This beautiful mochaware mug was created by Don Carpentier at the end of the 20th century. Don dedicated himself to reviving the art of making mochaware. Mochaware is turned on a lathe. In order 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 which still today 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.
This mug is decorated in a lovely variation of the traditional “Cat’s eye” design. The cat’s eye decoration is painted with black, white, and light blue slip. It is placed on three wide bands of slip with the top and bottom bands colored reddish brown, and the middle one colored light blue.
The overall effect is remarkable.
Dimensions: 5.25″ tall x 3.85″ diameter at the base