"Men like swords can be forged in fire , those who change with every burning become the most formidable of weapons"-Michael Kurcina.
Mugs are in Zeus White
14 Ounce + Mug. Functional, beautiful, hand-thrown stoneware. Each one is also individually created by hand so that no two are exactly alike. The unique clay body with materials mined in OH, IN and KY, is combined in St. Paul, MN and high-fired to 2165º F (cone 6) which means unparalleled durability.
We celebrate manliness with this mug. This is our design called Hemingway and it is a sister image to our Tyger illustration from William Blake. This illustration is a modern inspiration based on the author Ernest Hemingway and his books The Sun Also Rises and a Soldier's Home and Old Man and the Sea. It has six rifle barrels, three bullfighting swords (Estoc), a trout, cartridges, sun rays, and a white bull. Each symbol has very deep meaning.
It's not always about Spartans, Punishers and Vikings. Be a Gunfighter, Writer, Wildman, Monk; man of action, man of intellect, man of emotion, man of spirit.
The Hemingway symbolizes not just the veteran that returns home but any men who may feel disaffected like the character Krebs. Disillusioned men who feel that life is no longer simple, and instead it is complex, and they don't necessarily fit into the fabric of it. Krebs felt that after his experiences in the war that he cannot love anymore and that he cannot pray. However we ask that our men never give up! The three swords symbolize his struggle with faith and mirror the crosses spoken of on Golgotha.
From Ecclesiastes and "What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose." Hemingway thought the characters in The Sun Also Rises were battered but were not lost and told his editor it was not about being lost so much as it was about enduring and surviving.
The overall drawing and the mug symbolizes the huge, hungry spirit of the man himself. Despite a lot of of shortcomings Hemingway had an appetite for life and at one point a Joie de Vivre. He was only alive when he was doing things. He hunted, fished, boxed, and wrote. We celebrate his search for greater meaning. We ask that you search for greater meaning and NEVER GIVE UP!
"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." Ernest Hemingway
"Most men that I've met are tragically lonely but that is not the end of the matter. The trouble is that most men are able to take a heap load of pain and sadly that opens doors they probably should never go through. Just because his soul can take a lot of beatings doesn't mean his mind holds a lot of sense. The odd thing is his suffering is the one thing that keeps him connected to the world even as it seems he's drifting away from it. Does it matter that some of his injuries are self-inflicted? If he can't find balance in the midst of his daily emotional disarray he might be stuck in his paradox until the day he dies. Good God let's hope he can unfix some of his tragic beliefs."~Michael Kurcina