Remember when people put stickers on their suitcases of where they went? Seeing all the coffee mugs in thrift stores from people who bought mugs from their travels and then had second thoughts about their purchase, inspired me to create this table.
I created a new handle with wood and metal hardware to look like a suitcase handle. This opens a drawer as seen below. The strap buckles were made using mug handles.
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This piece is currently on display in the Alpharetta Arts Center in Alpharetta, GA.
When I started thinking about album cover tables, the iconic Dark Side of the Moon came to mind. The prism is made from reflective metallic coffee mugs. In the right light, you can actually see rainbows emanating from the prism.
My original “Coffee” Table was such a hit that I was inspired to make more. This table resembles the first in that the sides are done with coffee companies, cafes and pictures of coffee mugs and beans.
I titled it “Light” as I added a “Sweet n Low” mug.
My original “Coffee” Table was such a hit that I was inspired to make another one. The Broadway theme was inspired by finding several Broadway musical mugs at a local Goodwill.
This “Coffee” Table will be my first black coffee table (“Broadway Joe Black” was too much)” Wheels have been added and a handle to the doors has been made to resemble the ear of a mug. Opens for storage.
These half-cylinder tables were provided by the owner for covering. I then designed the mosaic after photographing the living room where they would be placed. The colors approximated the room as well as other adjoining rooms. Over the sofa hung an abstract painting with an upward flow which I mimicked in the pieces that now sit on either end of the sofa.
In searching for pieces for the top of one of the tables, I was lucky to find a platter which worked well with the color and theme. The thrift saleswoman was mortified when I told her I planned to break it into pieces. The platter fit so well that I could use the rounded edge to rim the table. Extra space was filled with black plate pieces. This table also included carefully broken teal glass bowls.
The top for the other table was an experiment in dying grout. It worked as the grout ended up teal by adding pigment.
I was asked to create a table for placement outside a wine cellar. After studying the colors in the room and cellar, I came up with this design. The bottles are constructed of pieces of wine-themed plates and colors that I had accumulated. The blues echo the brick walls of the cellar that had a light blue painting in front.
The corners and the outside middle edges contain sliced wine corks that hold a glass top for protection against spilled wine.
This functional table was created using a cylindrical end table covered with various coffee mugs of coffee manufacturers and cafes.
The materials for the “coffee” on top included several plates and two candle holders.
The handle was cut from a chair armrest. A new coat of chocolate brown paint was also added.
The inspiration came mostly from seeing so many coffee mugs from various known coffee establishments. For those who remember Kramer’s Coffee table book from “Seinfeld”, I did not consciously use his idea as my inspiration.
Although this table was the first major piece that I began, it took over 1 year to complete. Searching for the right colors and placing them took considerable time. It is constructed from plates, bowls, mugs and other ceramic items. 61.5″ long by 22″ wide by 17″ tall.