Whimsical Mugs Offer Visions of Wonderland
At Divine Pine Studios, you’ll find Abby Dawson working in ceramics. She loves to make bowls and mugs that offer a unique visual aesthetic without losing their functionality.
Many of her designs are based on the repetitive patterns found in nature. Dawson says it’s one-part therapeutic, another part spiritual, and filled with lots of love.
Each piece gets adorned with a handful of red-capped mushroom spores. These elements serve as the item’s handle, including the bowls that Dawson creates by hand or on her wheel.
We also post about a similar project where mugs were transformed into weirdo people.
Dawson Says This Practice Helps Her to Connect with Others
Although the fully functional pieces are a little unorthodox, especially for a dishwasher, it’s still a fun way for Dawson to connect with others.
She says that it helps her feel like she’s got a mission to complete when people use her items.
Divine Pine Studios is found in Michigan, where Dawson says that her studio is surrounded by “old Irish Hills” and “massive spruce trees.” Each item she creates comes from intention, right next to the warmth of her wood stove.
Each piece Dawson creates is 100% unique. For her, it’s a way to express curiosity while working on her concentration.
“Each day is an opportunity to live slow and create thoughtfully,” she writes.
If you prefer something more traditional, you’ll find numerous vases, mugs, jugs, and more that offer the simple beauty of handcrafted love.
When flowers are more your style, you’ll find handles made with crafted blooms instead of fungi stalks to meet your needs.
Her Online Gallery Contains Her Current Inventory
Dawson’s items move quickly because of her unique talent. Bookmarking the Divine Pine Studios’ store will let you see what is available at any given moment.
Dawson makes wall hangings, votives, and jewelry in addition to her mushroom-inspired pieces and miscellaneous kitchenware.
Many of her mugs retail for an incredibly affordable $30. Platters can be between $50 to $100, while the wall hangings are typically in the $60 range.
“Rarely do we realize the intimacy of handmade goods,” says Dawson. Her work reminds us that we’re investing in more than ourselves with this art. We’re also supporting the artist and our communities.