As functional as they are beautiful, artistic coffee mugs serve as both unique decorative home accents and utilitarian expressions of personal style. Reasonably priced and widely available, you're sure to find an artistic coffee mug to suit your personality, budget, and décor.
With luxurious glazes, vibrantly colored paints, sleek lines, and clever design elements, artistic coffee mugs are as pleasing to behold as they are to use, serving as a stunning decorative accent when displayed on a mug tree or rack. Brightly hued mugs add a splash of color to white or neutral kitchens, while robustly glazed mugs infuse warmth into contemporary stainless and granite schemes.
While most artistic coffee mugs are intended for everyday use, it's a good idea to ask about how the mug was tempered to make sure it will withstand very hot beverages. Be sure to check for care instructions before placing in the dishwasher, and verify that metallic paints or finishes are safe for microwave reheating.
If you have any concerns regarding the quality or safety of the glazes used on your artistic mug, test the piece for leachable lead before using. While lead paints and glazes have been banned in the U.S., there have been many documented cases reporting the presence of leachable lead in pottery and ceramics imported from Asian countries and Mexico. In addition to imported pieces (especially those with a raised, painted decoration above the glaze), it's always advised to check vintage or retro coffee mugs for the presence of lead before using.
If you're looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for the coffee, hot chocolate, or tea drinker in your life, an artistic coffee mug may be just what you have in mind. For an extra special gift, pair with a dunkable treat, bouquet of chocolate spoons, magazine, or bag of gourmet roasted beans. Enjoy sharing these functional masterpieces with everyone on your gift list!