Ron Philbeck’s engaging and elegant handmade ceramic tumblers first grabbed my attention several years ago when I clicked over to his Ron Philbeck Pottery Etsy page on a routine Handmade Directory maintenance tour.  They are so what good handmade products are all about. Each one is individually created by hand, and is one-of-a-kind. But, however much they invite admiration, they are definitely made to be used. These hold about 14 ounces of whatever you put in them. And what you put in them is up to you: They’re a great size for iced tea or soft drinks, or a generous serving of milk, or beer, or way too much morning juice.  Truth be told, they would also make a wonderful small vase.  And they’re great for giving.  Fill one with candies or nuts, wrap it in cellophane tied at the top with curly ribbon, and it’s a perfect hostess gift.

I love the spontaneous way ron Philbeck applies the glaze. These tumblers are like little watertight canvases. Click images for details, or check out the whole collection of mugs and cups, or start at the Ron Philbeck Pottery home page and check out they whole shop from top to bottom. It’s full of surprises.