The Mug by East Fork Pottery, made in Asheville, NC

The Mug

Mugs are one of those things that tend to pile up in your cupboard. You get one from a gift shop at a National Park, another at a holiday gift exchange, another at a craft fair. Like your stuffed animals when you were a kid, you take turns using each one cuz you kinda feel bad for them. Until this one came along. This is the mug that you'll want to use every single day. Trust us. Live with others? Get a few. They'll want to use it, too.

  • Dishwasher and microwave-safe
  • Holds 10 oz comfortably, with ample room for cream or about 12 oz way up to the top
  • 4.25"h x 3.1"w
  • Made lovingly, with regional clay in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Our Mugs are made by humans! Differences in glaze application and surface can be embraced

  • $36

    Glaze: Morel

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    "Literally the perfect Mug" - @hibeebrennan

    “I already have an East Fork Mug, but you guys make me want to collect them, drink more coffee, and move to a new apartment with larger kitchen cabinets.” - @amycao

    The Making of The Mug

    East Fork Pottery's The Mug being formed

    Step 1: The Making of The Mug Body

    First, we run our iron-rich regional clay through a pug machine to squeeze out air bubbles. It's then carefully measured into precise little lumps, and pressed into a plaster mold. This crucial step ensures each vessels overall consistency and strength. Once in the mold, The Mug body is formed on the vertical pull-down jigger and dried overnight. In the morning, when our baby mug is still wet, but not as easily dimpled or dinged, we pop it out.  Scrappy and un-finessed, these new mugs now need the soft touch of a skilled hand. Using trimming wires, hooks, and hand tools, we polish off the edges and crevices to get them looking smooth and refined. It’s this pre-step that really preps the Mugs for successful glaze application.

    Attaching The Mug Handle

    Step 2: The Handle Attachment

    This fresh, greenware body is now primed and ready for next steps, like attaching the perfect handle. At this stage, we fire up the ram press, which uses hydraulic pressure and a “die” to press out smooth and strong handles; three at a time. Once formed, we stick them in a box and let them reach a dryness equivalent to the body for seamless affixing. For a strong bond, we score the body and the handle where they will meet in an everlasting union. 

    The Mug by East Fork Pottery getting its glaze dip

    Step 3: The Glaze Dip

    The bottom of our mug is unglazed, a space just big enough for an index finger and thumb to grip. We hand dip each mug in its proper glaze bucket, and then wipe off the lip with a sponge for that signature, raw clay rim.