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Teef Mug

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Ceramics Design Challenge Entry

These smiling porcelain pieces give "mug" a new meaning! The expressive mouths stand alone without other facial features, and they're sure to make you smile.

Artist Ginny Waters said that although she's always enjoyed carving teeth, she started experimenting with this design after coming across some plaster dental molds.

We thought these mugs might be great conversation starters!
MATERIALS
porcelain, plaster dental molds
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Ginny Waters
SUBMITTED BY
Julia Marden, Community Organizer
NOTES
Ceramics Design Challenge
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 02, 2011 11:46:46 AM

Sometimes having a big mouth isn't a bad thing. Ginny Waters' Teef Mugs got us talking, and we're spreading the word about this semi-finalists Uncommon Ceramics Design Challenge entry. Does this toothy grin have your vote?

Katie
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November 02, 2011 12:07:42 PM

Sorry, this kind of creeps me out.

kim
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November 02, 2011 01:10:40 PM

Hilarious! I want this for my coffee mug at work. Great price point.

Casey
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November 02, 2011 01:15:59 PM

LOVE IT! and reasonably priced!!

JAD5
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November 02, 2011 01:31:40 PM

Thumbs down---too creepy!

kelly
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November 02, 2011 01:55:31 PM

Fun.

Alex
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November 02, 2011 02:36:16 PM

This is scary looking.

Jessica
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November 02, 2011 04:08:42 PM

Creepy.

ke
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November 02, 2011 04:12:28 PM

I think this mug is insanely funny! And the glaze texture is so buttery. Good creation.

Erica
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November 02, 2011 05:08:21 PM

Love these...kind of creepy but cool... It would be cool to have a set with more expressions.

Susan
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November 02, 2011 05:14:50 PM

A wonderful mug for your morning coffee- great way to start the day with a smile.

CMT
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November 02, 2011 06:07:46 PM

just not my thing

Jessica
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November 02, 2011 06:40:00 PM

Cuuute!

Lena
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November 02, 2011 08:24:11 PM

As someone who is privileged enough to own my very own Ginny Waters creation, I can say with certainty that they are just as if not more awesome in person!

Kristina
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November 02, 2011 09:23:09 PM

Not sure I get this . . .

T
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November 03, 2011 01:57:26 AM

I immediately laughed. Would purchase for a gift.

Kathy
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November 03, 2011 03:39:06 AM

too creepy for me...sorry.

elisa
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November 03, 2011 11:59:38 AM

Too "cheeky"

Stephanie
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November 03, 2011 03:19:25 PM

Like the concept... a little creeped out by the actual product... especially those little feet on the white one

Susan W.

November 03, 2011 05:20:05 PM

Love your work Ginny!!!! You mug is beautifully made and makes me smile!!!! The glazing looks wonderful too.

Adrienne
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November 03, 2011 05:27:52 PM

Eeeeek!

Kerry
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November 03, 2011 05:36:15 PM

I don't get the concept. Why do they both have underbites?

Lauren
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November 03, 2011 05:49:10 PM

Creepy

Marie
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November 03, 2011 07:34:36 PM

I knew this was ginny's mug the moment I saw it. I recognized the teeth! Well done!!!

Nicole
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November 03, 2011 07:53:50 PM

Yes, this is unique, but there is a difference between being novel and a novelty. This does not belong at UncommonGoods.

Stacey
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November 03, 2011 09:36:22 PM

Sorry but I don't like this one. Maybe if it had an whole face instead of just teeth.

Molly
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November 03, 2011 11:20:26 PM

The teeth are creepy, and forty dollars for a mug is insane.

Kimberly
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November 03, 2011 11:39:30 PM

It's kinda freaking me out..

Pam
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November 04, 2011 12:01:21 AM

hilarious!!!

Amanda
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November 04, 2011 12:48:29 AM

So creepy!!

joel
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November 04, 2011 08:49:18 AM

creepy

Donna
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November 04, 2011 10:45:39 AM

Very creepy looking. Wouldn't want to drink out it at all!

linda
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November 04, 2011 11:25:53 AM

very cute, to much $$

Seneca
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November 04, 2011 12:54:56 PM

A bit creepy for my taste.

Catherine
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November 04, 2011 01:20:20 PM

Hilarious, not to mention creepy. Were the price more reasonable it'd be a Chanukah gift for my dentist .. or Christmas gift for a niece who loves to be weirded out!

Donna
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November 04, 2011 05:15:24 PM

I think it is funny and sort of hilarious. But the price is a bit steep for a funny mug. Drop it a touch and I'd totally buy this for my desk at work.

Ginny

November 04, 2011 05:44:28 PM

Teef maker here. Just a few words to explain my little guy. He's meant to be both endearing and slightly ghoulish - a toothsome grin with a dark side. It won't appeal to everyone - you either love it or, uh, kind of think it's pretty awful. As for the price, you'll seldom find an individually hand-thrown (as opposed to slip-cast) piece for less, even if sold directly by the potter. Keep in mind that our mutual friends at Uncommon Goods are middlemen who deserve a piece of the pie. Believe me, at this price I barely break even. I don't know any rich potters. Do you?

mo
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November 04, 2011 05:50:50 PM

I'm sorry, but those are scary...maybe a halloween-themed item if you had a skull design on it or something?

Ginny

November 04, 2011 06:04:05 PM

Oh, I make skullies too - same combination of goofy and scary. But we're only given one idea at a time....

Brittany
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November 04, 2011 09:03:10 PM

These mugs are so funny...would buy for myself and as gifts! Hope you win!

Andrea
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November 05, 2011 09:12:37 AM

I like the creepiness, but too expensive.

Melanie
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November 05, 2011 11:56:25 PM

This mug is creepy. I guess some people might be into it, like I could see my dentist having one, but other than teeth-enthusiasts.

Nicole
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November 06, 2011 09:33:39 AM

Creepy

Joanna
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November 06, 2011 01:24:29 PM

These make me feel uncomfortable. I feel like they are a really expensive joke present.

brian
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November 06, 2011 09:43:42 PM

I think the creepy votes should all be thumbs up. If you took the time to look, and comment, it obviously bit you!

Meagan

November 07, 2011 01:02:44 AM

creepy....

courtney
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November 07, 2011 05:28:27 PM

very funny!

amy
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November 07, 2011 06:32:45 PM

Seems kinda creepy

RileyDawn
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November 07, 2011 06:49:46 PM

Good for Halloween (creepy!)

Erica
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November 07, 2011 06:50:52 PM

I find this creepy, but appealing. Wish it was in the $30 price range though!

Laurie
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November 07, 2011 10:09:33 PM

I work in dental field, would love to have this and buy a couple more for coworkers' gifts

Vicki
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November 07, 2011 10:31:26 PM

Like it very much

Laura
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November 07, 2011 11:50:17 PM

I guess it would be a funny gift for a dentist. For me personally, I've spent too much on my own teeth (root canals, tooth implant), and just found out my son needs braces. So no reminders of teeth, please!!

Anita
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November 08, 2011 12:19:52 AM

The paint on the teeth looks to be poorly done and of low quality.

Mary

November 08, 2011 07:34:42 AM

I could see drinking my java out of one of these, but I can't see spending $40 to do so.

Bonnie
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November 08, 2011 09:03:19 AM

creepy!

Monica
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November 08, 2011 09:41:08 AM

Would give this to my Dentist and family members with dentures. Ha- Ha so cute

Christy
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November 08, 2011 11:32:56 AM

Creepy, but kinda cool!

Julie
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November 08, 2011 12:12:01 PM

This is just creepy. I would never serve anything to anyone in this.

Deborah
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November 08, 2011 01:01:11 PM

Great gift for a dentist

janet
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November 08, 2011 04:33:29 PM

unusual, and pricy, but what an attention-getter. I'd get it for my Dentist.

Elisa
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November 08, 2011 04:40:08 PM

Sort of Creepy ...

Liz
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November 08, 2011 05:22:48 PM

Freaky!

Anne

November 08, 2011 06:33:18 PM

I love this! My boyfriend is a Dentist and would just love to have this on his desk!

Stephanie
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November 08, 2011 08:34:44 PM

Quite witty. Statement/inside humor/dentist gift.

alena
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November 09, 2011 03:14:43 AM

these are just plain creepy.

big
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November 09, 2011 07:06:12 AM

These are outrageous. Love them. They make me laugh. I want to grimmace. Love 'em or hate 'em they certainly evoke strong reaction. To those people who say eeew, I say, go buy a massed produced cup with a big yellow smiley face that says "Have a Nice Day!"

angie
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November 09, 2011 12:35:48 PM

this is TOO cute!!!! love the one with the feet!

Yanina
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November 09, 2011 04:29:54 PM

Wayyy too weird

Chelsea Saulpaugh
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November 09, 2011 05:28:08 PM

Love it!

summer
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November 09, 2011 06:18:46 PM

okay that just gross and creepy! no thanks..

Liane
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November 09, 2011 07:28:43 PM

Very funny, I like it!!

Melissa

November 11, 2011 06:28:09 PM

Creepy and awesome!

Casey
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March 01, 2012 01:04:59 PM

I wish this had been approved! it is quirky and different!

thanks for commenting

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