Step 2 – Pressing the Edges of the Cup Blank

Now, use a small brayer to gently press the right and top edges of your 5″ x 10″ clay cup blanks. Now, carefully turn your blanks over and press the reverse sides of the top and right edges. This will give the top of your mug a refined look – and a rim as nice as that of a thrown cup. If you press too hard, you will create a sharp or unattractive edge. Practice with the brayer on bits of scrap until you achieve a nice, rounded look. Many handbuilt cups have a crude or ragged rim that detracts from the visual appeal of the cup.

This tool is not actually a proper brayer for printmaking use, but is a wall-paper seam sealer from the hardware store. They cost about $3, and are available made from wood or plastic – each works equally well.

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