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by Tammy Milani
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  • the story

Artwork You Can Use

Is this a drinking vessel or a brightly colored sculpture pretending to be a cup? Hand thrown and hand painted in subtle matte stripes on the outside and unusually vibrant colors on the inside, these mugs by Tammy Milani will energize your home's decor just as the coffee they hold energizes you each morning. The unique handles help you ergonomically cup the mug in the palms of your hands while the thick porcelain walls let you feel your drink's warmth without getting burned. Available in red, pistachio, violet, orange, yellow, and teal. Handmade in North Carolina. Sold individually.

Only the Pistachio Black and White Striped Mug is available at this time.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
15322
Made from
porcelain ECO silk paper
Measurements
4.5" W x 3.5" H 16 oz.
Notes
dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • the maker

Tammy Milani

Some of Tammy Milani's earliest memories took place around a dining room table. "I remember weekends in my father's restaurant with my family and extended family cooking, eating and just enjoying our time together," she says.

When she was 46, she decided she needed a creative outlet. And so she channeled her love of food and family into her own line of dishes. She first embraced clay and began making and hand painting cups, plates and bowls in a room attached to the garage of her family's home. Her business began to boom shortly thereafter, and she even got a nod from Oprah after the iconic talk show host visited Tammy's home town and was given a gift basket by the artist.

In her effort to expand, Tammy began working with Fair Trade artisans from Lurin, Peru. From her garage, she still creates the original pieces for each collection. This takes about a week, and every piece goes through a test drive at her home, which means dinner table, dishwasher and examination of her personal feelings of it. If the piece passes, it is sent to Peru for them to recreate. It was important to Tammy to achieve the texture and look of handmade objects.

"I believe that everyday rituals like a morning cup of coffee should be enjoyed from a wonderful piece of artwork, that touch and feel are just as important as how something looks, and the integrity of a piece lies in the truth of why and how it was made."

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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HANDMADE CUPS OF ART
 
3.9

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (31)
  • High quality (23)
  • Doesn't stain (8)
  • Easy to clean (8)
  • Dishwasher safe (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (26)
  • Formal events (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Stylish (21), Practical (17), Frequent entertainer (11), Budget shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5), Yes (5)

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4.0

Great addition to artsy mug collection!

By 

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • High Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

    Love the design of this mug, especially the unusual handle, though it takes some getting used to and lefty friends actually won't use it! I know it says in the description that the outside is a matte finish, but the photo did not really capture this aspect for me...just beware the outside is not polished, smooth or shiny. I bought the indigo, very deep rich color. (Most seem to think the mug is a blue...I am pretending it is a purple).

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    COOL CUPS

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Bargain Hunter, Frequent Entertainer, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

      Very cool mugs! Exactly what I wanted!
      Very unique handle and textures.
      The inside has a glossy glaze and out is flat.

      Uncommon Goods Rocks!
      Thanks!

      Service and delivery comments:

      They packaged everything sooooo well!
      Nothing was broken. Everything was safe for transit! I received my package on time.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A cup for those with sore necks

      By 

      from TX

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Dishwasher Safe
      • Doesn't Stain
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

        A right-handed cup for people with stiff necks, muscle stiffness that is. I purchased this mug with an eye toward the high surface area to volume of water making dispersing of powders more efficient, which it does. And, I found a side benefit; the handle design allows the cup to be drained without tilting ones head back. Good for those with sore neck muscles. The handle does make the cup for right handed use only.

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        • No

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Beautiful, but not nice to hold

        By 

        from London, UK

        About Me Collector of the unique, Frequent Entertainer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Soup dips guests

          Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

          These cups do look beautiful, and I read other reviews about the finish and thought people were just being picky. It is clay after all. But I have to say the finish is rather harsh. I can't hold this in my hands like I want to for coffee and tea as pulling my hands from around the cup to set it down feels a bit like dragging them across fine sandpaper.

          Despite this, these are gorgeous. If I were to rate it on looks alone it would get 5 stars. And I've still managed to find uses for it. In particular I used mine for putting out one of my dips at a dinner party (quite the conversation piece) and for eating soup as you don't really need to hold the cup in your hand for such things. Sadly, it's not right for the more common usage I had in mind for by big fat saturday morning cup of coffee.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Beatifully designed mugs.

          By 

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Dishwasher Safe
          • High Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

            The inside colors, while not bright, are tasteful and provide a morning pick-me-up even without the coffee. The outsides are rough with a pleasing feel in the hand.

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            a beautiful gift

            By 

            from Virginia

            About Me Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Dishwasher Safe
            • Doesn't Stain
            • High Quality

            Cons

            • pricey

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

            I got this mug as a gift for someone and she absolutely loved it! She loves uniquely designed mugs and this one was the perfect gift. It was a little expensive, but it was worth it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            coffee never tasted better

            By 

            from cp, md

            About Me Bargain Hunter, Frequent Entertainer, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • High Quality

            Cons

            • Breaks/Chips Easily

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

            i gave this away as a gift and my roommate really liked it. Fits her personality

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Great Product!

            By 

            from Mobile, Alabama

            About Me Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

              I bought this product to bring with me to work for soup lunches. Works great and I receive lots of compliments on its unique style.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A work of art!

              By 

              from fresno

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

                I purchased this mug as a gift and was very pleased by my choice. The mug was even better than I had imagined it would be - it is beautiful and very functional. My friend was very pleased with the gift and uses it for coffee, tea and cereal on a daily basis.

                Service and delivery comments:

                The first mug was broken when it arrived and I called customer service and had a new mug the next day! I was very pleased with the service I received.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Comfort in a Cup

                By 

                from Bergen County, NJ

                About Me Stylish

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • High Quality
                • Sturdy
                • Vibrant happy colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Company
                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about HANDMADE CUPS OF ART:

                  These happy-inducing handmade mugs will make you feel cozy and comfortable all by themselves. Hand-thrown and painted with vibrant colors, they are fabulous for oatmeal, hot cocoa, caffe latte, soup, ice cream... you name it! If you're in a foul mood, these mugs will cheer you up in no time. Sturdy and oversized, with a nice heft. The thumb grip is a little awkward, but I just don't use it. I cup the mug in the palm of my hand. Bottoms up!

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                  • No

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