It’s Jeff, Connor McGinn Studios’ resident queer production assistant. (Brief sidebar: “Queer”, I mean, you could google it, but-since you asked-my personal preference for identifying as “queer” is, in part to take ownership of a word that has a history of being an insult, and partly not to box myself into an identity that feels too restrictive. “Queer”, to me, is just “Not Straight”. The “Yes, and…” to “Gay”if you will.
Ok, so I wasn't just bringing up being queer for no reason. I’m here to talk about Pride mugs. For Pride Month. Because it's almost June and June is Pride Month.
A mug was always the obvious choice for an item to release as a fundraiser initiative. Its singular nature makes it really approachable. It’s also something that we have a special, intimate relationship with. It’s something most of us use daily. We have a favorite. It’s how we know who the "Coolest Grandma"“World’s Best Lawyer" or "Greatest Boss" is, or who “Loves [their] Pug”. For an object representative of a cause or message it seemed appropriate for it to be something we use on a daily basis and have this kind of relationship with.
This year we’re running withthe NYC Pride Theme of“Strength in Solidarity”.It took a minute to really figure out how we’re going to interpret that on a mug. I thoughtmaybewe’d do mugs representative of all the different Pride Flags. But after about a minute of googling I discovered there's 50 or so pride flags. Then I was worried that by trying to includeeveryone I'd open us up to inadvertently excludingsomeone.
The solution was a happy accident. A few months back a mug that was freshly glazed and about to be loaded into the kiln to be fired got its glaze coat chipped. It happens all the time and we just dab a little glob of glaze on the bald spot and off it goes. Some of the glazes are easier to tell than others, but about half of them are a barely perceivable hue of grey. Connor dipped the mug's handle to touch it up and it went into the kiln.