Friday, May 31, 2013

mugs for May

I changed from the winter season mugs some time ago, when spring began to be believable. I haven't decided yet what to put up for summer, but I believe these silly hooks are going to be fun.

The way these pea-soup green walls set off many of my mugs almost resigns me to them.  The mug on the left is one I picked up in a thrift store fifteen to twenty years ago. I rarely use it now, because the one in the middle is one of several Bybee pottery mugs I own. Bybee is a very tiny town in eastern Kentucky where many generations of a family have been making pottery for a long time.

We went there once or twice when I was a child, and watched the potters at work, and bought seconds. Nowadays they're so fashionable that seconds are snapped up as they come out of the kiln, more or less, and they have a store (in what was the grocery until I was in school) in the town I grew up in (now  surrounded by Louisville, grrrr) where I bought several more pieces a few years after I moved back to Kentucky.

The mug on the right is especially appropriate for May, Kentucky Derby month.

It commemorates the 100th Kentucky Derby in 1977. Louisville Stoneware is also an old pottery.
(I really need a macro lens.)

I don't remember who gave it to my parents, but I remember my father trying it out for drinking coffee. He seldom drank coffee at home, because of my mother's coffee allergy. Since they were both great coffee lovers, he felt her pain. It sat in the back of the cabinet for years, and I took it home with me and also found it unsatisfactory for coffee. Something about the size and shape: the coffee gets cold too soon if you fill it up, and drinking the last drops is awkward. However, I have found it very useful for drinking gazpacho from; just the right size. I won't be doing that again until I acquire another blender: the one my aunt and uncle gave us in 1968 having finally died last year. But hanging it on the wall reminds me that I have it, and might use it. I use the Bybee mug at least three times a week year round.


  1. Aside from Christmas ware, I've never known anyone who changes their mugs with the seasons. I think you might just start a new trend. :)

  2. I love the idea of changing mugs with the seasons.... and I love the mugs you have chosen to hang on your wall! They would fit right in around here!

  3. I haven't been changing mugs with the seasons before, except for getting the winter ones out when cider season starts and putting them away some time in March, but I have to do something with the hooks, and I may be hooked (aimed at Hilary.) I've been quite satisfied with changing the ancestral hand-painted plates with the seasons, but although I hate the paint in this kitchen (so much too dark!) the color really sets off most of my dishes. I haven't quite decided what summer's mugs should be, but we'll find out in a few weeks.

  4. Love that mugs seem to have their own personality and uses!

    I'm pretty superficial, as I drink out of mugs that feature a corporate coffee conglomerate that I don't personally shop at--mainly because they are BIG. And I drink a LOT of coffee and tea!