Take an animal mug, for example.
First I create the mug on a pottery wheel and then I make the animal that paste into this freshly made mug. I wait a few hours for the clay to dry somewhat and for it’s texture become a tiny bit harder, then I put the handle on it.
I then scratch the pattern onto the surface of the mug. After that I have nothing else to do with it for a while, I can just let is sit and dry. This can last 5 days or sometimes even up to 2 weeks depending on the weather. I then carefully retouch or smoothen the surface of the mug and then it can go into the kiln.
After I packed the kiln with mugs, I heat it up to 940 degrees Celsius. It takes about 36 hours to warm up and cool down. Only then can the door of the kiln be opened. This process is called first or bisque firing. The clay then solidifies and is ready for glazing.
Once the different coloured glazes have been applied on the mug, it can go to the kiln again, now at 1240 degrees Celsius. This is called glaze firing, which takes a little longer than bisque firing. It takes 3 days for me to take the finished mug out of the kiln.
So all in all, it takes about 4 weeks to make a mug.