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May 10, 2014 08:04 PM

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.


            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!