Giveaway: White Hill Pottery

As of Tuesday, March 3, this giveaway is CLOSED.


I see none of you were brave enough to say “Forget the story; gimme the giveaway.” Thanks for that. You’re sweet.


Hello there.

A week or two ago I asked you to share a cup of tea with me, and now I’d like to offer you—the cup!

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I {almost} don’t need any words at all for this giveaway; the product speaks for itself. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful handmade from clay.

White Hill Pottery is based in Virginia, run out of the basement of Darrell and Alison Hershberger. Alison does the pottery making herself; every piece is hand-thrown. Do not ask me how she manages this alongside being a pastor’s wife, a true friend, and a mother of three—she just does. She’s continually exploring new items or styles, and perfecting her existing ones.

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She and I are offering one of you readers a mug, your choice of the two. There’s a beautiful blue…

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and a rich earth brown.

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I love the textures and varied glazes Alison works into her products, and the perfect, perfect shapes. The one shown here happens to be a new shape for her. Isn’t it a beauty though? So petite in appearance, but able to hold a full 12 ounces of your favorite hot beverage. I measured.

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(Do you want this cup yet or should I keep talking?)

I was given one of Alison’s mugs last year, and I use it nearly every day. Her pottery is microwave and dishwasher safe, and like stoneware, holds the heat of your coffee. She also makes vases, pitchers, and bowls. On her White Hill Pottery website, you can take a look at the other products. {Click here.}

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Only one of you can win. But it’s Alison’s wish, and mine, that you keep her in mind when you need a new piece of pottery, or a pretty gift for a friend. She’d be happy to ship you one!

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To enter the drawing to win, please leave a comment stating WHY you think you should win, and who you think should definitely NOT win. Just kidding.

Please leave a comment with the simple recipe for a hot (or cold) drink you love. It doesn’t have to be precise, or fancy, or from scratch—Hot milk and a packet of Swiss Miss with a mound of whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel works for me. Then we can get ideas from one another, you see. As we speak, the outdoor temperature at my house is negative five degrees Fahrenheit and I need to think warm thoughts.

I’m not *requiring* you to share the giveaway with your friends, but please do: we are NonSnatchers, remember? So we think of others who might want cheese. And we tell more people about Alison’s work.

I am so happy to share this chance with you. Enjoy!

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Terms, Conditions, & Disclaimers:

  • The only item available for giveaway is a mug. Chocolates, hot drinks, great books, fraying burlap, and old crate not included. Or cheese either, just in case anyone was confused about that.
  • The beverages shown above were inserted into the mugs for photographical purposes only. This pottery is brand new and has never been drunk from. I promise.
  • It’s okay if someone else in the comment section shares the idea for the same drink as yours. You can’t be an original ALL the time…
  • Persons of any gender, age, race, criminal history, religious preference, and geographical location are permitted to enter this giveaway. The only requirement is a US MAILING ADDRESS. If you live off the continent and know of a friend who wouldn’t mind storing (using) your mug for a few months until your furlough (if you win)—please enter. I’d be honored. (Your friend would too.)
  • Giveaway closes in one week, at midnight on Monday, March 2, 2015. Winner will be chosen by of 12:00 am Tuesday, March 3, this giveaway is closed. Thanks for joining!
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9 years ago

I can think of any number of friends I would love to give this to.

How can I choose between favorite hot drinks? Hot mint tea, hot cocoa mix from Esther Shenk’s cookbook with some homemade cappuccino mix thrown in, or just regular coffee with cream and sugar… They’re all great at the right times.

Sharon Kelley
9 years ago

Foxtrot tea blend from Adagio teas would be my favorite or a cup of pour over coffee would be perfect. Handmade mugs are my favorite.

9 years ago

I love big mugs!

9 years ago

Iced Tea or iced coffee in the summer and pretty much any flavor of steaming coffee in the winter! I should win this because I really like mugs and the thought of adding one of these to my collections makes me feel happy!

9 years ago

Either made-from-scratch hot cocoa, or, more likely, coffee with steamed milk and a little maple syrup to sweeten it up!

Janice Nisly
9 years ago

Maple hot chocolate!! These mugs are beautiful!! Love them!

9 years ago

Surely the taste of a vanilla latte in that gorgeous, gorgeous mug must be richly enhanced! I love love pottery mugs and someday I tend to have one of my own! These are exceptinal!

9 years ago

Beautiful mugs! I recently made mocha floats. 3 cups boiling water, 1/4 cup cocoa,1/4 cup sugar, 2 tblsp. instant coffee. Stir till dissolved, chill, mix with vanilla or chocolate ice cream in blender. Add milk if it’s too thick. Top with whipped cream and chocolate. Yum 🙂

9 years ago

I am a huge fan of hot drinks as well as White Hill Pottery. It’s much easier for me to name my favorite potter than my favorite hot drink….

Coffee always goes down well. I also really enjoy making a quick Chai Latte by steeping a chai tea bag in milk and then adding some caramel, sugar and a little cinnamon and/or nutmeg.

9 years ago
Reply to  Shaunda

Shaunda, I’m insulted. You have never ever ever served me one of your quick Chai Lattes. How can this be? 😉

9 years ago

Hmm, my favorite drink from a mug. That would depend on the time of day:-) Mornings I go for French vanilla cappuccino, just heat up a mug of half water and half milk and add instant mix from Sam’s Club then I can get on with waking up and reading email and blogs! After supper and some afternoons I have a mug of coffee with sugar and French vanilla creamer.

9 years ago

Those are beautiful! I think white chocolate peppermint mocha is at the very top of my favorite list…. But I haven’t a clue how to make it!:)

Anna Nisley
9 years ago

I’m a huge fan of mocha anything so here’s a delightful recipe for mocha smoothies: 2 c brewed coffee chilled, 1/2 c fudge sauce, 4 ice cubes, 1 c coffee flavored ice cream. And there you are! enjoy!

9 years ago

My coffee routine involves a healthy splash of whipping cream and Monin syrup (chocolate mint is my favorite), heated and frothed with Kirkland coffee. It is meant to be lingered over.

Also, my blue pottery mug is broken. And it wasn’t even me, she says indignantly.

9 years ago
Reply to  Claudia

This made me grin. 🙂

9 years ago

It would be the mug of choice to contain the first cup of morning coffee. As my mom says, the first sip is the best! I’m easy to please, as long as we have half and half 🙂

9 years ago

This is the only blog giveaway I have entered. (White Hill Pottery, you know that I know who you are and yes, you may flatter yourself! Your products are taking the world by storm and I can see why) Actually, I wouldn’t drink often from this mug but would highlight it in our new home where I plan to display lots of original artwork by friends.
On the occasion that I do drink a hot beverage: Maxwell House International, vanilla caramel latte, straight from the tin and heated with water.


9 years ago

Here’s another plain coffee fan. 🙂 I love large mugs with fresh, hot coffee. Black, please.

Those mugs look amazing! I may have to buy my own if I don’t win. 🙂

Joanna Yoder
9 years ago

My favorite hot beverage needs no recipe: steaming black coffee brewed with freshly-ground beans. My diabetic tendencies have forced me to give up my former sweetened favorites. A beautiful new mug would help to take away the sting of the injustice of it all.:-D

9 years ago

Those mugs are beautiful. I have a favorite pottery mug of my own and know a friend who deserves one of those. I love to sit and sip a cup of coffee with a good bit of creamer or a cup of chai tea with a lot of whipped cream on top and sprinkled with cinnamon or nutmeg.

9 years ago

Oh, maple hot chocolate for sure! I love pottery! Thank you very much!

9 years ago

These mugs look like the perfect shape for wrapping your fingers around and I must have a mug with a lip on it. As for what goes in it…black coffee – I’m a purist!

9 years ago

I’ve just discovered flavored green teas: with mandarin, lemon, or honey and ginseng. Mmmmmm.

9 years ago

I want to say “Pick me! Pick me!” But that’s not appropriate after the string cheese story. The mugs are both beautiful.

Here’s a (large) recipe for a cappuccino mix that disappears at an alarming rate in our household : 4 c. creamer, 2 c. dry milk, 1 1/2 c. sugar, 1 1/2 c. 10x sugar, 3/4 c. instant coffee granules (I often put in a whole cup), 3 T. Nesquik choclate powder, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. nutmeg. Add heaping 1/3 cup of mix (more or less) to a mug of hot water or milk (varied opinions in the house as to which is better). I like what the spices do to this drink. I used to be a French Vanilla Cappuccino fan, but now those seem rather bland and boring. 🙂

9 years ago

Those are beautiful mugs!! What I “make” the most is fresh brewed coffee with a splash of creamer. I like variety, but my favorite flavor is hazelnut.

Rosanna King
9 years ago

These mugs are absolutely beautiful. If I win it will be very difficult to choose. My favorite hot drink is Dandy Blend with some cocoa powder, a smidgen of honey and enough coconut milk to cool it so I don’t burn my tongue.

9 years ago

A splash of heavy cream, a small pinch of pumpkin pie spice and another splash of maple syrup. Warm up in the microwave just a little and fill the cup up the rest of the way with coffee. This has been my go to drink this winter!

9 years ago

I have a mug collection….I love fresh ground 8 O’clock Colombian Coffee- and for hot cocoa-here is the bestest recipe yet!
And yesterday at Aldi’s a lady gave me her warmed up cart – no quarter needed- so I thought of you and when I returned it I left the quarter in the cart for the next person…..
Does that count as 2 chances to win the mug? 🙂

9 years ago
Reply to  Joanna S

Haha! Well, you know, it just might. 🙂

9 years ago

Oooooo……so pretty!! I love chai tea from scratch; one bag black tea, a few small chunks of fresh ginger, a cinnamon stick, and a few crushed cardamom pods. And some sugar of course:)

please please pick me!!

9 years ago

Beautiful mugs! I’d probably drink just plain black coffee before anything else, but since I like trying new recipes from other people I’ll share one too.
Put the following in a blender: 2 cups strong coffee, a heaping tablespoon coconut oil, a splash of vanilla, 2 tbsp. sugar or maple syrup, and 1 scoop protein powder. Blend slowly while adding milk or cream to desired flavor. Pour into mugs and sprinkle with cinnamon.

9 years ago

I’ll have fresh brewed coffee, black, piping hot, straight from the pot, thankyouverymuch! The pottery is lovely. I’m always on the look out for new mugs! 🙂

Brenda W
9 years ago

I LOVE these mugs!!! 🙂 and all the drink suggestions!!
This morning I had cream and Sweet Blend (THM) in my coffee. As well as some whey powder and frothed it in the blender.
A wonderful give away idea!

9 years ago

I LOVE the blue mug! I think about anything would taste good in it!!:-) I’m a big coffee fan…. fresh ground 8’o clock coffee with creme is my favorite…. but I’ve also come to appreciate coffee with ‘unsweetened almond milk’.

Oolong Tea sweetened with stevia….. is also a favorite.

I absolutely love pottery, and stoneware, but only have one piece.

9 years ago

My morning coffee ‘cuz I’m a coffee snob – I buy coffee beans from a local roaster (Master’s Touch Coffee), add a few drops of English Toffee Stevia and top with a glob of real whipped cream from my iSo dispenser (you know the kind they use at Starbucks).

9 years ago

Oh my, so beautiful…….

I am a Canadian tea snob though I do love coffee as well.

One of my go to favorites is a London Fog made at home. Earl Grey tea, vanilla flavor (syrup or even just vanilla extract with sugar), frothed milk. ahhhhh.

Add dried lavender if you want to be really authentic.

Andrea Nisly
9 years ago

I would love to add one of those beautiful mugs to my collection, especially since half of mine are packed away in storage right now. Strong coffee with real cream is my morning staple, but a chai latte is nice for a change.

9 years ago

A favorite, simple hot drink that we enjoy is a mug of hot milk, frothed in a French Press; add a tablespoon or two of French Vanilla or White Chocolate syrup and drink up the warm deliciousness!

We also enjoy Cappuccino mix from Aldi. It is super good!

These mugs are beautiful!!!

9 years ago

Once upon a time my sis introduced me to pumpkin spice lattes at a sweet little coffee shop and I just had to find out how to make my own. Combine 3 cups hot whole milk, 4 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice in blender. Blend until frothy. Pour into mugs 2/3 full and add dble strength brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if you wish. I certainly don’t make this all the time but for a yummy treat- mmhmm.
I’ve been following and admiring this artist’s work for a long while. Not to mention liking the artist herself quite well and I must say I’m a tad jealous that you’ve enjoyed her presence more recently than I have…would a mug made by her help me feel a little more connected to her again? 🙂

9 years ago

Beautiful mugs make the beverage taste all the more exquisite, if you asked! My favorite by far is one mimicked from a true Starbucks we once had. 2/3 cup of hot coffee, a bit of eggnog, a drop of peppermint oil, a spoonful of swiss miss, and fill the cup the rest of the way with half & half creamer.

9 years ago

Coffee with a pack of Hot Chocolate:) Those are beautiful Mugs!

9 years ago

Pottery mugs are my favorite, and I’m a fan of hot chocolate and hot cider, and steamers…not sure which is at the top. 🙂
Even more than the hot drinks, I love the relationships that are grown over them. 🙂

amy j.
9 years ago

Wow…these are some beautiful mugs!!! I would love to win for the fact that either I could give the mug to one of my friends who loves coffee, or I could put some enjoy some fresh-cut flowers in my mug…beings my recipe for a cold/hot drink would consist of grabbing an ice-cold Coca-Cola and glugging it down. 🙂

Jessica Thomas
9 years ago

So beautiful!! My favorite drink from a mug would definitely be coffee with enough French vanilla creamer to cover the bottom of the mug.

Beth Russo
9 years ago

A friend mentioned one day that she adds a package of hot chocolate to her coffee for kind of a cafe mocha. I tried it and it’s delish! These mugs are adorable, by the way – in both colors.

Gina Graber
9 years ago

Ohhh those mugs are beautiful!!
I am looooving French pressed coffee lately. So rich and yummy and fun. 🙂

Also another fun one used with leftover French pressed or any strong coffee. Fill mug or cup 1/4 full with strong coffee. Add two parts of maple spice coffee syrup and one part vanilla. Fill rest of mug or cup with cold milk. Wa-laaaa! You have a delicious iced coffee drink called “the Stoltzfus drink”. It’s genius. And my last name isn’t even stoltzfus.

9 years ago

I love coffee! And my favorite mug has a huge crack! It is holding for now but not for long.

Sheila G.
9 years ago

I would love to learn this trade some day. Does your friend need an apprentice? Fav drink? Wassail~2 qts apple cider, 2 cups pineapple juice, 4 cups OJ, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 24 whole cloves, 4 sticks cinnamon

9 years ago

Peppermint mochas! good strong black coffee, a scoop or so of hot chocolate mix, half a candy cane, and whipped topping with chocolate syrup on top. best way to get rid of leftover candy canes. 🙂 these mugs are gorgeous!

9 years ago

What beautiful mugs! I love the shape and colors!

My favorite coffee drink is described by a sign in my kitchen: “I like my cream and sugar with a touch of coffee!” 🙂 I’ve discovered Hills Bros Cappuccino mixes are delicious! I especially like their White Chocolate Caramel. Or any chocolate drink with peppermint and whipped cream!

Christine Horst
9 years ago

I am frequently wakened to a new morning by my sweet man setting a fragrant cup of coffee on the nightstand by my pillow. He’s a hardworking guy that takes time for his wife and 6 children. In my mind, he deserves a beautiful mug for his own morning cup of coffee.

To me, a hot drink can’t get much better than a freshly brewed cup of Folgers Columbian with creamer and a bit of sugar.

9 years ago

Why should I win? Because I have never won a blog giveaway before & it might restore my faith in such things…because the potter is a friend of mine and has roots in my corner of the world…because my morning cup of tea and my bedtime cup of tea and all the cups in-between would taste mighty marvelous in one of those mugs!!! The only issue I might have if I do win is choosing which mug I would like! Talk about a hard decision! 😉

9 years ago

I love Allison’s pottery! I get to see it every single day when I wash my husband’s mug. I got one of Allison’s mug for him last summer – and I think it was the very best gift that I ever bought for him. He uses it daily and still thanks me for it.

But I’ve been a little envious and have been thinking that I need one too! I would LOVE to win this – but if I don’t I will probably purchase one anyway.

And my favorite drink. I’ve never liked coffee but the recent months I’ve found a new love. Every morning I pour half a mug of coffee, half a mug of milk, and a hefty dose of chocolate syrup. Yum! In the summer I do it iced coffee and cold milk with chocolate.

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