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Crackpot cup competition

This story came about with the support of two special people in my life, my hubby and a fellow sculptor (also one of my best bud’s), who challenged me to have a go when I actually believed it was not possible. Thank you both for not letting me off the hook, and to my hubby who was my right-hand man.

I have never made a cup before. Out of the three categories, the futuristic and mythical categories sparked my interest… this would be an opportunity to make something end to end. What a blast! Once the overwhelm of concept and design passed, I really enjoyed the creative thinking, and I no longer consider these just cups. I learnt so much about hand building, working with clay in a sheet format, glaze application, and troubleshooting glaze faults (post firing unfortunately). I also discovered the front room of our home is a perfect drying room for any future time sensitive projects.

My two cups are far from perfect, and are still a work in progress. Admittedly, it was difficult submitting work that has visible faults, to put my stamp on work I know could be, should be, better. But here is the upside. Putting myself out there makes me want to do better, to hone my skills, and gives context to my goals.

I say love it, own it and share it.

To my surprise, both cups have made it into the exhibition, and will be at the Crackpot Gallery from 20th Nov to 5th Dec. If you in the area, or not, let your curiosity get the better of you, come and check out the all the interesting and amazing cups on show. I have a new-found appreciation for the unassuming cup!

If you are interested in knowing a bit more about the Cyber cup and Zenobia, visit my website gallery at

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