We love these mugs! Because they are hand-thrown, no two are exactly alike in their construction or glazing. I am told this is like snowflakes. We chose this "Rancher" type of mug because of its versatile size and shape for all kinds of beverages and foods. They're thick-walled so your coffee or chowder stays hot longer, and the larger size means more chowder!
Needless to say, when we took delivery of these mugs, Liana and I smashed all our inferior under-performing mugs with large hammers and gave the shards and powder to charity. And the reason is clear. There's no reason to own another mug. This is IT. I mean, just LOOK at it in all its glory!