My New Favorite Tea Mugs

Remember back in June when I want on an amazing trip to Svlabard?  Part of the fun of trips like this are the people you meet.



One day on the ship I noticed this little table set up in the ‘lobby’ area with china tea cups and business cards.  I am kind of a sucker for really great bone china, cups, plates, pitchers, little creamers, etc.  So I grabbed a business card with the intent of looking up the website when I got home.

The trip goes on and each evening, because this was a photography symposium, we all gathered in the presentation room to go over the next day’s itinerary, tips and trips and to go through a few images that the passengers submitted.  Being photographers, we do what photographers do, we chat, we compare techniques, talk gear (me not so much), and we share our own experiences with each other.  Through this process I had a few conversations about back button focusing in particular with Susan, a very lovely woman from Northamptonshire, England.

When I got home I pulled out the business card and once I got on the website I realized that Susan was Susan Rose of Susan Rose China!  I never knew that on the ship!  Patiently I waited as I knew from her own posts that she was working on an Arctic mug!  I’m so excited to have these – my new favorite mug to drink tea from.

So thank you, Susan for your amazing artwork!  I love seeing what and how you create the beautiful pieces you create and I do hope that someday (maybe next year!) I’ll be able to visit the factory in person!

If you want to follow Susan’s work you can find her here:


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Author: Lauri Novak Photography

I have been taking photos ever since I received my first Kodak X-15 Instamatic Camera at the age of 10. In grade school, my best friend's father was a photographer, we got to "play" with cameras and in the darkroom. With camera in hand I was fortunate growing up to have traveled around the US more than most at an early age. Traveling gave me an appreciation for the world around me. I started seeing in a different way, different perspective and appreciating what I saw. As I got older I had the opportunity to travel a little bit overseas which opened up my eyes to other cultures and even more ways of seeing the world. Capturing these views and perspectives on film at first and now digital and sharing them is my passion. I am finally pursuing this passion and as they say - if you love what you do and do what you love you'll never work a day in your life. I see the world in photographs and love that my photography helps others to see the world around them in a new and different way.

3 thoughts on “My New Favorite Tea Mugs”

    1. I will absolutely sit and chat with you about back button focus Cathy! And any number of other things in Vegas!! Yay!!! Thanks so much – I’ve had this in my head for awhile – finally just shut off work and took the camera out!!


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