Mug in Dogwood White, 4"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug in Dogwood White, 4"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug in Dogwood White, 4"h (Ben Owen III)
Mug in Dogwood White, 4"h (Ben Owen III)
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Mug in Dogwood White, 4"h (Ben Owen III)

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   Enjoy each morning with your favorite coffee or tea in this one-of-a-kind mug.  The thick application of the Dogwood White glaze resembles the look of icing on a cake.  The rich color of the red clay enhances the white glaze coating to create a striking color contrast.  
   The scalloped design on the base directly reflects the heavy Asian influence in Ben III's form and design, a common theme in his body of work.  The scalloped design is commonly seen in early Chinese glazed pottery during the Song and Tang Dynasties, as well as in early Japanese techniques.  Fully functional, this mug is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe.  Measuring 5.75"l x 4.25"w x 4"h.
Please Note: What appear to be white spots on the surface are reflections from photo lighting.

   During the 1920s, Ben’s grandfather, Ben Owen Sr., was a potter at Jugtown Pottery.  While there, extensive research was done by Jacque Busbee who created many of the colors for the pottery.  The Dogwood White glaze was inspired by Chinese and Japanese white finishes for pottery with a thick coating that resembled icing on a cake.  In 1928, the Busbees of Jugtown entered a vase, made by Ben Owen, in the Dogwood festival with this white glaze.  The vase was awarded best in the show and from that time forward, the vase was called the Dogwood Vase and the glaze named Dogwood White.  This glaze works well for weddings and for a display of flowers.

This piece is hand-signed by Ben Owen III with the year made (2021).