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Mugshot Monday

Here's another very simple but pretty mug. I posted a similar one a few weeks ago, this is just a different shape. It's still Standards Brown Speck clay and Stan's White glaze fired to cone 6 in oxidation.

To me, it is just simplicity. I could hold this mug and enjoy a nice, warm cup of coffee while relaxing in the morning. Years ago I used to read a newspaper while having my morning coffee. Now I'm a little more tree friendly so I get my news from NPR and on-line but this cup brings me back to Sunday mornings with the New York Times.

Where can you find some simplicity in your life?



I love making these little soap or sponge holders. I also love coming up with new ideas for them.

These pandas are the latest idea to come into my head. I made them a few weeks ago and just now got them out of the kiln so I don't even remember what was the biggest inspiration in making these guys.

Panda Soap Holders

Of course, I do love panda bears. They are pretty and fun to watch. They are also endangered so Zoo Atlanta and several other zoos have started a program to help keep them alive. Several pandas have been successfully born in captivity and Zoo Atlanta has given the first twin pandas ever born in captivity to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. You can read more about that here:

Many years ago I did a little behind the scenes tour of the panda area of the zoo and was even able to feed the pandas a few cookies. As cute and cuddly as they look in pictures up close it's clear that they are large bears with large teeth and claws. Real pandas can hurt you, these soap holders, on the other hand, will simply hold your soap or sponge or whatever else you want to put in them.

(via Instagram


  1. your pandas are very cute... nice to have been able to meet the real ones though.

    1. Thanks Anna.
      Yes, that was very cool.

  2. Cuties!
    Pandas are not quite in the same category as Polar Bears who also look cute and cuddly, but are not vegetarians!
    Thanks for the link.

    1. Thanks S.
      You’re right, Pandas eat mostly bamboo.


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