i am done with mass-produced coffee mugs! i received these new mugs from brit mcdaniel of paper & clay last week and i am totally smitten! i have several other handmade mugs that were made by some of my friends and those are always the cups i go for when i open my cupboards. i have a few souvenir mugs from various places i’ve visited but those have nothing on those handmade mugs. sure, they hold a memory from a trip, or place i lived, but somehow i’m able to enjoy my drink a little more when it comes from this handmade object.
if you’ve ever taken a ceramics course, or know someone who makes pottery, then you know how much time goes into making each and every piece. it’s a long process to make what we make, but the end result is totally worth it. if you’ve yet to purchase a handmade mug, i urge you to go out and find one that calls your name. grab it. feel it. pretend to drink from it. give it a test drive, and my bet is you’ll love it. sure, you’ll pay a little more for it, but that’s the way things are with high-quality items.
when i was in my beginning ceramics course, my teacher at the time and my friend, bo bedilion, was critiquing my mug. he lifted it up, pretended to drink from it, held it in each hand for a moment, and then looked at me and said, “your mug handle is a reflection of your handshake, and based on your handle, i do not want to shake your hand.”
and that’s when i knew mugs were not my specialty! but i’m working on it! i’m really getting much better…