Smoking Joe Mug

Like all Heath products, the Studio Mug is an attractive creation. Sleek and sturdy, it adds a touch of unstuffy elegance and character to whatever surface it happens to rest on. However, there is a design feature that begs the question, “Why is it there?” The handle, a slim loop, sits oddly low on the coffee mug. In spite of rumors explaining the feature as something to accommodate Edith Heath’s caffeine and her nicotine habit, it was simply a decision she and her mother Lyda Kahn made at the kitchen table. They thought it’d look nice.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.