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The Artisan Mug: Handcrafted to Elevate Your Morning Ritual

In the quiet moments of the morning, before the hustle and bustle of the day sets in, there lies an opportunity to ground oneself in a ritual of serenity and intention. At the heart of this ritual is a cup of coffee, a beacon of warmth and awakening, inviting us to pause and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. But this is no ordinary coffee experience. This is a journey of connection, artistry, and sustainability - woven together through the hands of a skilled potter, Steven Solorio of Solorio Pottery.

The Potter Behind the Art: Steven Solorio

Hailing from Redding, California, Steven Solorio has been throwing functional pottery and creating ceramic artwork for over 18 years. Trained under a world-renowned Master Potter, Steven has mastered the art of wheel-thrown stoneware pottery. His work is both functional and durable, marked by natural colors and clean shapes. Every piece he creates is unique, bearing the touch of its creator with visible throw lines that reveal its handmade nature.

Steven's creations are not just limited to mugs. His work has been showcased in art galleries and juried shows throughout Northern California, the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Southern Oregon.

Where to Find Solorio Pottery

If you're in the Redding area, you can discover Steven's works every Saturday at the Redding Farmers Market located behind Redding City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On Sundays, find him at the Sundial Bridge from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you can't make it in person, Steven also sells his works on Etsy, where he's garnered numerous 5-star reviews.

A Canvas in Your Hands

Each morning, as you reach for your artisan mug, you’re not just grabbing a vessel for your coffee. You’re holding a canvas that encapsulates stories, craftsmanship, and the heartbeat of the local community. Handcrafted with love and dedication, the mug bears the signature of its creator, carrying within its curves the spirit of local artistry.

A Symphony of Flavors and Textures

Allow the rich hues and intricate textures of the mug to dance with the bold notes of your favorite brew. As you pour the coffee, witness the beautiful symphony that unfolds - the warmth meeting the cool surface, the steam rising, carrying with it an aroma that promises a moment of indulgence. The mug is not just a container, it's an integral part of the experience, enhancing the flavors and adding a touch of artistry to your morning ritual.

A Sustainable Choice

Embracing the artisan mug is also a nod to sustainable living. Crafted from eco-friendly materials, it represents a commitment to reduce waste and promote a healthier planet. When you choose a handcrafted mug, you are not only supporting local artists but also making a conscious choice for environmental well-being. Imagine how many disposable cups this earthen vessel will replace in its lifetime.

Your Morning Retreat

Pair your artisan mug with a carefully crafted recipe that embodies the spirit of mindful mornings. From a robust dark roast to a light, aromatic blend, let your coffee ritual become a sanctuary of peace and enjoyment. Experiment with different flavors, and find the combination that resonates with you.

Join the Journey of Craftsmanship

We invite you to become a part of this beautiful journey. Discover the range of artisan mugs available, each with a unique story to tell. Become a curator of your morning ritual, selecting a mug that speaks to you, fits snugly in your hands, and elevates your coffee experience to an art form.

Find your perfect artisan mug today, and let's craft a morning ritual that is both inspiring and grounding, together.

Artisan Morning Elixir Recipe: French Press Coffee with Chocolate Delight


  • 1/4 cup whole coffee beans

  • 4 cups water (for brewing)

  • 1/2 cup organic oat milk (or milk of choice)

  • 2 squares of Alter Eco Chocolate

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of brown sugar

  • A splash of cream (optional)

Prepare the Coffee:

  1. Grind 1/4 cup of whole coffee beans to your preferred coarseness.

  2. Bring water to almost boiling point.

French Press Magic:

  1. Pour the hot water into the French press over the freshly ground beans.

  2. Give it a gentle stir to ensure even saturation.

  3. Place the lid on the French press without pressing down the plunger.

Let It Brew:

  1. Let the coffee steep for about 4 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.

  2. After steeping, slowly press down the plunger to separate the coffee grounds.

  3. Pour about 1 1/2 cups of freshly brewed coffee into your favorite artisan stoneware mug.

  4. While your coffee is brewing, use the same pot or microwave to warm 1/2 cup of organic oat milk (or milk of choice).

  5. Add 2 squares of Alter Eco Chocolate to the warmed milk, letting it melt and infuse.

  6. To the chocolate-infused milk, add a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

  7. If you're feeling extra indulgent, add a splash of cream for a velvety touch.

Combine and Savor:

  1. Pour the chocolate-infused milk into your coffee, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

  2. Now give it a gentle stir to fully combine the coffee and chocolate goodness. Note: Adjust the quantities of milk, chocolate, sugar, and cream to suit your taste preferences. Feel free to explore different variations by experimenting with the ratios.

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