The handcrafted coffee mugs by Seattle-based artist Katie Marks are totally able to receive the status of artwork. Her exquisite work of customization with the addition of beautiful crystal-like structures around each piece turns them into stunning and useful ‘sculptures’.
I always knew I wanted to work with porcelain the translucency and bright color possibilities inspire my imagination. I love the fact that I can take a lump of dirt and turn it into something unique and beautiful from my brain. I love holding my finished pieces and knowing that these only exist in the world because I exist. My process involves first throwing the piece on a potters wheel and then spending hours hand forming each crystal. I love combining the functionality of a wheel thrown piece with the endless possibilities of sculpture. I mix most of my glazes from raw materials. Being able to do this allows me to have a lot more control over the look of the final piece. I fire my work to 2232 degrees which not only makes the clay strong and durable but also changes the glazes and causes them to flow like running water. My work is always growing and changing. I tend to just explore where ever my imagination takes me. I love the play between taking something that they earth does so beautifully and adding my human element to it. I am inspired by my surroundings. As a someone who grew up in Seattle (and now living in Portland) I have lived in the gloom of the overcast sky and week-long rain showers for most of my life. I wanted to show the beauty I see in the gloom.Katie Marks