made in japan, most have a relief design or hand painted pattern and often are speckled. we have open shelving in the kitchen and like to see them hanging there all in a row. my absolute favorite is the yellow one with the birds. second is the orla kiley-like flowers. i like that they all sort of match without actually matching.
here's a japanese stoneware roundup if you're interested in starting your own retro collection, or just want one to put your sharpies in.
|green japanese stoneware set by pinkshirtsandcarwrecks|
|soupmug with birds at simplychi|
|retro mugs with tulips, fish and birds at luciemae08|
|groovy stoneware soup mugs by dotdotdotshop|
|starburst mug by kultur|
|mom and pop mug set by pinkshirtsandcarwrecks|
|leaves stoneware mug by kultur|
|block pattern mugs by skinnyandbernie|