Hand Painted Ceramic “Sugar Skull” Mugs. No machine manufactured, cultural knock-offs will be found here! Hand molded glazed ceramic mug, exhibiting a bold turquoise background with the Alfenique or Sugar Skull "free hand-painted" in center of each mug. Only lead free paint is used each mug is designed and crafted in conjunction with our fair trade artisans from Guanajuato Mexico. Our artisan crafted mugs are available in three different designs and multiple colors.
Capacity | Dimensions.
8 ounces | 4.5"h x 3.5"diameter x 4.5"depth (with handle).
The Artisan Process Behind Creating Unique Ceramic Vessels.
Made from real "lead free" terra-cotta that is thrown and sculpted by hand and kiln fired with protective glaze. Every mug is twice baked in a high-fire kiln at 1200* - 1500*F the 2nd bake is done in with protective glaze finish. This traditional terra-cotta and kiln firing method will hold the temperature of your hot beverage longer than normal mugs crafted from porcelain. Lead free paint and ceramic, safe to hold liquid or food. Handmade by skilled fair-trade artisans. Safe for microwave, dishwasher safe(top shelf preferred), oven safe. Hand-thrown ceramic and high fire glaze is very durable and will not erode or fade, nor easily scratch.
Where Authentic Hand Painted Sugar Skulls Originated From.
The Sugar Skull mug is a signature Zenwaro design. The hand-painted vibrantly colored skull or calavera was adapted from original art inspired by José Guadalupe Posada commonly referred to as "the father of the Catrina". One of his most renowned sketches "La Calavera Catrina" was originally sketched in 1888 by one of Mexico’s first & most infamous satirical cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada.
Born in a small town located in the state of Aguascalientes, Mexico on February 2, 1852. As a boy Posada was educated by his older brother Cirilo, who was a “campesino”(farmer or country folk) and a school teacher of sorts. Cirilo taught his younger brother how to read, write, and draw. This small but significant bit of education would prove to be a critical asset to Posada as he matured to become a Mexican political printmaker and engraver. Posada’s work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists because of its satirical acuteness and social engagement. He used skulls, calaveras, and skeletons to make political and cultural critiques.