2019 – DIY Mug Fundraiser for ECU Metals Guild

Thank you for your interest in this fundraising event. The sessions are over, but please email us if you are interested in learning from our graduate students and helping our program in the process! 

Graphite on Porcelain-Enameled Steel Mug, 2019 Photo and Design by Carolyn A Buss

Would you like to create a personalized gift or keepsake? We’ll help you create a custom mug during our mug workshops.

Image by Smalterie Prague
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Image by Smalterie Prague

These are porcelain-enameled steel mugs—and we’ll show you how to paint and draw on them to create a beautiful piece your friends and family won’t forget. Plus, our undergraduate assistants will help you fire your mug and ensure it’s ready to take home on the same day as the workshop.


The funds from this event go to assist members of the East Carolina University Metals Guild in attending the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference in Chicago, IL. The proceeds will help pay for attendees’ hotel rooms. (Flights and registration fees have already been covered from previous fundraisers and organizations.)


Here are the details:

Session 1  –  April 20th, 2019  Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM

Session 2  –  May 12th, 2019  Sunday 10 AM to 2 PM

Cost:              $65 per person, 18+ only

Location:      Jenkins Fine Arts Center
Metal Design Survey, Room 1322


Included in Mug Workshop
  • Expert instruction on enamel painting and drawing techniques by Professor Mi-Sook Hur and MFA Candidate Carolyn A Buss.
  • 1-16 ounce enameled steel mug, white with a black or blue rim.
  • 3 Practice Circles of enameled steel
  • Use of all painting and drawing materials demonstrated, including pencil, watercolor enamels, liquid enamel, and water-slide decals. Techniques may be combined to create a layered look.


Preparation for Workshop

You’ll be working in our studio. Please make sure to wear things you don’t mind getting a bit dusty or dirty. Open toed shoes are not permitted. Leather boots or shoes are suggested.

Want to practice? Great! The mug’s surface area is about 9” x 3.” You can get an idea for your available surface area.

Graphite, Watercolor, Luster on Porcelain-Enameled Mug 2019, Photo and Mug by Carolyn A Buss
Safety Notes

Some of the materials we use can be toxic, and the metals studio is not a place to wear open toed shoes or to be goofing around. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver. For this reason, we will be firing your mugs for you, as our students and professors are safety trained to use the kiln.


This workshop is open to anyone who is able to hold and use a pencil or paintbrush. OUr building is ADA compliant, however, the metal studio does not have an automatic door opener. There is an elevator and ramps, though the ramps are best used by those with electric wheelchairs.

Ready to help the guild get to the conference and take home a treasure of your own creation?

There are only 16 spots available in each session. After registering below, you can pay here: https://squareup.com/store/materialtopics.  Your privacy is important to us, so the information provided will not be used for any purpose other than to communicate with you regarding this and future workshops.


Register now!