March 04 2010
Gillian de Bono
As my stock of English creamware mugs has dwindled over the years, so my search for worthy replacements has become more obsesssive – and frustrated. I like my mugs capacious but not heavy or thick-rimmed. I like them straight-sided so that drinks don’t cool too quickly, and with handles that sit neatly in my hand. And finally (and this is the real challenge) I want them with a monochrome decoration that is individual but without a hint of whimsy.
Well, I’ve finally found a range that surpasses even my stringent requirements. Urban Alphabet half-pint creamware mugs by Big Tomato Company have a single black lower-case letter on one side in a pleasing Gill typeface, and on the reverse a striking contemporary graphic (A has an Anglepoise lamp, D a Dalek, W a wine bottle and glass). I’m slowly building up a set of my favourites, but the initials and graphics also make them perfect as personalised gifts or for special occasions (G for example, has a picture of a graduate).
I bought my mugs in Selfridges (£14 each), but you can also get them direct (£11.95 each) from Big Tomato Company.