The Serendipity Mug holds approximately 12 ounces of your favorite beverage. It doesn't even have to be a hot beverage! Each mug is wheel thrown using a high fire white stoneware then bisque fired, glazed, and glaze fired. They're microwave and dishwasher safe.
My grandparents had a gigantic apricot tree in their back yard. This thing was so large that a porch swing hung from it's branches. No joke. My grandfather would pluck an apricot and split it with his thumb, toss the pit into the garden and hand me half to eat while he munched on the other half. I loved the fuzzy juciness of it and on long summer days went back to the garden to gather the pits to outline house plan ideas, make patterns, and make roads for my brother's cars. I was an inventive and yes, weird, kid.
That sense of invention has never really left me. I never grew out of it.
Flash forward. I was working in the studio making planters for Stump Plants and had placed the brand stamp in the wrong location. It was not a big deal and easy to remake the planters. The interesting thing was the dozen or so that were sitting there on the studio table. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them once I had trimmed the stamp off the surface creating a snazzy texture along the bottom. It seemed like these little pots would make good mugs but I am not fond of pulling handles. It's a struggle for most potters to find enjoyment in adding handles to mugs. They sat there for most of the day and I kept thinking about what I'd do to them when I was finished with other tasks.
While I was snacking on some apricots (see how it all ties together now?) I was distracted and noticed a bisque fired napkin ring had been knocked off the table and was lying broken on the floor.
The broken half of the napkin ring seemed like it might just make a neat handle. Low and behold, it's a fantastic fit! I added handles to the dozen mugs using this new technique and suddenly handles are fun and satisfying! As soon as the first test run was fired, I made another batch and am preparing to make yet another. I love making these mugs that fit so comfortably in your hand.
Creativity and serendipity weave in and around each other so often in life and especially in my studio. If I hadn't stopped to have that snack and reminisce, letting my mind wander...if that napkin ring hadn't fallen on the floor and broken...I don't know if I'd have come up with this particular design.
When serendipity presents itself, take notice and enjoy it! In the meantime, pour yourself a mug of whatever delights you, have a snack and lose yourself in some good thoughts.