Pewter Drinking Vessel

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Following a hand injury in December 2015, I had difficulty using traditional ceramic cups and mugs with handles for drinking tea or coffee. The main issue was bending and inserting one or two fingers through the handle of the vessel.

This led to a plan to make a new drinking vessel that could be safely held in the hand without needing a handle. I was also interested in creating a drinking vessel that functioned equally well for left and right handed people or people who had difficulty bending their fingers.

The extra challenge is that one of the functions of a handle of a cup is to keep the fingers and hand free from the hot ceramic surface of the vessel.

The solution for this piece is to create a thick walled vessel to still insulate the hot liquid on the internal surface of the vessel while still keeping the hand cool on the exterior surface.

In January 2015 Prof. Rolando Giovannini asked me to submit a ‘coffee cup’ for the ‘Espresso and Cappuccino Cups’ Exhibition at the Cantiniere delle arti Gallery in Castellamonte, Italy. 46 artists were selected for this exhibition on January 20th 2016. 'Pewter Drinking Vessel' was selected for this exhibition. Prof. Giovannini is Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona and the former Principal of the Istituto Statale d’Arte per la Ceramica “Gaetano Ballardini” Liceo Artistico per il Design Ceramico (State Art Institute for Ceramics and Ceramics Design School) in Faenza, Italy, from 1986 to 2012.

The exhibition has continued through seven venues and opened in the Museuo Internazionale Design Ceramico December 17th 2017 until April 8th 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCantiniere delle arti Gallery in Castellamonte, Turin, Italy.
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 10 Jan 2016
Event'Espresso and Cappuccino Cups, Artists, Architects andSculptors, Italian and International. - Cantiniere delle arti Gallery in Castellamonte, Turin, Italy
Duration: 20 Jan 201625 Feb 2016


  • Ceramics. Vessel. Cantiniere delle arti Gallery in Castellamonte
  • Turin
  • Italy


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