35th Anniversary Celebration: #10 in a Series of 35: Reflections on Pottery Cups & Happiness

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?”

Khalil Gibran

Yunomis         or         Japanese tea bowls

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cup (anb)


cup (crg)


cup (ansb)


cup (cb)

Read this  the other day, not in relation to ceramics or pottery, but to happiness,  which was the point of this little collection of words.

At least it seems like that to me.

Happiness is on everyone’s mind and we are always looking for ways to ‘be’ happy.  If you stop and check in with yourself, will you find that you are happy?  Or discontented cause you are lacking something?  Perhaps these cups?

No, really, ceramic cups will not bring you lasting happiness, nor will they give the world peace or cure anything.

In my experience (and I am biased) they do make drinking and eating better.  Maybe slowing down and savoring what we consume would give us a happy moment and that is good enough for me. How about you?

So this is what you can drink from these:

  • tea
  • coffee
  • milk
  • juice
  • vodka rocks
  • beer
  • wine
  • anything drinkable

The Japanese tea bowl, or yunomi, (examples and explanations) can get very hot with tea or coffee, but one of the sayings that goes along with these cups is that if it is too hot to hold, it is too hot to drink.  Think about that and life while you wait for the tea to cool.

What else are these ‘good’ for?

  • ice cream
  • rice pudding
  • soup
  • apple sauce
  • cereal
  • potpourri
  • candle holder
  • pencil holder

Your turn……are you feeling it?  Tell us what you think you would like to use these for and your name will be entered into our ‘CUP GIVEAWAY’.  You can even chose the glaze.


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