The Coastguard Coffee Mug

If you pay lots of attention, stand on the tallest thing around, and happen to have a very good spyglass, you might change history.


The Story

By now, everyone knows the story of Mr. Revere and his nice horsey and all the stuff he yelled to save his country.

However, what is often forgotten is how he knew those British were coming in the first place. Well, at first he didn’t. He was a brewer after all, and like most brewers in the late evenings, after the taverns were closed, he was busy keeping an eye on the roasting malt so that he didn’t accidentally burn down his entire town. Indeed, his first commendation should be for practicing proper fire safety rules.

Mr. Revere knew that his trusted partner, Darnit III, (patriot, raconteur) was on lookout duty. Darnit was using his grandfather’s magnificent spyglass to keep an eye on the coast. His grandfather, Captain Blackspine, (yes, that one) had been a noble pirate and Prime Minister and gave his grandson this marvel of advanced looking technology with the express purpose of someday getting “back at the British”. And Darnit did not disappoint.

Well before the armada even left Liverpool, Darnit watched his friends, the Narwhals, signal the predetermined code that meant the British were, indeed, on their way. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Nitty Gritty

The word “mug” can be traced to early 16th century (originally Scots and northern English, denoting an earthenware bowl).  It likely comes from the early hedgehog term “muggetub” which loosely translates to “plunge bath” or “hot tubbe” in Olde English.  An extraordinarily tidy animal, hedgehogs of Scotland enjoyed combining their daily ablutions with daily whiskey, frequently resulting in what is today referred to as the Hot Toddy.

Our darn mugs are handmade and are approximately 3 inches wide by 4.5 to 5 inches tall. They generally hold about 16 ounces.

The Goods

All Darn Pottery is either hand built or individually hand thrown on the potters wheel, by little hedgehogs, with locally sourced clay. Our pieces are finished with lead-free, non toxic glazes made right here in our studio in the beautiful Blue Ridge. Our tableware is bright and durable, fired three separate times to temperatures exceeding 2000 degrees. It also feels really good in your hands, with sturdy handles on mugs, terrific balance in plates, good stackability in bowls, and sturdy edges all around. This is not your grandma’s fine china. This is your own darn china.

Every piece is individually made and painted and may therefore look a little different. The minor variations in height, width, and illustration are entirely the hedgehogs’ fault. A lot depends on how much they’ve eaten that morning and the proximity of the next meal. All of the colors look great together and make your table look really happy.

You should also know that our pottery is made without any lead, cadmium, asbestos, anchovies, pink slime or any other yucky stuff. It’s perfectly food safe. Also, our farm has solar power. And bears.

Darn Pottery does not mind being dishwashed because it is decorated with glaze that has been fired into the piece itself. It’s not sublimation and it’s not coming off. Just stack gently and don’t let the critters have a party in there. We do not recommend microwaving as the pieces may get pretty hot. Darn Pottery is not for cooktop or oven use. Do not use to freeze food or drinks. Use a Mason jar instead. Basically, avoid extreme temperature changes. The same goes for the pots.

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