A little background on the company and the mug is in order.
The company's name is inspired by the Miller’s Tale from Geoffrey Chaucer and the fact that we are Danny Strimer (BMI) and Alan L. Miller (ASCAP).
The logo was inspired by a capital carved on a column in the naive area of the Basilique Sainte Madeleine in Vezelay, France (12th century) depicting the “Mystic Mill.” (Millstones and milling are mentioned a bit in the Bible.) Some interpretations claim the scene on the capital represents the transformation of promises and prophecies of the Old Testament (the grain) into the teachings and blessings of the New Testament (the flour) through the action of Jesus Christ (the mill).
On the other hand, centuries before the Basilique was built, the late 4th Century monk and esteemed theologian, St. John Cassian, brought the constant turnings of grindstones to the forefront, symbolically. He referred to it in similar writings concerning both the heart and mind, with, “But I can choose to feed the grinding millstone with either wheat [spiritual nourishment] or tares [temptation].” So too are "thoughts" the product of the sensory experiences of the individual. In other words, one chooses what they “grind.” Thus, the mill is the mental and spiritual equivalent of the cliche, “You are what you eat.”
We think we have found the perfect ceramic mug in this one from Homer Laughlin China. It was first made in 1871 in East Liverpool, Ohio, USA, by Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin, and since 1903, has been made at the factory in Newell, West Virginia, USA. It is from the Homer Laughlin restaurant line and is lead free.
The Miller’s Tale mug will be available for sale once more, soon.