What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

narrow-mouthed mugs

on August 6, 2014

This one’s breaking my heart because my heart loves these mugs and believes them to be beautiful. Also, they were a gift from someone who loves us, whom we love. But, see their quirky, striking, narrow mouths? They make them hard to drink from. Really hard, like wipe-your-chin, spill-on-your-shirt-every-time hard. Also, Nimue reliably informs me, their wide handles get hot in the microwave—burn-your-hand, spill-your-tea hot. So we hardly ever use them, and they’ve grown dusty in the cabinet.

Some things that have been the way they are for thousands of years—like mugs—are the way they are for good reasons. These might do better holding some kid’s collection of water-smoothed stones.

Originality is a good thing, until it's too much of a good thing.

Originality is a good thing, until it’s too much of a good thing.

shedding style: give away
destination: thrift store

Comments welcome … among your examples of the domestic arts, do you have any excesses of creativity that fail the “usefulness” test?


7 responses to “narrow-mouthed mugs

  1. I’m not sure I could bear to shed those – they are lovely… and surely not everything in life has to be useful… we need to make room for some beauty too!

    • revdarkwater says:

      I agree! I would never count myself among the totally utilitarian aestheticians (who are sort of a straw party anyway, I suspect, imaginary opponents for arguments). But if an object seems meant for daily use, I want it to do what it’s designed for at least adequately well. I’m dodging your point about these mugs, however. They are lovely, and it does grieve me a bit to let them go. I’m comforted that we’re keeping (and use almost daily) the like-patterned plates that came with them. So we get a serving of beauty at our table!

  2. I knew you could do it lol

  3. Mark says:

    I recently shed a couple of mugs that my sister made for me–one was and early throw, very heavy and pretty much never used. The other was a “left-handed” mug, with a dribble hole to punish any right-handed users. An amusing conversation piece, but again–never used. I hesitated quite a bit before adding them to the donation box, but off they went.

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