The mug is the Volkswagen of the kitchen. Often cute instead of beautiful, they perform a service first and look good only occasionally. It's comfort design. We love mugs and keep buying them. In a perfect world,the AT Store would have a collection of mugs to die for, spanning the globe from cheap to expensive. This is our current fave... Made by hand entirely of off-white ceramic, Daniel Smith's mugs are light, large, thin walled and lovely. They come in two sizes and two shades of natural colors. Made by hand and signed in the UK, we have found them only at Ochre. Oh, and don't get sticker shock. They're not cheap and definitely a splurge (@ $45 each for the large pictured!).