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Fall might as well be called curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-mug-of-something-warm season, because that’s all we want to do once the temperature dips and the days get shorter. Here at Etsy, we recommend breaking out the ceramics — pottery is having a serious heyday and there is nothing more satisfying to get cozy with. But what makes the perfect mug? In honor of our favorite cold-weather activity, we asked some of Etsy’s mug makers about the most important elements of their ideal vessel, and of course, what they like to put in it.

The one-of-a-kind characteristics of ceramic pieces are a large part of what makes them so appealing. “Each firing is different, so opening the kiln is like opening a giant birthday present every time,” says Liz Aldag, who makes simple, earthy stoneware in Durham, North Carolina, for her shop The Lulu Bird. “It never gets old!” And just as each handmade mug is unique, so is what makes someone fall in love with it. “I prefer a rounded shape so I can cup it nicely in my hands,” says Aldag. “And I like to see the raw clay somewhere on the piece.”

Letting the natural beauty of the original material shine is also important to Decatur, Georgia-based Anna Cole of Little Goats Play. Cole’s work features muted colors and she uses her fingers to create texture, an element she greatly appreciates when choosing her own vessel. “My perfect mug is one that lets me feel the warmth of the drink through the raw clay in my hands, yet find the smooth silky touch of glaze against my lips as I drink,” she says.

And of course, volume is important as well. For Lahla Deakins, the ceramicist behind Burning Fork Studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s a crucial part of functionality: “[My mug] has to be the right size — a little smallish — to hold just enough coffee for me to finish before it gets too cold.” Deakins presses slabs of clay with lace before shaping her pieces and glazing them with vibrant colors; her mugs’ two-finger handles are another signature element.

Oli’s Cupboard creator Oli Divisova, a ceramicist in the Czech Republic whose work has an air of whimsy, makes note of the intangible element that might make you reach for the same mug over and over again. “It has to be really enjoyable to drink from — slightly thin edge, comfortable handle and full of good memories,” she says. “Once the mug becomes your favorite, it’s love forever.”

Hadley Sedgwick, who makes sculptures you can drink from for her Savannah Beach, Georgia-based shop Hadley Clay Studio, highlights how individual each person’s pick is going to be: “Much like art, you make a choice about what speaks to you,” she says. “Is it the image on the mug, the shape, size, color, weight? These are very personal decisions.”

So are the delicious things people decide to fill their favorite mugs with. For Divisova it’s hot wine that she enjoys in front of the fireplace; Deakins sips coffee with lots of cream while reading; Sedgwick sits fireside with her husband and some hot tea. As Cole mentions, a whole ritual can be built around a simple moment with a favorite mug: “I love to wake up early, before the sunrise, and pour a nice steamy cup of Earl Grey as I settle down into my comfy, overstuffed velvet armchair with my fluffy cat Lionel in my lap.”

Though Aldag likes to curl up on her flannel sheets with her laptop and tea or coffee, she points out that most moments can be made special: “A warm mug is just a home run on the comfort meter,” she says. “That’s one reason they make such good gifts — you can give someone a little bit of calm. Even a terrible day can be made better with a lovely cup of something warm!”

What makes your favorite mug special?

Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

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  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords says: Featured

    For me the perfect mug is a really large one. I mean big. 20 oz is “too small”. So I can sip my vanilla cinnamon tea for a long lingering while, as the scent fills the air in my office. There’s nothing better than a wonderfully crafted handmade mug, unique and original with the characteristics of the potter. That’s the Good Stuff of Life!

    1 year ago

  • ecarnellpotter

    Elisabeth Carnell from ecarnellpotter says: Featured

    Drinking hot, spiced wine while I watch brightly colored leaves dancing in the evening wind is one of my favorite things about fall. Mugs are one of the most personal things in the kitchen, I think - a certain rim, size, shape, handle, or heft (not to mention texture, color, and decoration!) is necessary to make the mug *truly* ours... it's the piece/s we spend the most time with, day to day.

    1 year ago

  • melissamayapottery

    Maya Rumsey from MelissaMayaPottery says: Featured

    I feel so lucky to be included in this group of wonderful mugs! The thing I love about these Wandering Line mugs is the way the curve fits right into your hand. To me a perfect mug should fit like a glove, you never want to put it down. I absolutely love making mugs because while they're simple and everyday they are also an intimate object we become so attached to! Like you see in all these comments! Hooray for the tea/coffee/hot chocolate season coming up!

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    I love every single one of these mugs! My personal collection is amazing and I'm always looking for new mugs to continue its growth. These picks are beautiful!

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Some terrific examples of the beautiful ceramics here on etsy. Such a wide range of shapes, colors, thicknesses, designs....something for everyone and anyone. I have always likes a somewhat rustic mug for hot cocoa, while for tea I like a more delicate feeling. I also have a large mug I love for soup. Makes me wish cold weather would arrive here (Florida) so hot beverages would be more appealing! I have given mugs as gifts in the past because they are so useful and lovely....I think maybe I'll look at putting them on my shopping list this holiday season :)

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    I don't have a favorite mug yet, but one of these would do just fine! Great picks!

    1 year ago

  • pretentiousAnne

    pretentiousAnne from pretentiousAnne says:

    I love mugs that have a wide girth and smaller, tapered opening up top - like the Belly Tree Mug by FringeandFettle! The best for keeping warm winter drinks toasty longer!

    1 year ago

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns says:

    Gorgeous collection of mugs!

    1 year ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    Michele Iljazi from OneDecember says:

    I love this post!!! I absolutely adore mugs, have quite the collection, and am always on the lookout for more special pieces to collect. All of these picks are so lovely and beautiful. My husband often makes fun of me because he says I "have a problem" with mugs! Ha! I am always finding new, fabulous mugs to bring home. :) Awesome segment - one of my favorites! There are so many beautiful and unique mugs here on Etsy. I enjoy a nice, big, uniquely-shaped mug with a large handle. Looks like I've discovered a few new favorites through this post!

    1 year ago

  • magiczipzap

    MagicZipZap from MagicZipZap says:

    I love these mugs. Awesome!

    1 year ago

  • HansHolzkopf

    Natalie from HansHolzkopf says:

    Beautiful mugs!!! I like a big mugs:) ! Love the Belly Tree Mug!

    1 year ago

  • pretentiousAnne

    pretentiousAnne from pretentiousAnne says:

    A mug as a gift for the holidays made by one of these artists would sure be more impressive than any old mug! Beautiful creations!

    1 year ago

  • pretentiousAnne

    pretentiousAnne from pretentiousAnne says:

    @Nataliya I agree about the Belly Tree Mug

    1 year ago

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords says: Featured

    For me the perfect mug is a really large one. I mean big. 20 oz is “too small”. So I can sip my vanilla cinnamon tea for a long lingering while, as the scent fills the air in my office. There’s nothing better than a wonderfully crafted handmade mug, unique and original with the characteristics of the potter. That’s the Good Stuff of Life!

    1 year ago

  • beadyiz

    WS Carmichael says:

    Love this post -- I thought I was the only one seeking out the perfect mug! Isn't wonderful that perfection comes in so many different forms?!?

    1 year ago

  • pumpkiandmo

    Kathi from PumpkiAndMo says:

    Wow, it's hard to make a choice which one to choose if I'd have to :) Beautiful insight!

    1 year ago

  • dorothydomingo

    Dorothy Domingo from dorothydomingo says:

    I like larger mugs that can hold at least 15 ounces of coffee, but shape and surface decoration are important as well as the placement of the handle. I collect and use other potters' mugs; using only my work is like only talking to myself! Drinking from another artist's cup is like having a conversation with them.

    1 year ago

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost says:

    Mugs are the big cumfy couches of the tea-cup world. They make it good to be inside and out of the cold.

    1 year ago

  • callunamuse

    Heather from CallunaMuse says:

    Oh these are the cutest mugs! I couldn't pick just one for sure! Beautifully handmade mugs filled with coffee (or espresso if it's a tough morning ;) )make the perfect mug for me!

    1 year ago

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap says:

    Oh that's awesome! I took some pottery classes in college and I loved it - keep up the great work, best wishes!

    1 year ago

  • babaluccia1

    Babaluccia-FATTO con AMOre from Babaluccia says:

    I love to drink tea in the cup for me she should be velvety to the touch and a rounded shape to wrap your hands on it the color should be romantic...!!!

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    For me, a mug has to have a thin rim to drink from & a big enough handle for at least 3 fingers, & I prefer straight, parallel sides to tapered or rounded. It also helps if it's totally unbreakable, as I get absolutely devastated when I break my favourite mug! I actually have favourite mug/spoon combinations, so the spoon in question measures out exactly the right amount of whatever I'm drinking in that particular mug. In winter weather there's nothing quite like hot chocolate with marshmallows to make the world seem a little kinder...

    1 year ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers says:

    Yes, the perfect mug is required for my morning coffee. I have only one that works perfectly featuring a super cute monster. It was made by one of my fellow Plush Team members and I can't have my morning coffee without it. In fact, I'm notorious for leaving my coffee cup in the strangest of places so that I'm forced to hunt all over hell's half acre looking for it in the morning. Odd places I've found it over the years: in my shower, in my car, outside on a garden bench. I love my mug! :)

    1 year ago

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore says:

    My favorite mug by far is one with cocoa and large, half-melted marshmallows inside. ;)

    1 year ago

  • whichgoose

    Emily Suidikas from whichgoose says:

    Love these little insights from the designers!!! I have much respect for ceramicists (btw -- I never knew that was the proper word for a potter!)

    1 year ago

  • chARiTyelise

    Charity Hofert from chARiTyelise says:

    wow-- i love to talk mugs :o) All of these mugs that are featured are just exquisite!! i love them all! i sure would love to see some more color here though.... Showcasing beautiful mugs would be a great time to throw in some color, don't you think?

    1 year ago

  • landdelements

    Kelly from LANDDelements says:

    its hard to find a good mug. I love these

    1 year ago

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady says:

    We do have favorite mugs and for different reasons! I also like a smooth edge for the lips, smallish mug so morning coffee doesn't get cold too quickly and I like a white matt finish. We've had a set of white mugs for years and when we bought a new set of dishes I realized I couldn't give up my favorite white mugs.

    1 year ago

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects says:

    Great picks! There's nothing like a beautifully crafted stoneware mug to sip a warm beverage from! I always look for a handle that is a perfect, comfortable fit for my hand, and those with a thumb rest get extra brownie points. Most important are the glazes and surface decoration... I lean toward matte glazes and speckles. Bring on the hot cocoa!

    1 year ago

  • LittleTinyChef

    TinyCookies from TinyCookies says:

    Cute mugs!

    1 year ago

  • JNpottery

    Judy Nevius from JNpottery says:

    Charity, I agree. As nice as neutral tones can be, without some color, life is dull! I love my mug collection, both those I have made and those I have gotten from other potters.

    1 year ago

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop says:

    Hot wine?? Don't think I could do that one, but a hot cup of coffee (what I live on) or a hot cup of cocoa... Mmmm yum!

    1 year ago

  • Splendere

    Pearlie from Splendere says:

    My mug has been with me for almost two decades now. It lasted because somehow I always take special care when washing it. I bought it from a charity fair and it's hand-painted!

    1 year ago

  • ecarnellpotter

    Elisabeth Carnell from ecarnellpotter says: Featured

    Drinking hot, spiced wine while I watch brightly colored leaves dancing in the evening wind is one of my favorite things about fall. Mugs are one of the most personal things in the kitchen, I think - a certain rim, size, shape, handle, or heft (not to mention texture, color, and decoration!) is necessary to make the mug *truly* ours... it's the piece/s we spend the most time with, day to day.

    1 year ago

  • kararane

    Kara Rane from kararane says:

    Color !! touch, shape, friendship..memories.. and of course handmade love.

    1 year ago

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery says:

    My best friend is a potter. I have one of her mugs that she made when we were just out of college and it's interesting to see how much better her mugs have gotten over the years. Thumb placement is key! I need a place to put my thumb and fingers so I don't burn myself on the mug. She's solved that problem.

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Love them!

    1 year ago

  • realfaery

    realfaery from realfaery says:

    I am really a mug fun. But I have only one at the time. The latest I have for a few years, from a very good potter. I just can't leave it behind, it travels with me though Europe. I think it has to break for me to buy another one, but it will be definitely from Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • flowerandpearlstudio

    Peggy Hamlin from FlowerandPearlStudio says:

    I think the perfect mug for me is kind of rounded with and interesting smooth undulating suface. Also, I love it when a potter uses glaze effects that causes interesting patterns. It is like drinking out of a little piece of abstract art.

    1 year ago

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby says:

    Great Mugs!

    1 year ago

  • BrendaWattsWoodwork

    Brenda Watts from CattailsWoodwork says:

    Another lover of the bare clay showing...I have a few favorites I have received from Etsy potters..not too big, wonderful to hold, beautiful to look at.

    1 year ago

  • hadleyclay

    Hadley Sedgwick from hadleyclay says:

    Great story, Lisa! Thank you so much for including my shop among such amazing talent. This story is perfect this time of year! I love reading everyone's personal relationships with their mugs!

    1 year ago

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery says:

    I make so many mugs, I could do them in my sleep:>) My personalized mugs have some bare clay showing, but the rest are completely glazed. Tried some new ones, with the saucer attached and my customers seem to love them♥ Love the one that are shown here too!!

    1 year ago

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from BeadingTimes says:

    georgeous collection!! love it!!

    1 year ago

  • islandgirlpottery

    Jacqueline Allard from IslandGirlPottery says:

    Great picks all. Hadleys is so stinking cute!

    1 year ago

  • BTSoulArt

    Brian at RetroAesthetic from RetroAesthetic says:

    I've got to agree... Hadley's is absolutely adorable. A raccoon you can get close to! ;)

    1 year ago

  • melissamayapottery

    Maya Rumsey from MelissaMayaPottery says: Featured

    I feel so lucky to be included in this group of wonderful mugs! The thing I love about these Wandering Line mugs is the way the curve fits right into your hand. To me a perfect mug should fit like a glove, you never want to put it down. I absolutely love making mugs because while they're simple and everyday they are also an intimate object we become so attached to! Like you see in all these comments! Hooray for the tea/coffee/hot chocolate season coming up!

    1 year ago

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware from fineartstoneware says:

    Great collection of mugs here!

    1 year ago

  • rosannaburford

    Rosanna Burford from RosannaBurford says:

    What a wonderful collection of mugs! I have a great collection myself and find so much joy in using 'the mug of my choice' for every cup of tea :)

    1 year ago

  • fourbabyzzzz

    Janice-Lynne Varner from FourBabyzzzz says:

    Great collection of mugs. Love the lace print one. Need to go get a mug of coffee now...

    1 year ago

  • fancy4u

    fancy4u from BrushAndFeather says:

    i'm ready to throw out all my coffee mugs and go shopping here, these are so great!

    1 year ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    i've been lookin' for THE right coffee mug for quite a while now...♥ thank you so very much for posting this article! ;---)

    1 year ago

  • gardenmis

    Priscilla from Gardenmis says:

    The perfect mug is truly a treasure!

    1 year ago

  • PaperSynthesis

    Lisa McGarry from PaperSynthesis says:

    I can truly relate to this wonderful post (lots of nods of agreement as I read through). I choose my cup/mug according to what I'm drinking - something chunkier for coffee or hot chocolate, and thinner/finer for tea. But really it matters also on the mood I'm in or the time of day - or what I might be eating alongside my hot drink. In picking out a new cup to buy, I will consider the color, the shape, the size & the general proportions; it's the right combination of all these factors that determines which I choose...more of an instinctual thing in the end. I think my favorites are a set of four made by a local artist: brown with a glaze of cream/pale lavender around the edges (and of course each is a little different from the other). Happy drinking to all of those passionate about what they drink from!

    1 year ago

  • jillatay

    Jill from jillatay says:

    The EtsyMudTeam is having its annual mug swap this month, I always get 2 or 3 new mugs that way, some I love so much I'm afraid to use them so they sit proudly on my special shelf. Of course all potters feel this way but stoneware and porcelain are magical materials that sing when you touch them. Hadley, your mug is so adorable.

    1 year ago

  • Misspottery

    Melissa from MissPottery says:

    As you can see from my avatar, I am also a mug maker. Love to make them and love to collect them too. It's nice to see a big write up about all the handmade pottery available here on Etsy. There is something for everyone.

    1 year ago

  • ThomasHouhaDesigns

    Thomas Houha from ThomasHouhaDesigns says:

    Very nice collection. Thanks for sharing.

    1 year ago

  • LomaPrietaPottery

    Terry Parker from LomaPrietaPottery says:

    I love mugs - both having and using a variety and making them! I always have a favorite mug that I use daily -- although the specific mug changes when I find a new favorite. And I am very picky about handles -- they need to both look and feel good relative to the mug they are attached to. I can usually tell by looking if the handle is going to feel good! Terrific collection of mugs in this post.

    1 year ago

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse says:

    I myself prefer a small mug, however I love all the wonderful picks you have above. I use my large clay mugs for decoration. Love this post. Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • NatureCity

    Brandt from NatureCity says:

    Great article! I own hadleyclay's bear mug and am coo-coo for it! It holds the fire in my work space while I'm away. :)

    1 year ago

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark says:

    I love a good mug!! Great post.

    1 year ago

  • EarthElements

    Kathi from EarthElements says:

    Gotta love a handmade mug. ........ Looking forward to the etsy mudt teams mug swap coming up in another week too.

    1 year ago

  • brucepark

    Bruce Park from BruceParkArts says:

    Nothing better than a hot cup of tea in my favorite mug. These are some awesome replacements! Great article.

    1 year ago

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts says:

    Nothing like a favorite mug! Love them!

    1 year ago

  • lisaleonhardt

    Lisa Leonhardt from leonhardtceramics says:

    Handmade mugs=best mugs ever!

    1 year ago

  • BirdEnergy

    Genise Park from GeniseParkArts says:

    Love this a good mug.

    1 year ago

  • jennyblasenpottery

    Jenny from jennyblasenpottery says:

    My cupboards are overflowing with mugs! I try to collect them from other potters I meet at art fairs. Have a few favorites right now, one from Jean's Clay Studio here on Etsy and one from a local potter here in Madison.

    1 year ago

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign says:

    Beautiful finds - think I might have to add one to my christmas wish list!

    1 year ago

  • lanieves

    Leslie Nieves from TamarackStoneware says:

    From this blog post and the usual grey and beige fare on the Front Page, one would never guess that there are absolutely gorgeous and colorful mugs available on Etsy. Keep looking and you'll be rewarded.

    1 year ago

  • ejaejovna

    Nyuta Orlova from EjaEjovna says:

    So beautiful finds! Love them all!

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Mugs great for us , great with friends :) Mugs means a lot :)

    1 year ago

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC says:

    Awesome choices! Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • anamariah

    Ana Maria from TimelessBeautyVtg says:


    1 year ago

  • BarkingSandsVintage

    Jeni Sandberg from BarkingSandsVintage says:

    I bought one of my favorite mugs from Jennifer Hill, a ceramic artist I found here on Etsy (mikioiceramics). I was headed to Kauai on vacation and did a local search to see what sorts of Etsy sellers I might come across while I was there. I was in touch with Jennifer before my trip and she custom designed a b-i-g coffee cup for me, similar to the smaller sake cups she had listed. Each side is incised with a rooster--appropriate for that morning wake up, and if you've ever been to Kauai, you know that chickens are everywhere! I picked up the mug from Jennifer in her Kauai studio--more than 5,000 miles from home!--and have enjoyed using my one-of-a-kind mug ever since.

    1 year ago

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  • potsnpurses

    nelle from nelledesign says:

    absolutely gorgeous selections. I want them ALL!!!

    1 year ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    Amy Gunderson from amysfunkyfibers says:

    Our local art's center had a fundraiser for the soup kitchen. The soup was served in bowls and mugs made and donated by artists- great idea!

    1 year ago

  • dovies

    Lindsay Finch-Field from DOVIESlovingKNITS says:

    I am a huge coffee drinker, i love these mugs. \the top one is my favorite and then the cushion ones. WOW

    1 year ago

  • keep04605

    Betsy Keep from Betsysbijoux says:

    Great mugs but you left out the perfect for a guy, mega mug with the oversized handle for a fellow to really muckle onto!

    1 year ago

  • spinningstarstudio

    Jennifer Hanson from spinningstarstudio says:

    I love making mugs with cat and dog faces on them. I paint on the faces with wax resist so each one is a little different. It's especially fun when they are all lined up on the table waiting to be glazed. I always want my mugs to be the favorite one that gets used every morning!

    1 year ago

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered says:

    Thank you for this post! I love handmade mugs, so it's wonderful to hear the makers talk about what's crucial to them. I have a zillion mugs, but there's just 2 or 3 I gravitate to most of the time. Nothing beats hot cocoa warming your hands in your favorite mug.

    1 year ago

  • superveshmashina

    Monika from MozakNaPasiCeramics says:

    Great mug collection! I can imagine having each one in my cupboard! Since I've started working with clay, I begun to apreciate hand made mugs, and as a part of the Etsy Mud Team, I see my colleague potters make beautiful ones, a state of art. Thank you for this post, it really inspires!

    1 year ago

  • carnevaleclay

    carnevaleclay from carnevaleclay says:

    honored to be among these potters! thank you so much!

    1 year ago

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries says:

    Love the imaginativeness in this collection!

    1 year ago

  • ecarnellpotter

    Elisabeth Carnell from ecarnellpotter says:

    I have a set of those listed, Betsy Keep! :) Dainty, they're not!

    1 year ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    Karen Fiorino from ClayLickCreekPottery says:

    Very beautiful mugs picked and shown--Hadley's raccoon is a sweetie. I understand the grey theme for this collection, but personally, I like a splash of color on my mugs. Check out the Etsy Mud Team's potters and the big selection of mugs in all sorts of colors available!

    1 year ago

  • creativeclassics

    creativeclassics from creativeclassics says:

    My favourite mug is one that I was given as a Christmas present many years ago. It has blue and white hoops and "Queens Park Rangers" in red lettering. Yes, it's a football mug, but it's been with me through university, moving back home and now it's in London with me in my flat. I hope it's still around when I'm ready to move into my own house :D It's been with me so long I know I'll cry when it inevitably breaks.

    1 year ago

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion says:

    Very nice cups!

    1 year ago

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle from BHBKidstyle says:

    Wonderful mugs! They are essential in my life! :)

    1 year ago

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney says:

    Gorgeous selection. Perfect for winter time and not only.

    1 year ago

  • tammi885

    Tammi Young from FrenchRobinDesigns says:

    Beautiful work. Hard to pick a favorite. I especially love the descriptions from the artists. I may select a few for Christmas gifts. Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • needleyou

    Leslie Richardson Dryg from NeedleYou says:

    Lovely to read! Just got into pottery and mastering an awesome mug for me is high on the wheel spinning list. : D

    1 year ago

  • MakeMeUnique

    Tara from CrowdCapture says:

    Great mugs! Mugs tend to be very special. Especially individual designed ones. My brother bought a mug for my mums birthday with a childhood picture of me and my brother on with love hearts going all the way round it. She loved it so much and its now placed on the kitchen window ledge.

    1 year ago

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage says:

    Incredible finds! I'm so into handmade ceramic mugs. I have a couple handful of favorites I need to decide on buying soon for our home. :)

    1 year ago

  • jesusochando

    Jesús Ochando from JesusOchando says:

    You do a fantastic job Lisa I love taking my hot coffee while working in the studio. All the best

    1 year ago

  • biscuitcuit

    Neus Batllori Bas from BiscuitCuit says:

    I am so very happy to see my mugs here! What can I say? I love using mugs. I have my favorite one for tea, the one for morning coffee, the perfect one for hot chocolate, and even one for ice cream. : )

    1 year ago

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads says:

    I like mine big enough for a huge bowl of soup!

    1 year ago

  • MintEDesigns

    Mint Evans says:

    I love the unusual raccoon mug made by Hadley Sedgwick. I’ve been a fan of her work for a very long time and her creativity never fails her audience.

    1 year ago

  • StylishKiddies

    StylishKiddies from StylishKiddies says:

    Just Beautiful love those mugs

    1 year ago

  • thelulubird

    Liz Aldag from TheLuluBird says:

    I'm so honored to be featured among these great potters!

    1 year ago

  • firenflux1

    Emily Adams and Dana Paredes from firenfluxhandmade says:

    I love to make and use large mugs so I can savor the coffee or tea longer. I also love color in my mugs and look for mugs that not only have a great shape, but great textures too. That's why I carve all my pots. Holding that mug in your hands is such a tactile experience I want something interesting to tantalize my fingers with!

    1 year ago

  • NirvanaRoad

    Lisa from NirvanaRoad says:

    Fabulous gift ideas!

    1 year ago

  • woodiphonecases

    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases says:

    these are amazing really feeling the one from the BurningForkStudio Also PaperandClayStudio, they look like small pans. I mean that in a good way, It has a cool look to them and the handles

    1 year ago

  • kmccarte

    Katie W from CraftyGirlMerch says:

    All of the mugs shown look perfect for hot chocolate. :)

    1 year ago

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely says:

    gah! I love a perfect mug. volume & shape is key!

    1 year ago

  • alethiah

    Alethia from FortnersFinds says:

    Great read!

    1 year ago

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth says:

    I love all of the textures. ♥♥♥

    1 year ago

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger says:

    Love your work...

    1 year ago

  • brookhousepottery

    Dorothy Brady from brookhousepottery says:

    A mug is such a personal choice and people tend to have their favorite. I make and sell mugs and always love to hear the comments of the buyer as to why they are choosing a particular mug either for a gift or for themselves. Color, texture and size are so individual and then how it feels in ones hand. I go for color first in choosing.

    1 year ago

  • oliandoli

    Oli Divisova from OlisCupboard says:

    Great topic! Lovely article. I feel honored to be part of this! Thanks Lisa

    1 year ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 says:

    I'd have a hard time just picking one, love them all, so cute!

    1 year ago

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans says:

    beautifull.... lets move way from disposables.

    1 year ago

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld says:

    There are few things in life more soothing for me than settling in at night with a cup of chamomile tea, in my favorite mug. Lovely finds here...maybe I'll find a new favorite!

    1 year ago

  • TwoStylishSisters

    Aubrey and Nicole Goulet from TwoStylishSisters says:

    I love a great mug, especially one that is XXL to accommodate the copious amount of caffeine I require to be a functional human. The mugs featured here would all make lovely additions to my collection :)

    1 year ago

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta says:

    I guess I have a more unsophisticated taste in mugs. The one I always reached for had a cartoon of two bears and said Friends Make it Bearable. That is until it spontaneously cracked along its length and drained its contents. But its cheesy, easy humor always made me laugh.

    1 year ago

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry says:

    I like the tree mug. Very striking color contrast.

    1 year ago

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt says:

    My favorite mug is one that my son painted. He painted a mouth and vampire teeth, I think he was 8? I asked him why he painted just the mouth? He said because he mad a cupula. I thought that was brilliantly clever

    1 year ago

  • needleandfelt

    Amy from needleandfelt says:


    1 year ago

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots says:

    Every person's hand is different. The mug has to feel right in hand - balanced weight, comfortable handle, smooth lip. Some people like to hold mugs with one hand; some with two, wrapping one around the body. I make mugs in different sizes and shapes for those reasons. I think the mug is the most personal of all the ceramic forms.

    1 year ago


    DEMET from DEMET says:

    I love every single one of them :)))

    1 year ago

  • madmud

    Madeleine Hall-Arber from madmud says:

    This is a fascinating thread--so many wonderful creations and such diverse favorites! I started making flamingo mugs some years ago as a tribute to an artist in our town who loved plastic flamingos--then found that great blue herrings make a striking statement. That led to special orders for blue-footed boobies, a wonderful grey parrot, an octopus and a host of other critters. My latest favorite is an espresso cup with a squid hiding under the handle!

    1 year ago

  • LaurenBauschOriginal

    Lauren O'Quinn from LaurenBauschOriginal says:

    I'm an avid collector and creator of mugs too. I think mugs are one of the better examples of my pottery. I also love color, larger mugs (but I also have small ones too), throw lines or other textures, but most importantly: the handle... Handles are a great challenge that never gets old. A great mug must have a nice handle, and rim, and form...Wow! So much depends on a mug...

    1 year ago

  • TheMudPlace

    Leslie from TheMudPlace says:

    I just love a good mug! Once I have one I love, no one is allowed to touch it too. Thank you for writing this.

    1 year ago

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 says:

    I really love the Autumn mug. It is very special.

    1 year ago

  • Netters272

    Jnet and Em from JnetsJunque says:

    Ditto on the autumn mug

    1 year ago

  • bellefast

    Bellefast Dames from Earringsnumber1 says:

    Some terrific examples of the beautiful ceramics here on etsy. Such a wide range of shapes, colors, thicknesses and designs....something for everyone and anyone. Great job!!!

    1 year ago

  • TealPoodle

    TealPoodle from TealPoodle says:

    Amazing mugs! They are all so perfect.

    1 year ago

  • FawningInLove

    Fawning Inlove from FawningInLove says:

    These are all very unique!

    1 year ago

  • SeaCoastJewels

    Samantha LeBlanc from SeaCoastJewels says:

    I love Etsy for all it's unique artisans. These mugs are gorgeous! They'd make wonderful gifts!

    1 year ago

  • TheBloomingHare

    Gretchen Ellen Powers from TheBloomingHare says:

    There is nothing like a grand mug! It makes the entire hot beverage experience so much better, and becomes a good friend!

    1 year ago

  • mosmea

    francesca mosmea from MosMea says:

    wonderful selection!

    1 year ago

  • aquarellesparis

    ChG Aquarelles from AquarellesParis says:

    i like the black and white mug :) hello from Paris

    1 year ago

  • leafprintstudio

    Camille from leafprintstudio says:

    My favorite mugs always get broken, probably because they get used the most!

    1 year ago

  • kelcinator13

    Kelcey Murray from InfiniteLoveDesign says:

    As it comes closer to winter having that perfect mug makes sipping tea or lattes that much more enjoyable. I love the uniqueness of all of these mugs and love listening to the creators and how much passion they have for their business. I cant wait to have my own home and fill my cabinets with different and unique mugs!

    1 year ago

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique says:

    Fab selection!

    1 year ago

  • allisonshafer

    Allison Gross from OakLeafCrafts says:

    I have a passion for not only making mugs, but also collecting them. I consider myself to have a bit of a collecting problem actually. My favorite mug fits just right into my hands, has a soft matte glaze finish, and fits just the right amount of coffee in it. Mmm... I think that I might go make some coffee now.... Thanks for posting. I loved this.

    1 year ago

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry says:

    Oh the search for the perfect mug! too wide and your drink gets too cold, to small not enough for me, pretty design with a small handle hubbys fingers don't fit.

    1 year ago

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial says:

    I have been searching for the perfect mug for years. It has to be the right weight - not too light and definitely not too heavy. The handle has to fit my fingers perfectly and it has to fit a latte. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who loves a good coffee mug. I wish I could buy them all!

    1 year ago

  • rumpleshop

    Rumple from AnemoneReadsPaperie says:

    Oh, mugs are difficult! Needs to be large, at least 16oz. Handle must be large enough to fit all my fingers in comfortably. Lip has to be just so that the last drop doesn't spill down the side. Most important - one made for left-handers! Most mugs have the decoration on the left of the handle, so right-handers can enjoy the design. And left-handers only get a blank side. So I doubly appreciate it when mug designers take the left handed minority into consideration! My favorites mugs have admittedly been from Starbucks. They just know their stuff!

    1 year ago

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry says:

    Beautifull, I Love them all.

    1 year ago

  • taylorvictoriaa

    Taylor Cannon from RetroFriday says:

    These are all so beautiful! I collect coffee mugs (I guess that's my "weird" thing) so I am fawning over these

    1 year ago

  • AbFabTea

    Lynne and Leslie Galluzzo from AbFabTea says:

    My mom and I have our tea business. We are both big mug drinkers and have found that with our blends that it is a must to have it be good even in the biggest mug.

    1 year ago

  • MiriamsKiln

    Miriam Loory Krombach from MiriamsKiln says:

    A good mug has to be the right size and weight. It needs to be thick enough that the drink stays warm and large enough for whatever size coffee or tea the owner wants each day. Everyone in our house has their own favorite!

    1 year ago

  • Kirameku

    Maxime from Kirameku says:

    Lovely mugs, they are great for the cold weather we're having these days in Montreal :S For me, a good mug is not too heavy, yet very large so you can pour a lot of tea in it and allow it not to ''cool off'' as soon as it hits the ceramic surface. It needs to be large so there is no waste in tea or time when I'm sitting down at my studio. It also need to be heat proof so I don't burn my fingers off as soon as I take the cup into my hand : )

    1 year ago

  • Bessiescreations

    Bessie from BessiesCreations says:

    Oh I love mugs! I like to use my mug for most of my drinks except water :-). They are so special and unique :-)

    1 year ago

  • BretPendlebury

    Bret Pendlebury from BretPendlebury says:

    ill take one for whisky! cheers!

    1 year ago

  • belflew

    belflew says:

    I'm such a mug fanatic. I have three shelves full, many from etsy, all gorgeous and lovely to hold. They have to be large, so my tea or coffee or cocoa can keep me company for a long time! I'm drinking from this one right now: Here are a couple more I love:

    1 year ago

  • TheCupcakeMarket

    Julie Lynn from imjulielynn says:

    Very cool! I love mugs and drink tons of coffee/tea. :)

    1 year ago

  • fedepug95

    Federica Moretti says:

    I just love mugs, don't know why but I litterally have a thing for them. I have lots and my mother has now started hating me because they don't fit anymore in the cupboard, oops! I can't help buying them when I seen one that catches my attention, like love at first sight! I use them all the time :) my favourite one is red with white pois. They're lovely, that's all :)

    1 year ago

  • JudyBFreeman

    Judy Freeman from JudyBFreeman says:

    In search of the perfect mug. It's such a personal thing and needs to be well thought out. From the top, the lip needs to be nice and smooth, and slightly tapered, heading down the body of the mug, I love a mug with a bit of a waist so that I have a place to rest my hands as I wrap them around the warm mug on a chilly day. I also like them to be a bit larger in the bottom so that they can keep the beverage warm. For the handles, again this has to be thought through, I love to have a place to rest my thumb as well as if I have a large mug with a full load I like a place to land my pinky for stability. I like the handle to be large enough and go out enough so that I can get all of my fingers through without having to touch the outside of the mug and burn my fingers. That's happened to me with some gorgeous mugs, and it breaks my heart. I love vibrant surface decoration. so often our mugs are brought to work and in our offices and a fabulously decorated mug brightens up our environment. I'm a mug collector and mug maker and over the years have given the art of mug a lot of thought. Finding the right one can be such a celebration.

    1 year ago

  • bbrunophotography

    Bonnie Bruno from BonnieBruno says:

    My favorite mug used to be a small retro mug my mom brought back from a trip when I was a teen. Later, it changed to a sweet mug with a certain grandbaby's picture smiling back at me. Lately, I find myself pouring my early-morning coffee into an oversized Christmas mug that I received from a dear friend whom I met the week before she was to have a kidney transplant. That mug is just the right size, with just the right handle and a cheerful print. It has a crack along its rim, which refuses to leak (so far) and which only adds to its charm. Most of all, it reminds me of the importance of special people who sweeten my life.

    1 year ago

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna says:

    Ou, i loved the fox mug :)

    1 year ago

  • jewelrycollectibles

    Peggy Johnson from jewelrycollectibles says:

    My perfect cup is lightweight and made of porcelain. White. Has a shear thinness and the light can almost shine through it. Who makes my perfect cup?

    1 year ago

  • Jugosa

    Jugosa Poliakov from Jugosa says:

    I love mugs

    1 year ago

  • jzsedlockpottery

    jackie sedlock from jackiesedlockpottery says:

    Mugs are essential. We drink from them, eat out of them, scoop stuff with them, use them for isntruments.. The perfect mug. About 8 oz keeps my coffee hot. 3 finger handle. Stout, not too thin, not too thick. And a lip that curves out just a slight bit to meet my lips. What a sweet collection here!

    1 year ago

  • pookdesignz

    Amanda Gwynne-Farrish from pookdesignz says:

    I love mugs too - will need to purchase a few of those hand sculpted and hand painted mugs here on Etsy - the mugs I have are just a generic bunch bought from a major retailer - they suffice but the ones featured here really give mugs true definition of what a mug ought to be!

    1 year ago

  • pookdesignz

    Amanda Gwynne-Farrish from pookdesignz says:

    The mugs featured here truly give definition to what a mug ought to be - will look into purchasing a set sometime soon - as my own set is a generic brand from a major retailer - white, plain, flat - booring! So I definitely need to shop for a great set of mugs on Etsy:)

    1 year ago

  • houseofmark

    Salpie and Karena from HouseOfMark says:

    I love these mugs! They are the cutest mugs I've ever seen.

    1 year ago

  • debcottages

    Debbie McFarland from MemoryCottages says:

    Very cute mugs! One can never have enough mugs for different needs. Really big ones to hold soup are my fave.

    1 year ago

  • katherinedooren

    katherine Lenz from 214EVER says:

    You can try the popular mug with peoples photos on it. And it will change color with the temperture. I think it will be great. :)

    1 year ago

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea says:

    As a long time barista and lover of cozy afternoons- this was a perfect read on a November day! Thanks for showcasing these beautiful mugs.

    1 year ago

  • JWadeGalleries

    Jason Wade from JWadeGalleries says:

    very artistic touches

    1 year ago

  • SharsArtPottery

    Sharlene Sieloff from SharsArtPottery says:

    This was a great post. I collect pottery and as a potter myself I get the true meaning of "handmade". The spirit of the potter/artist lives on in what he/she makes. This is what makes all mugs very special.

    1 year ago

  • chicethnic

    Turkish Carpets Pillows from chicethnic says:

    For me the perfect mug shoould be very fine so that i will enjoy my coffee

    1 year ago

  • weavinghands

    Julia Astreou-Christoforou from JuliaAstreou says:

    Beautiful mugs bring tea/coffee drinking experience to a whole new level :)

    1 year ago

  • dakinestuff

    wayne L.D. from NiceKineStuff says:

    Wow! I've never given "Mugs" much thought until now! I'm going to have experiment with this! I guess a mug can become very personal huh? I don't drink coffee but I do drink tea! I don't have a favorite mug! Very interesting! I'll just have to find one! Thanx for the heads up!!! LOL!

    1 year ago

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet says:

    Absolutely wonderful... I love coffee mugs especially BIG ones!!

    1 year ago

  • hotzbonnie

    Bonnie Hotz from PotterybyBonnieHotz says:

    Has to feel good in my hand...good balance, good weight, nice shaped handle that allows me pick the mug up, tilt it to my lips and not have to think about where to put my fingers or why my wrist is hurting! ...the rim: not too thick, not too thin. The form should fit the design and there should be a design! Right now I'm into carved designs and patterns! And finally the clay body ... I like mine toasty if it's stoneware and really smooth and white if it's porcelain. That's my 2 cents worth.

    1 year ago

  • nivesratkajec

    Nives R W from PotsbyNives says:

    Great collection of mugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • sweetmud

    Cara Long from SweetMudClayWorks says:

    As a ceramicist myself, I'm so happy to see this post! Those of us who make utilitarian work always love to hear how people are not only using our wares, but adoring them for years. I personally enjoy using and collecting mugs & cups that are a little on the smaller size but with nice voluminous forms, and masterfully glazed with subtle colors.

    1 year ago

  • lindyjean

    Linda from bitsokits says:

    my perfect work mug is a very ugly souvenir mug my boss brought me back from Disneyworld. while ugly, it has a perfectly ergonomic handle of the proper heft and balance, and a deep cup that holds A LOT of coffee. he's brought me several other mugs, but this one remains my favorite. at home, i have a couple of favorites---including, sorry to admit it, a white Starbucks cup that is shaped quite like my ugly work mug. I also have a big, thick brown one from Yosemite with a bear on it. it's cute and feels good in the hand.

    1 year ago

  • thetinbox

    Shoshona Snow from thetinbox says:

    I could make mugs all day... I have a huge collection of mugs from my friends and fellow potters.

    1 year ago

  • LisaCHEERMaD

    Lisa Welsh from CHEERMaD says:

    What a beautiful display of original and unique mugs! YES PLEASE!

    1 year ago

  • trixter51

    Вадим Куликов from SoulWarm says:

    Yes, this is the original !

    1 year ago

  • simonesolomon1

    Simone Solomon from SimoneCeramics says:

    Perfecting a ceramic mug is a life time challenge!!

    1 year ago

  • PoochPottery1

    PoochPottery from PoochPottery1 says:

    I can never get enough of a good mug!!! I think the artwork and glaze do it for me.

    1 year ago

  • TheRusticHome

    The Rustic Home from TheRusticHome says:

    Beautiful mugs! Creating pottery is good for the soul~~~~ So is using it~

    1 year ago

  • maryellensick

    MaryEllen Sick from SincerelyMaryEllen says:

    There's nothing better than a cup of coffee the size of my face in a charming mug!

    1 year ago

  • molflan234

    Moll Flan from MollyJohnsonCeramics says:

    The perfect mug is a relationship with the object. It can be favorited for its size, palm fit, design, character or time, place or memory whence it came. Only the individual knows why they take the time to wash their dirty perfect mug when the cupboard is full of clean others.

    1 year ago

  • susandavis56

    susandavis56 from DellaPuSheaCouture says:

    I love these! They're whimsical, unique, and totally something that belongs in my cupboard : )

    1 year ago

  • cskaggs1

    Christy Dobbs from WhimsicalEutopia says:

    Love, Love, Love pottery mugs! Always looking for my next great mug :) Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • danielnichevo

    ZARAZA from ACMEVintageLimited says:

    I've always believed there's a perfect cup for a coffee and a perfect cup for tea. These wares would do either justice.

    1 year ago

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland says:

    lovely collection~

    113 days ago