element cups

by Eric Hendrick and Noelle VanHendrick
Handmade
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Elementary, My Dear

Our world may be a complicated place, but these hand-thrown, ceramic mugs take you to a place of elegant simplicity. The four fundamental elements that were identified by ancient scholars― air, water, fire and earth―are exactly what Eric Hendrick and Noelle Van Hendrick utilize to create their handcrafted mugs. The husband and wife team shapes and decorates each one individually, allowing them to retain the unique details and variation that occur naturally in such a primal art form. The mugs are encircled by joyful, uncomplicated symbols of the four elements, and each one is finished with a "comfy nudge" for your thumb to rest in as you sip your favorite, primordial brew. Mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe. Handmade in Brookline, Vermont.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
23876
Made from
clay
Measurements
Approximately 3.5" H x 2.5" diameter; 8 oz. capacity
Notes
Microwave, oven and dishwasher safe
  • the maker
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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