“NJ Ruga Clay Pottery Espresso Mug” by Terry Plasket. This handcrafted pottery mug was created here at WheatonArts by Resident Master Potter Terry Plasket using the wild clay of New Jersey. Marked on the bottom with the artist's mark, “NJ” and “R” to indicate the NJ Ruga Clay. It is microwave and dishwasher safe. It measures approximately 3″ high x 3.75″ wide including the handle. PLEASE NOTE: Each item is handmade and may differ slightly from the image shown.
More About the NJ Wild Clay
Just a mile from the WheatonArts campus, beneath the beautiful sands of Southern New Jersey, lies a pure, one of a kind, bright orange stoneware clay body. “New Jersey Ruga Clay” was named after the property owners of the land where the clay is mined. Once the clay has been dug from the earth, it is processed by hand, shaped on the pottery wheel, and fired in a natural gas kiln, to solidify.
The bright orange color of the clay comes from the heavy amounts of iron in it. In the kiln firing, this iron darkens, speckling through the glaze colors and turning the clay a deep brown when finished. During the processing stage, the clay is so incredibly pure, and so well compacted, it never has to be screened. It is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. It is truly a potter's dream clay, and can be found only here.