Mugs are one of my favorite pots. I love using them; and, when I make them, I love contemplating all the intimate interactions that the user will have with them. Mugs invite comfort and mindfulness.
We sell a lot of mugs (in fact, they are our best selling pot). But here is something very curious that I noticed. While most people look through the mugs for specific colors until they find a mug to purchase, there are a few people who pick up a mug, hold it at chest level, close their eyes, and cradle it in their hands. These are the devoted coffee drinkers. They choose a mug by how it feels – in fact, most of them hardly notice the glazes. It is an honor when one of these coffee drinkers chooses one of my mugs because coffee is a vital part of their day and the mug from which they drink it is part of that ritual. It is very satisfying to know that I made something that will be used and enjoyed.
I am not a coffee drinker, but a hot tea drinker, and I agree that the weight, shape, and handle on the mug makes more of a difference than the glaze combo.