MountainMudWorks

Functional ceramics artfully handcrafted in Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Announcement    Thanks for supporting us on Etsy, we appreciate this opportunity to share our craft with you! We are excited to be launching our very own website, stay tuned for details including new watering spike designs!

If you want to learn more about our art, join our tribe on Instagram @MountainMudworks

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Last updated on May 10, 2022

Thanks for supporting us on Etsy, we appreciate this opportunity to share our craft with you! We are excited to be launching our very own website, stay tuned for details including new watering spike designs!

If you want to learn more about our art, join our tribe on Instagram @MountainMudworks

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About MountainMudWorks

Sales 6,554
On Etsy since 2019

Our Story

In 2018, we set out to get some new, larger planters for our ever-growing houseplant collection. After a trip to the garden store, we found the selection to be uninspired. So, we did what we often do, and decided to find a way to create what we wanted ourselves. We called on the help of a seasoned craftsman and all-around excellent human; a man who we are fortunate to call uncle, enter: Lex.

Lex has been many things in his life: teacher, welder, engineer, member of the armed forces, ceramicist, and an inspiring mentor. He made available his dynamic ceramic studio, along with his knowledge and skills.
We began by learning the basics:
-Pouring: We learned to make slip (liquid clay). How to pour the mud into molds, wait the prefect amount of time then pouring out the excess. Wait for the casting to dry and release from the mold.
-Cleaning: Each piece of greenware (dry, leather hard, unfired clay) has a seam that needs to be removed and then details are etched back into the piece. During this learning process we inevitably broke many pieces of greenware, fortunately all this clay can be recycled and reused.
-Firing: We learned to load and fire the kiln to transform greenware into bisque (hard, fired clay), the clay morphs in color and durability. If improperly prepared, adding 1920° can lead to cracks, breaks and occasionally explosions in the kiln.
-Painting and glazing: We tested our painting skills with acrylics, under glaze and glaze. Glaze is fickle, the color is not reveled until after firing, firing changes it dramatically and there are several factors in the kiln (heat, air flow, gas from other glazes) that can change the outcome. Acrylics allow for a lot of depth and detail, but aren't nearly as durable. Most of our items are finished with under glaze, which is kind of like liquid chalk. We coat it with clear glaze and fire again.
-Fire again: Proper spacing is super important, glaze is glue when hot, and will stick to anything it touches.
Experiencing the WHOLE process gave us a real appreciation for the patience and skill involved in getting from a "want" to a finished product. Sometimes it seemed like a miracle for a piece to make it through the entire process successfully; there are just so many opportunities to fail.
Slowly, but surely we began to get the hang of it. Plant Tenders, aka Watering Spikes were a great medium for us to learn the creation process; small, functional and fun. Once all of our plants had a new friend we decided to gauge the interest of our hobby products online through Etsy. It was thrilling to see our functional art attract the interest of other plant lovers! Influenced by a creative and playful nature, we have learned to create our own molds to make distinctive watering spikes and planters. Over the course of a year, demand increased, and our hobby grew into a business.

As our skills and knowledge grow, so does the quality and consistency of our product. We are proud to create eco-friendly products, handcrafted in Colorado, USA. We started transitioning our garage into a pottery studio at the end of 2021. Our 1227 kiln arrived in March 2022! Our Mudroom should be fully functional April 2022!!

Thank you for checking out and supporting our little shop!! It’s a dream to be sharing our functional art with the world.

While our specialty has come to be plant accessories, we have many other outlets of our creativity and passion in the form of other offerings. Home décor, housewares, and holiday themed items are also available through our etsy store, and we hope to grow our product line along all of these categories as we become more capable and versatile in our abilities. With a gigantic selection of molds at our disposal, nearly 60,000 to choose from,
and an increased sculpting skill set; it is unlikely we will run out of avenues to pursue in the near future. If you have a request for a certain type or style of item, please don’t hesitate to ask, we will do our best to accommodate any of your custom ceramic needs!

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  • Sharie Dodge & Logan Meyer

    Owner

    Meet the masterminds behind Mountain Mudworks, Logan and Sharie. Alabama boy, Colorado girl; lots of adventures. If we aren't playing with mud, there's a mountain top that I'm dreaming of... if you need me you know where I'll be.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to drill a hole in the watering spike?

We get this question a lot. Unfinished ceramic is porous, so water is able to pass through it. No need to add a hole. When you receive your Watering Spike all you need to do is gently put it into your plant's soil and fill it with water. Our design is superior to the glass bulbs because it does not have to be removed from the soil to refill it, so you are less likely to damage roots and it is super easy to fill while you are watering. Watering Spikes do not replace the need to water your plants, it is an aid to help high-maintenance plants stay well hydrated between waterings.