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comfy nudge mugs

by Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick
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A Hot Cup of Coziness

Forget cream and sugar. Add a touch of coziness to your morning coffee or tea with these delightful ceramic mugs, complete with a special spot for your thumb to hold, known as the "comfy nudge". Available in love (left side of the image) and new day (right side of the image). Handmade by Eric and Noelle Van Hendrick in Vermont. Due to the handcrafted nature of the item, size and style may vary slightly.

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4" H, 10 oz.
Microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick

Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick

As newlyweds, Eric and Noelle decided to pursue their artistic passion, and put all of their gift money toward buying red clay for their handmade creations. Unfortunately, the clay they received didn't perform like it was supposed to. "It was bad," says Noelle. "We couldn't attach spouts or handles, and glazes wouldn't stick! We were bummed." Fortunately, the two carried on and have continued to share their gift for joyful ceramics.

Looking for solutions to their red clay dilemma, the couple dreamed up new ways to approach their craft by watching Tim Burton movies. "[We were] watching The Nightmare Before Christmas and bang! Clay Jack O' Lanterns without glazes [or] attachments [were born]." The duo had so much success with their charming Halloween lanterns that they bought more red clay--with a plan, this time--and sprung a patch of clay pumpkins as the hallmark of their collection.

"That was over 10 years ago," she said. "Lesson learned: Sometimes you must be crafty to get things done." collection

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