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Modern ceramic or pottery mug?

I want to get my husband a nice coffee/tea mug. Something that holds 15-20 oz. Sturdy - for everyday use.

Preferably handmade, though I'd venture away from handmade if I could find something good in either ceramic or pottery.

Etsy is full of pottery, but I'd like something more contemporary than I'm seeing there.

Heath Ceramics would be perfect but their mugs are too small.

I welcome suggestions!

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  1. Sounds like you're looking for something mail-order, but have you considered checking out some local galleries, studios, or artists' communities? I'm in L.A. but have several friends who make a living with their pottery and mugs are some of the biggest sellers. I have several I've received as gifts over the years and love them. I also like that I know they were hand made by people who were passionate about what they do.

    1. I've seen this potter, Paul Eshelman, for years at art fairs and I have also ordered from him online. I like his clean, simple design and his glazes.


      I have both of these larger mugs. I use one for tea and one for coffee.

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      1. re: ChillyDog

        Thanks Chillydog!


        Their covered tea cup with filter basket is enough to sway me away from H. F. Coors. With shipping only showing as 80 cents, how do you say no and stay local?

        1. re: ChillyDog

          That's a pretty clever arrangement with its own basket. A tea-lover's favorite thing.

          1. http://hfcoors.com/cupsandmugs.html

            H. F. Coors makes nice stuff. I really like their coffee mugs!

            Their "big loop" handle mugs are very easy to hold. ;-)

            1. I would suggest a mug made by Frankoma pottery. They are available on eBay or in local shops. I've been using this one for a long time. It holds over 20 oz. good for soup and cereal too.

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              1. re: grampart

                I did a quick look on eBay. Problem is, I prefer the one you've got. Want to sell? (Kidding.)

                1. re: rekha6

                  Maybe you can find a dealer who specializes in Frankoma? (It litters the ground at antique shops in Tulsa.)

                  1. re: rekha6

                    My mug may be one of the more difficult Frankoma styles to find, but there are a lot of others that might fit the bill. The older line was made with a lighter clay (Ada clay) and is pricier and harder to find. The later red clay is more plentiful and cheaper. Here is an example of another large capacity mug (20+ oz.). They also come in different color glazes. Good luck!

                2. People, you are amazing. I absolutely love these ideas, particularly the Eshelman and the Frankoma!!!

                  I have been focusing online because for years we've looked at galleries and craft shows and not seen anything quite right. Plus (and maybe TMI), I'm on pregnancy bed rest, and the internet is my lifeline. So double thanks. And keep 'em coming.

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                  1. re: rekha6

                    I have a few pieces from Kim Westad, including a cup. It's quite large, her mugs runs 15 to 16 oz


                    1. re: gnomatic

                      I LOVE Kim Westad, and I didn't realize she did mugs. Hooray. I think I'm going to have to get my husband a new mug every year... so much good stuff on this thread!

                  2. When googling you might want to use the words tankard or stein for larger mug forms.

                    1. Gwendolyn Yappolo makes some nice larger contemporary looking mugs.

                        1. Seeing some of your suggestions, I realize that searching for porcelain will also get me good results. I passed over it because I imagined it would be too delicate. But I do see some sturdy but more refined styles among your suggestions.

                          1. In the end, I got this: https://www.etsy.com/transaction/2022...

                            It is fabulous in person - more rugged/rustic than I was initially looking for, but with some contemporary/minimalist touches. My husband loves it.

                            As for the rest, I have big plans to buy some Westad and other mugs once my kids are a little older...! Thanks again.

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                            1. re: rekha6

                              Her Shino on Black Mountain tumbler is beautiful!

                              I like buying from Etsy, newly made and also vintage. The quality of vintage ceramics is almost uniformly better than what you buy today at a variety of price points ...

                                  1. re: Leepa

                                    Actually, more reasonably priced than most of the mugs I saw at the size on Etsy, even with shipping. I definitely feel it was worth it - it has real weight, presence, design.

                                    1. re: rekha6

                                      I agree! I wouldn't sell my Frankoma mug for that.

                                      1. re: rekha6

                                        If he loves it and uses it regularly it is totally worth every penny.

                                        I still have an "artsy" mug I bought in my 20's. I'm now near 50. That mug is still my go-to for my morning coffee.

                                        1. re: rekha6

                                          Just curious regarding grampart's comment. As a potter, this is often a comment I hear regarding price. Most people have no idea what it takes to make one.

                                          Don't take offense, but I find this hilarious and typical.


                                          1. re: Leepa

                                            One of the best uses of Xtranormal ever. Thank you for sharing.

                                            1. re: Leepa

                                              Can't really be compared to what you can buy at 'Talmart,' right?

                                              Recently there was a thread about how someone didn't want 'Made in China,' but still wanted to pay MIC prices. Umm ...

                                      2. Find a local potter whose work you like. Most of us are too inaffluent to commission paintings or sculptures, but commissioning a few useable and beautiful ceramic objects won't break the bank. Get two or four mugs made, so you can share the pleasure with your guests.