles and Rankin, the bottom center has been indented
> with a light whack of the hand, and that would eliminate most of the
> problem. The Mick Casson is elevated on small feet around the bottom,
> also allows the saltglaze to continue across the bottom fo the teapot.
> Jane Hamlyn just has a straight flat bottom, and I believe that thermal
> shock would be an issue on a cold hard surface.
> For the same reason that thermal shock is a problem, a hard, cold counter
> surface will suck the heat out of the tea very quickly with a wide flat
> bottom. Raised feet help keep the coffee or tea hot.
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka

Pfeiffer, Dan R (Dan) on mon 20 feb 06


I can not think of any functional form for which a 'dead-flat' Bottom is

I am not so sure, I have started to make pie plates and chicken rosters
with a dead-flat bottom and think it works better then a foot on the
bottom. I end up with just a nice curve into the bottom that slides in
the oven very nicely.
We were having a problem with oven ware cracking before we stopped
trimming the bottom and now we do not. I am not sure the foot ring had
anything to do with it or if I am just getting better at making them.

Dan & Laurel in Elkmont Al=20
Pfeiffer Fire Arts=20
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