Mug Revolution - Handmade Coffee Mugs
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Greetings Owen, I love, love, love my mugs! The mugs are unbelievably wonderful! I can't believe that you replicated the piece of music I sent you with every detail. Also, the colors of the mugs are so unique and beautiful. My partner in the event will be so surprised. I will give her a blue and a blue/green mug as a Christmas gift. (I will hoard the rest.) I can hardly wait for her to see them. You were so kind, at the last minute, to include my mugs in this recent firing. You spent a lot of time with me through emails in order to make certain that everything was right. You are a gentleman and a (pottery) scholar! Quite the craftsman - such unique, precise, desirable products. Thank you for everything.

[This message came in May, 2019 after a second order]

Dear Owen,

 My mugs arrived yesterday. These mugs are so great that I struggle to give some away, as I originally intended. Our annual piano event took place on April 28th, just a couple weeks ago. My co-sponsor and I brought our custom mugs for coffee, as we have a long day for the event. I haven’t given her the new mugs with the thumb-rest yet. I am/was saving them for her birthday in August, but I think that I can’t wait, so the next time I see her I will give her two of the new mugs. She  is also my piano teacher, and I noticed that at this last lesson that she had one of your mugs displayed on her cabinet in the studio.

 You and your mugs are so unique. This country needs more “Owens.” I used a 12 oz. mug for my coffee this morning. By the way, I am going to list just a few features that I have noticed about the mugs:

 First and foremost, the Owen Dearing mugs are exquisite.

  • I love the colors and design.
  • They are handmade.
  • (Happily) the mugs are NOT “made in China.” No offense to the Chinese, but they create mostly very inferior products compared to old American standards.
  • The feel – smoothness, shape, etc. of the mugs make them a joy to hold while enjoying coffee/tea.
  • The ‘purity’ of the materials used are reassuring.
  • The shape of the rim makes it easy to pour one cup of water in my single cup coffee maker.
  • Also, happily, they seem to be “Joan proof” – they do not chip with ordinary “Joan” use.

 Anyway, thank you for these wonderful mugs.

 All my best,


So beautiful, my girlfriend has immediately started using one for her morning coffee. Truly professional, excellent work! Here’s to many years of utilization, thanks again!


Hi Owen, I received the mugs I'd ordered, and they were just marvelous. I've been an artist most of my life (graphic, painting/drawing, photography) so I can appreciate artistry in almost any form. You're a terrific artist at what you do. But you also understand 'purpose' a mug is held, how it's used, the right weight for a mug, etc. These are the best mugs I've ever owned or used in my life. They're just the right weight---ie, they suggest 'earth' (as pottery always should)---but they're just the right lightness too: They feel just right, in the hand. The glazes and designs are all beautiful; so, the proportions, the lip atop (which is key, as it helps avoid liquid dripping down the side, in addition to being beautiful in its own right). And your handles are the best, hands down: I love that they're thick on top, and that you made that indentation for the thumb. (That's Nobel Prize material!) So take my praise...and I'll be ordering more in the coming weeks. (If you get a large Black and Tan Signature, I'll buy it too.) And I'll pass along the recommendation to others. And---everything non-toxic? Terrific work. Thanks, Mark
Hi Owen, I wanted to tell you that I just got my 2nd order from you, and the 3 mugs are even more beautiful than they are in the photographs---they're just stunning. It's so, so fine to know that there are still artisans in this world who, when you buy something from them, you know that it will be everything you dreamt it would be, without a hitch. Wonderful work, just wonderful. (And non-toxic. I've recommended you to a bunch of people.) Lord, you do beautiful work.
Owen is a truly incredible artisan and has created wonderful mugs for our friends and family for the past few years.  This year I had him create mugs for our kids and my wife for Christmas.  They were absolutely beautiful when I started to unpack them.  Then I noticed that through shipping one had been broken.  I was heartbroken at this point because it was for our son that lives 13 hours away from us.  So naturally I got on the phone and notified Owen of the mishap and he was very apologetic.  I told him not to worry that I knew it was not his fault.  He immediately let me know that he would be replacing it but that it would be February before he did another run of mugs. I was very pleased and can't speak highly enough about his handling of the situation.
Then low and behold I receive this package from Owen right before Christmas that contained just one of his regular mugs and a wonderful note that stated it was a replacement to at least open for Christmas!  Wow! is all I could say.  This man has a true love of his craft and a passion beyond.  He has earned my business and respect for years to come.