The following is a true story. My sister Sam gave me a wine cup in 2004 or so when she had newly discovered clay herself.
While she didn’t go on to become a potter, she sure started a trend that really began my career in clay. Each of the unglazed wine cups come with a scroll, which explains their existence.
“Once there was a potter who was approached by a little old lady who was carrying a small cup. The lady asked the potter if she could make her a cup like this one. “What is so special about this cup is that it has no glaze on the inside. For some reason I can drink wine from this cup without getting a headache. And, it’s small, so it will fit in my purse.” So the young potter made a cup for the lady and one for herself. She even gave her sister, Amy, one, who thought it was brilliant.
Amy thought this was a wonderful mystery and decided to investigate. She went to another potter who was a biologist. He too thought it was a mystery. Then she went to several vinters in the North Georgia Mountains. All the vintners claimed this relationship between clay and wine: red wine has tannins and histamines which are known to cause headaches. As red wines are made, they are passed through a bentonite (clay) filter to reduce both tannins and histamines.
The potter was fascinated, as she too loved red wines, and decided to make several cups for testing purposes. The little old lady was so pleased she bought one for herself and all her friends. The potter also gave them to all her friends, and they liked them so much they too orders some for their friends. And so on and so on until here today is YOUR very own wine cup that will fit in your purse.
“The truth is in the testing,” said the potter, Amy Strickland, “and we do plenty of testing!”
Welcome to the circle of friends who all believe in the magic of the unglazed wine cups!
PS – To date, after 6 years of making wine cups, I can say that I have them on every continent in the world, thanks to fellow believers who are also globe travelers. The only place they are not, that I know of, is Antartica. And if you are out there, in Antartica, and want one, send me shipping instructions!!! lol I’m just not sure how I’m going to get there….