This photograph contains three of my favorite things. There's the phrenology head, which is part of my brain project and is the best Valentine's day present I've ever gotten. There's the wind up kitchen timer, which is in the background behind the head, and is how I get myself through chores or tear myself away from absorbing and wonderful frivolous activities, and also how I remember that the rice is cooking downstairs.
And the third wonderful thing is my favorite coffee mug, which recently fell to its death on a patio stone in our backyard. Note the graceful curves, the plain black ceramic finish with a hint of festive yellow glaze peeking out from the inside. Note that it is the perfect shape and size -- a little bit larger than your average coffee cup, and curved inward to be both pleasant to hold and also to retain a little bit more heat.
Before I found this picture I was trying to describe the mug to a colleague and I drew this picture to try to explain what I need:
Do you know how hard it is to search online for a mug that is the right shape and size, to replace this beloved treasure? I don't even know how to describe the shape. I don't care what color it is, or whether it has a witty saying on it. I don't care if it is handmade by a local artist using only the purest organic clay or if it is mass produced by child laborers and stamped with the face of Dick Cheney, as long as it is ceramic, the right shape and size, and can be purchased for immediate delivery.
I've already looked at Target.com, www.mugheaven.com, crateandbarrel.com, and Pier 1, without any luck at all. I got the originals at some cheapo place like that. Edgecomb Potters makes the closest thing I've been able to find, and if I need to I guess I can shell out $38, but it seems kind of precious to me. Got any ideas?
(Ideas that involve me trying to consider using a different shape mug will be rejected as absurd. I mean *real* ideas.)