Nothing screams lack of imagination more than a generic coffee mug. There's no such thing at the ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery, which is part of ASU Art Museum but located in the heart of Mill Avenue's retail hub. Their coffee cups, including Danielle Wood creations bearing coral-shaped polyps painted with ethereal pastel colors, are actually small works of art. The center has an ever-changing selection of functional and decorative ceramic works perfect for gift-giving or feathering your own nest, from rough-hewn vessels carved with deep textures by Patricia Sannit to polished, perfectly symmetrical, nature-infused works by Farraday Newsome. You can shop while supporting local artists, who actually need to sell their works to pay for all those niceties like housing and food. And you won't have to pay a thing to hang around and explore the center's impressive collection or latest exhibition.