The designs were inspired from my own experiences, and from the stories and customs that been shared with me over the years. The deep human dimension of these kiddush cups is reflected in the various traditions regarding how they are held. Some cradle the cup from the bottom, or by the sides, or close to the heart, signifying that “beautifying the mitzva” should be combined with modesty, and focus on the ceremony. For havdalah, the wine is higher than the silver edge of the cup, in keeping with the custom to pour more wine than is needed, as a symbol of blessing.