Sue Pryke Mr & Mrs Teacup


These Sue Pryke Mr & Mrs Teacup are my absolute favourites in matt, soft colours and glazed on the outside, made to sit perfectly in the hand

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Sue Pryke Mr & Mrs Teacup available in Pink, Dove and Charcoal

An elegant, simple tea cup, with an unglazed polished finish on the outside, glazed inside, it sits perfectly in the hand.

Individually slipcast from a blend of porcelain clays and hand polished to give a smooth pebbly finish. The clay’s fired to a high temperature until it’s vitrified and no longer porous giving it a stone like quality. 

As each piece is individually made there will be slight changes in each piece and slight colour variations, which is indicative of the material and the hand made processes.  

Colour: milk, rose pink, dove grey, charcoal

Size H60mm D84mm approx

Capacity 220ml approx.

Material: Porcelain

Dishwasher and microwave safe

About Sue Pryke

Sue: ‘My background is firmly rooted in the crafts, having started my journey into ceramics at a small pottery in Lincolnshire in the mid 1980’s. Learning the skills of production throwing; sometimes digging the clay, then wedging and weighing the clay to throw to all the same size and shape.  I found the challenge of this precision absorbing and the repetitive nature satisfying.  I’m sure it was this early interest into repetitive forms that sparked an interest in volume production and the need to have everything the same.

‘After graduation my first job was at Wedgwood as a shape designer, guided by the design team to understand the breadth of ceramic form. From how a plate should sit on the table to how a spout should pour.  I was taught by the highly skilled model makers to understand volume and the transition from 2D to 3D.  A wonderful place to begin a career in ceramics, steeped in history and with such a rich heritage to draw on daily.

‘I’ve worked both as an in-house designer and as a freelance designer for over 20 years for retailers and manufacturers and I still use the skills I learnt in my first job and prefer to work directly with materials, making the initial prototypes, so that I can naturally adapt the forms as the shapes are being made.    

I’m inspired by the everyday and the ordinary; material qualities, textures and the interaction we have with objects.  Small preferences we all make on a daily basis when choosing what cup to take from the cupboard for a cup of tea.’

Sue Pryke studio

Slipcasting is a wonderful way to make ceramics. It’s an industrial processes, using liquid clay, each shape is formed in a plaster mould and can be reproduced. Sue uses this way of working to ensure that each shape is consistent. Each piece needs to be hand trimmed and sponged to form neat rounded edges.

It’s a specialist technique and one of the most challenging ways of making ceramics. The clay has a high water content which means it’s prone to warp more than other clays. It is also notoriously difficult to keep in shape throughout the making process.