A cigarette. A Bowie knife. A dirty sweatshirt and a cozy red flannel jacket. A wicked smile, a glint in her eye, and an enthusiasm for all life has to bring - and in the wilds of Alaska in the late 1940s and early 1950s, life brought some pretty wild things. This woman faced driving the AlCan highway alone with her two toddler sons, cleaned and cooked the fish she caught herself, fed and nursed orphaned baby bears, and took in lonely soldiers at Christmas when they were on leave in a city far from their families. And as you can see by her face, she took no crap when she was doing all that, too! In spite of the fierceness of this photo, she was also patient, loving, creative, and above all, loved to have fun. Wouldn't you just love to have a cup of coffee with a woman like that? Now you can.
These mugs were glazed with non-toxic food-safe glazes, and are dishwasher safe. And while I have been known to put my own ceramics in the microwave, I don't officially recommend it -- the rapid change in temperature can cause the glaze to cool more quickly than the ceramic, which retains heat, and so shrinks at a slower rate. This can occasionally call what is called "crazing" (oddly enough this is both a defect, when the piece is functional, and a desired effect, when the piece is decorative, like a vase). Crazing is when the glaze cools faster than the ceramic piece, making small cracks in the glaze. This can happen immediately or even years later, and personally I've seen it happen on many of the commercial mugs I own that I put in the microwave often.
Approximate Height: 4.5 inches Approximate Width: 3.50 inches at lip of mug Approximate Weight: 10 ounces Will hold approximately: 13 ounces
HaldeCraft ceramics begin life as slip-cast, hand-built, or wheel-thrown pieces and then are painted and glazed and put out into the world, all by the hands of one person. I learned ceramics like an old-school apprentice, at the feet of my grandmother who had a studio in the 1950s and 1960s, and many of the pieces I make incorporate now-vintage molds that she bought then. My pieces are unique, hand painted, and proudly made in my own home studio with confidence, mindfulness, and joy.