Our unique black clay mug is inspired by the breathtaking Mitla ruins in Oaxaca, southern México. The architectural, hand-carved ridge acts as a type of handle, making the clay cups easy to hold in your hand (while also looking beautiful on the shelf). Excellent for hot or cold beverages, starting with morning coffee and ending with an evening mezcal cocktail.
Each ceramic mug is individually thrown on a potters wheel and burnished but not glazed, resulting in a smooth, almost waxy feel and a hefty weight. The color is achieved by using a naturally dark clay combined with an application of inky black pigment. In direct sunlight, the clay takes on a slight mocha hue with tiny gold specs.
These special mugs are crafted by a group of artisans in a remote town in the state of Puebla, located in central México. Once a seabed, the soil in this region is now rich with clay which spawned a culture of pottery production that has been honed over decades. The clay is sourced locally and worked until it is ready to be shaped into objects such as bowls, vases, plates and mugs. Each mug is finished with a clay slip and burnished prior to being fired.
Expect slight variations in size, shape, texture and color. Every piece is made by hand, and will feature the unique attributes to be expected from individually handcrafted items.
Capacity: 18 fl. oz. (2.25 cups)
Materials: Clay from Puebla, México (unglazed, lead-free)
Size: 3.5" D x 4.5" H
Care: Gently hand wash with non-abrasive soap and cloth. Air dry on a towel. Do not use in the dishwasher; the black pigments will begin to fade from the high temperatures and harsh environment of the dishwasher. Check out the Mitla Mug in Natural for a dishwasher-safe version.