Starting out — a mug’s game

When I started collecting and dealing (and picking) I was frequently reminded about the sheer volume of pottery and ceramics that was being discarded and resold.  Something that hasn’t changed much over thousands of years.

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This is only one aisle of a thrift store and only one object — the simple western mug — to illustrate how hugely important an object and form it is to our culture, to studio potters — the bread and butter of their livelihood so to speak — and to production potteries.

Some of the first pieces of pottery I collected came from sifting through this breakwater of coffee, tea and beer mug forms. So this week I am going to be posting pots for drinking from — to take a line  from our most acclaimed practitioner Robin Hopper — exploring examples worth thinking about and drinking from….

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