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.


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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