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"Please!  I've broken my favorite mug and I need another!"
Let me make for you something you will treasure and touch every day.
"Please!  I've broken my favorite mug and I need another!"
Let me make for you something you will treasure and touch every day.
"Please! I've broken my favorite mug and I need another!" Let me make for you something you will treasure and touch every day.
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Your new favorite mug!

I enjoy making something that one can touch and hold - something that feels handmade, natural and meditative.  I love textures and colors that are layered, deep and rich.

Please help me expand Packer Pottery, purchase equipment and give me greater ability to do what I love, and share that with others.

"Why is this your favorite mug?" I am often asked.  Well, there are several reasons.

  • First, They are a little larger than average.  They hold just enough ice and soda (18-22 oz).. 
  • They feel good to hold. I take extra care when making these mugs so the handle feels good to hold and the lip of the cup has just the right smooth curve.
  • I like the shape. The curves feel great and the carving adds a texture that is my own signature creation that begs to be touched and held.
  • These mugs are super versatile!  They hold soda, coffee, root beer float, soup or anything you can think of!
  • Lastly, they are food safe (of course) and they go easily into the dishwasher and microwave.  Some say to hand wash, but I have thrown mine into the dishwasher for years without a problem.

You will quickly realize that these are not made by a machine.  They are made by another human, by someone who cares and has put creative thought, time and energy into something beautiful.

My hands centering the clay - Photo Credit Emily Crofts
My hands centering the clay - Photo Credit Emily Crofts

 

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Why "Rain Blue"?

The color was actually a wonderful accident, caused when I mixed up two glazes unintentionally. Thinking I had ruined everything, I opened the kiln and to my amazement - there was my new favorite glaze!

I have a niece who loves all I do and when she saw the blue color, she said, "Uncle Norris, it reminds me of rain."  I loved how this combination of colors inspired her to attach something as beautiful and sentimental as rain.  

"Misty Green" - This combination speaks of a walk in a forest meadow where if the light strikes foliage just right, you get flashes of pale green and maybe a little blue.

I will carve on the lower part of the mug but not the whole mug as pictured here.
I will carve on the lower part of the mug but not the whole mug as pictured here.

Sometimes I write a small text in the mug "bella vita," which means beautiful life in Italian. (Do you see it in the photo above?)

Delivery - I've purposely set the Project funding goal low so that it will be easily met and I can get busy making your mugs!  

Timeline

  • March - Conclude the funding
  • April - Gather the supplies, clay, glazes, etc.
  • April - Begin production
  • May - Production
  • June - Production
  • July - Start shipments
  • August - Final shipments

 Testimonials

"When I heard that he(Norris) made and sold pottery, I was so excited. I just love the whole process. The whole idea of pottery. Yes, one could easily go to Walmart and purchase a cereal bowl or a cup-- very cheaply and oh so easily without any bit of thought or real effort, but knowing that this item was actually created with thought, hours of work and sacrifice, sweat (and sometimes tears), and especially love-- all by another human soul whose livelihood and happiness depends on his efforts and his craft."  Emily Crofts - Abide With Me

"I have purchased more than a dozen mugs, bowls, vases, and pitchers from Norris. His craftsmanship and attention to detail are exquisite, and each piece is unique and beautiful. When he says that his mug will become your favorite, this is not hyperbole. I open my cupboards looking for my favorite bowls and mugs because they just have the right feel, weight, color, texture, and design that make them personal and valuable to me in a way that nothing commercially purchased ever could. I have been slowly phasing out my brand-name stuff and replacing it with Norris's handcrafted work over the past couple years, and never have had a moment's regret. These pieces are perfect for your own kitchen and make ideal gifts for friends." Heather Tolen

"We love our mugs!" Kim Marquiss

"You do wonderful work and even though it seems like a small thing, my mug brings me joy! "  Megan Burnside

Questions? I'll gladly respond to any concerns or questions.  Just drop me a note. 

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks. I know what it takes to make these mugs. Because this process is so dependent on me, there is some chance of delay. But, I'll keep you in the loop and updated should something unexpected occur.

Thank you so much for your interest and support!

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