|Sue Brum's (Hogwild Pottery) high fire mug on the left.|
There is nothing better in my book than a cup (or two) of coffee in the morning and a mug of tea in the afternoon. The biggest dilemma I have is choosing the vessel. I'm a big fan of the story behind the pottery, so it will come as no surprise that I choose my cup or mug based on who I want to share the time with.
The top shelf in my kitchen cupboard is reserved for my collection of handmade mugs. These are the ones I reserve for tea in the afternoon.
Each has a story and is symbolic of something I love.
|Debbie McCarty's elements of surprise, paintings, and mug shape make this a favorite.|
|Couldn't live without this Wayne Fuerst soda fired Mug - purchased at Harvard.|
|One of two given by to me by a dear friend. It's the glazing that I love!|
|A Lizanne Donegan mug...the textural quality could only be made in clay.|
|This little gem I made in college. I love the glazing and the awkward handle that fits just right in my hand.|
On my way to the Dedham Square Artist Guild for my afternoon shift this past Sunday, I stopped into Mocha Java. I'm trying their signature lattes as a special treat that I spend the afternoon at the Guild sipping away on. First it was their Pumpkin latte, this week their Cinnabon latte, next time I might try their Nutty Irishman! Many of the Guild artists have their art up around town. My handmade mugs are displayed and for sale at Mocha Java.
|Mocha Java in Dedham Square|
The shape, size, color and design of a mug, whether it be for coffee or tea or hot chocolate, has to work for the person utilizing the pottery.
Handmade functional pottery is all about
finding that connection.
I find the story of the mug - who made it, where they made it, why they made it - works in tandem with the enjoyment I feel while sipping what it holds.
You can check out more of my handmade mugs on my flickr photo sharing site.