Handmade Coffee Mugs: 9 Warm & Cozy Cups

by thegiftler | Last Updated:  February 1, 2018

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When it comes to handmade coffee mugs, buy directly from the maker. There’s just no other way to get a unique hand thrown coffee mug at a decent price.

But with hundreds of talented makers on Etsy, how will you find just the right one? Well, we did the browsing and sorting and pricing for you. Here are our nine favorite sources for handmade coffee mugs. Every shop ships from the US and has a solid line up of original and limited edition mugs. Some even offer free shipping!

The List: 9 Best Shops for Handmade Coffee Mugs

1. Eldredge Ceramics ($25 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Paper Airplanes

Custom editions like this flying sake cup go fast. If you see something you like in Lisa’s shop, grab it before it’s gone.

Lisa Eldredge’s vibrant handmade coffee mugs, pour over cones, and other assorted goodies are heavily influenced by her extensive travels up and down the West  Coast. They’re both rustic and fancy, hefty and exquisite. Hold one in your hand and you can almost feel the weight of the Pacific Ocean as it crashes into the edge of the continent. Every piece is hand thrown, seasoned, and fired over a period of weeks.

Made by Lisa Eldredge in Ashland, OR

 

2. Aud Pottery ($35 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Aud Pottery

Nothing keeps liquids hot and your hands cool like stoneware.

Audrey’s nicely shaped stoneware coffee mugs are wheel thrown and then glazed with earthen hues for a matte and understated look. The generous handles allow your fingers to slide through easily to warm your hands on the smooth surface. Fired at over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Made by Audrey Riddle in Knoxville, TN

 

3. Droste Pottery ($28 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Dripping Rust

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this beast holds 28oz! Normal sizes available too.

Droste Pottery’s perfectly executed coffee mugs are literally dripping with color. Stare into one of these beauties first thing in the morning and you’ll see brown, red, blue, green, and just about everything in between. Amy mixes her own custom glazes and shapes each mug by hand., so you won’t find this exact look anywhere else.

Made by Amy Droste in Grand Blanc, MI

 

4. Turtle Rok Pottery  ($28 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Dragon Breath

Fire up your mornings with a steaming cup of dragon’s brew.

You don’t have to love Game of Thrones to enjoy Rachael Varga’s creative handmade coffee mugs. She’s a master at coaxing color out of thin air. Rich blues, greens, and browns swirl across her entire line of inventive pottery goods. Make your selections early because pretty much everything is wheel thrown and individually glazed in Rachael’s Florida studio.

Made by Rachael Varga in Bradenton, FL

 

5. Roseline Pottery ($25 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Beer Stein Too

Black coffee by morning. Golden lager by night.

Travis’ trademark pottery designs somehow manage to look burly and contemporary at the same time. The contrast of the matte black glaze and gritty earthenware offers visual appeal and a non-slip bottom. The oversize handle provides a solid grip, so hang on tight and this modern coffee mug should last a lifetime!

Made by Travis Sudweeks in Salt Lake City, UT

 

6. Hertz Pottery ($24 and up)

Handmade Pottery Mugs - Blue & White

This understated 10oz turquoise mug is just about right. Even the handle is two-toned!

There’s a subtle simplicity to Hertz Pottery’s upright handmade coffee mugs that exudes a calm and easy style. Perhaps it’s a product of Erik Hertz’s decades of teaching ceramics and repairing kilns at schools across Florida. Time and experience often have a way of reducing forms to their most refined elements. While you won’t usually find a huge selection of mugs in Erik’s Etsy shop, everything you see is one of a kind and ready to ship.

Made by Erik Hertz in Melbourne, FL

 

7. Jen Spring Ceramics ($30 and up)

Handmade Ceramic Coffee Mugs - Studded Espresso Cups

Bright colors and bumpy surfaces make your morning dose of espresso more playful.

While vases and planters dominate Jennifer Spring’s Etsy shop, the few coffee and tea vessels she dabbles in are truly unique. Mid-century modern influences abound with rich colors hiding behind stark white surfaces. For those of you that prefer to pull your coffee rather than pour it, these colorful studded cups are perfect for little shots of caffeine-laced goodness. There’s also a true mug edition with enough room for your Americano.

Made by Jennifer Spring in Seattle, WA

 

8. Finished By Fire ($42 and up)

Handmade Coffee Mugs - Carved

Ditch the hipster look for a spell and sip from this hand carved 10oz mug instead.

With a full line up of hand carved designs layered over perfectly balanced forms, Sheila’s line of pottery mugs is refreshingly timeless. Her original designs run the gamut from organic to mathematical; loose and flowing to rigid and repetitious. There’s even a mug inspired by a Black Panther t-shirt!

Made by Sheila in Madison, WI

 

9. Woodshop Pottery ($29 and up)

Handmade Pottery Mugs - Smooshed

Fully formed. Lightly smooshed.

Legend has it that Bill Kitt has been a woodworker his entire life, but only got into pottery in 2017. That’s our gain because his handmade pottery mugs are fresh and inventive, with personal touches like a crumpled base and subtle notches where the handle connects. Each mug is wheel thrown and shaped by hand, and there’s a color and a shape to suit just about every preference.

Made by Woodshop Pottery in Leesburg, VA

 

For more intriguing coffee-related gift ideas check out: 13 Ways to Spill the Beans & Reclaimed Wood Coffee Tables.

Did we fail to include your favorite pottery coffee mug or maker? Tell us about it in the comments and we might include it in a regular post update.