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Well, here I finally am!

I opened my shop years ago and then immediately had to go on hiatus while I focused on bringing my twin girls safely into the world. Now I'm back and ready to be an Etsy seller!

I've spent a portion of my life as a videographer and have some marketing research background as well. Throughout everything, it's been my pottery studio keeping me sane. Me and my trusty shop cat Buster spend what little free time I have spinning clay around a wheel to see what comes out of it. The rest of my time is spent playing catch, cleaning up cheerios, and trying to keep two toddlers from figuring out that there's a candy drawer in mama's desk.

The story of my shop name -

When my husband I went on our first trip together, we had a playful argument about…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 2
  • Joined December 5, 2011

Favorite materials

Stoneware, porcelain

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About

Well, here I finally am!

I opened my shop years ago and then immediately had to go on hiatus while I focused on bringing my twin girls safely into the world. Now I'm back and ready to be an Etsy seller!

I've spent a portion of my life as a videographer and have some marketing research background as well. Throughout everything, it's been my pottery studio keeping me sane. Me and my trusty shop cat Buster spend what little free time I have spinning clay around a wheel to see what comes out of it. The rest of my time is spent playing catch, cleaning up cheerios, and trying to keep two toddlers from figuring out that there's a candy drawer in mama's desk.

The story of my shop name -

When my husband I went on our first trip together, we had a playful argument about whose art form came first, acting (storytelling) or pottery. We bantered back and forth, each going back further in time coming up with examples until we got back to the cave man days. He insisted that from the dawn of time, people were telling stories and trying to sell each other things (because really, what's an actor but a creative salesman?). I insisted that before a caveman could tell a story of a thing or try to sell a thing, they had to have a thing, and I'm sure that thing was a pot! So the first acting utterance was "Uga buga, bowl!" I won the argument and a shop name was created. Uga buga bowls (pronounced ooga booga), honoring the oldest art form in existence!

The story of my signature stamp (it's sad and triggerish)-

Every potter does something to sign their pots. For some, they simply write their name or a symbol in an ink designed to withstand the firing process, others create a stamp of some sort that is either integrated into the design or just stamped on the bottom of a piece. I've opted to create a stamp that I use on the bottom of every piece.

Before changing my name, my initials were MMR. If you write them all together, the middle M can share the lines of the first M and the R. So that became my signature, a very fast scrawl of MMR without living the pen from the paper.

In Dec of 2010, I was devastated by a late term pregnancy loss, eagerly anticipated twin girls. They never made it into the world but I wanted to create some sort of permanence to their existence and that they were important to me and my husband. I considered a tattoo, but then I realized that shards of pottery will exist long after my skin has turned to dust, and archaeologists might be looking at shards of my pottery one day trying to determine what our society was all about. I liked the idea of people thousands of years from now looking at something that indicates my girls existed, even if they don't know that's what they're looking at.

I set out to redesign my signature. I tried to come up with a design that would indicate two girls, but every symbol I looked up was designed to honor the lesbian community. While certainly deserving of honor, that wasn't the message I was looking to convey. I came up with the idea to turn the shared line of the M and R into the female symbol. Then I rounded the connected portion of the R into a perfect circle to indicate a second girl. That is what you're looking at when you see my signature stamp, who I am, and who will always be a part of me.

But there is a happy ending to this story. In June of 2012, I gave birth to a surviving set of healthy twin girls who are now attempting to pull my hands away from the keyboard so we can go throw a ball around.

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