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Bakersville, NC, 28705
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Coffee Break Vol.#16

Michael Kline

I love this MUG! I'm pretty sure I've shown this before in my coffee break series, but not in full color. Part of the reason I love this mug so much is its beautiful and hard to pinpoint color. Is it green, is it brown? It's certainly the color of Catawba pottery at its best. The texture of the runny glaze makes me think of Kim's stoke doors and how I got one stuck when I first helped him fire his kiln, and how I was glad I had two layers of pants on that night. You have dull red heat, you have your bright cherry if your a blacksmith, but you have the burning zipper temperature when you're burning a groundhog kiln. This mug has a nice pool of alkaline glaze in the bottom confirming the hot fire from which it was born. I like the comfort of the handle and the slight flare of the rim. I got this mug from Kim the first time I met him several years ago and I treasure it to this day.

Not A & W

Michael Kline

Mug by Sam Taylor

A frosty mug for ya! This is a special room-temperature micro-crystalline glaze. Just leave your pot outside (not underneath roof) on a cold night. Unfortunately this glaze is very unstable and melts when you either pick it up or when you fill with any liquid. If you find yourself asking "why would someone leave such a beautiful piece of pottery sitting around on a saw horse?" have no fear, it has a great sense of balance!

Mug Up

Michael Kline

When I was working alongside my buddies up there in Worthington, MA, we'd usually run up to the Corner's Grocery to pick up some cranberry almond muffins, or some cinnamon rolls, or some freshly fried donuts, my fave. The guys called this time of the a.m. "mug up", maybe a particular New England variant of what's known here in the former land of tobacco as a "smoke break". For this morning's mug-up, and in honor of my buddy Alex, who's crankin'em out over there in Pittsboro, here's a Mark Hewitt mug with some unusual scratching on the surface. I've been doing some scratching myself. [More on that later.]

And another shout out to Micah Cain, the 'sang' hunter. This particular mug up features a ginseng green tea.