ahmedabad/lion´s mane cup/lion´s mane cup

when I started to think about this project,
this was the first shape that entered my mind.
I have a thing for lions since I visited the sasan gir lion sanctuary years ago.
it is the last place where asian lions can be found in the wild.
despite it´s fierce appearance, this is actually a fine cup to drink from.
the protrusions provide a good grip
and the shape of the rim is comfortable to the lips.
but I understand that it takes some getting used to.
the lady that managed to get a hold of it went to great lengths to
gracefully position variegated leaves in it

cup with flared rim and attached extensions.
it is made from austrian stoneware clay with various coloured engobes.
glazed inside and over the rim