Mochaware Mug Made by Don Carpentier in 1992


Don Carpentier created this exquisite mochaware mug at the end of the 20th century in 1992. The mug has three shades of brown slip combined in a wild and seemingly freeform decoration. In fact, the process of applying the slip to this creamware mug is quite precise. First, the lathe turner, in this case, Don Carpentier, would dip the slip from a three-color cup as he rotated the lathe. Next, he would use a group of quills to comb vertical lines down through the semi-wet slip. The overall effect is remarkable.

Dimensions: 3.75″ tall x 3.25″ diameter

Condition: Excellent. There is some brown slip at the bottom of the mug. This is from the making.

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Don Carpentier dedicated himself to reviving the art of making mochaware. Mochaware is turned on a lathe. To make the pieces with the original techniques, Carpentier went to England, researched, and found original late 18th-century foot-powered lathes, which he refurbished. Don recreated an 18th century village on his father’s property in upstate New York. He named the recreated village Eastfield because it was built in his father’s east field. Don dismantled and reassembled more than 20 historic buildings that still serve as a working laboratory for students attending the Early American Trades and Historic Preservation Workshops. It is the longest-running historic preservation school in the country. This became the place where Don made his mochaware. Don died in 2014, and since then, his mochaware creations have only increased in value.