TOP SHELF MISFIT: this is a beautiful piece that fit the TOP SHELF criteria, except for 2 tiny pits.
SPECS: 3 inches wide at the rim, 6 3/4 inches tall and holds 20 oz.
This elegantly earthy mug is adorned with rich hues of rich, deep purples and blues, earthy greens and golden brown drips cascading down from the rim over a mottled green base. The inside is glazed with a dark brown. You may, over time, see a subtle crackle effect forming in the amber band on the outside of your New Earth piece. Different pottery traditions put different values on this effect but the Eastern pottery tradition sees it as a sought after feature and not something to avoid. Collectors of Eastern pottery, specifically Eastern teaware, actually seek this feature out...that the piece is not mature until crackling is present. Like with Eastern teaware, this superficial crackle effect is likely to evolve as your mug matures.
The notch at the rim is meant to tuck the teabag string into so it doesn't fall into the scalding water. The handle has a comfortable four finger grip and its sloped sides makes this mug so comfortable to hold as you savor a steamy brew.
~This piece was photographed in a photo booth with full spectrum lighting and may look different in different lighting conditions.
~Made on the wheel with Laguna B-Mix clay and food safe glazes.
~Although, technically, my pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe, we do not recommend it since they are works of art that should be treated with care. The dishwasher may, over time, dull the sheen of the glaze. As with any handmade pottery, avoid leaving it in a sink of water, which will seep into any exposed clay. If a piece that has water in it is microwaved, it may crack. Although it is a rare occurrence, ceramics can fracture from thermal shock. To avoid this possibility, fill your cup or mug with hot tap water as you are heating your tea water to warm the mug before adding boiling water. If handled properly, these pieces are intended to last many lifetimes, like treasured family heirlooms. We recommend hand washing your pieces and avoiding the microwave.
If your package is being shipped internationally, you may have additional customs fees, duties or value added taxes added to your shipping cost and may require a package to be picked up at a nearby post office. Be sure to keep a close eye on your order tracking. It might be helpful to find an online ‘import taxes calculator’ for your country’s customs agency to get an idea of any possible added costs. Use the HS code 691200. Some countries charge up to 20% tax of a packages value. If the fees are too costly and you wish to cancel your order, please let me know within 36 hours.
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