Whimsical pottery & sculpture - animal and face mugs

Colstrip, Montana · 538 Sales


Whimsical pottery & sculpture - animal and face mugs

Colstrip, Montana 538 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Mud Pie Pottery is taking a brief sabbatical. We'll be back soon!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 30, 2018

Mud Pie Pottery is taking a brief sabbatical. We'll be back soon!

Kate Bertin

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Kate Bertin


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

ladylincoln11803 on Sep 20, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

My second purchase of these mugs! They are a favorite in the house.


JanAlderson on Aug 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Being well packed, this little pot arrived safely along with a surprise extra piece. A little pot with a very big personality. I'm pretty sure when no one is looking, there's tap dancing going on.

Robert B

Robert B on Apr 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

It's perfect! I use it all the time

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If you are a dreamer, come in!

I love art - art of ALL kinds. I have a craft room piled high with materials for different arts - tile/mosaic, beadwork, quilting, oil and acrylic paints... I have done it all.

But when I finally got a chance to work with clay, I knew I was into something big. Clay was the first art medium I ever used that just FELT right. I don't want to say there was no learning curve - I've been learning and being challenged every single day I hit the studio. But I felt a natural connection with this raw mud that I haven't felt before. I have been a painter, a mosaic artist, a jewelry maker - but I think I am a potter to stay.

For me, clay offers the perfect combination of unlimited creative potential and a need for patience and thoughtful response. I find I must LISTEN to the clay, whether on the wheel or under my fingers while sculpting. Failure to listen usually means failure of the piece.

The cool touch of clay beneath my fingers lifts my spirit and frees my inner child - and I hope that my pieces give a glimpse of that whimsical wonder to my customers. Mud Pie Pottery isn't for everyone, but it might be fore you! Let me leave you with an invitation by Shel Silverstein:

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar
A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer
If youre a pretender com sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in!
Come in!”

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  • Kate Bertin

    Owner, Creator

    When I was a little girl, I loved to play in the mud. Now that I am an "adult," I still love to play in the mud. There is something about clay that frees the spirit. It speaks to the child that still lives inside me. In my life, clay = play.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 30, 2014
At Mud Pie Pottery, we believe art is for everyone. We make artwork that is fun and functional, allowing people to use it every day instead of letting it gather dust on a shelf. A life without a creative spark is a life without fire - and whether you create or just love creations, we celebrate you!

Mud Pie Pottery owner Kate Bertin is a mother, teacher, pet lover and artist. She sees the whimsical in everyday life, and loves the idea of bringing a touch of whimsy into others' lives.

Kate's pottery is thrown on a Lockerbie kick wheel (she loves the feeling of throwing clay without using electricity.) The mugs are individually sculpted, and every one is unique. All glazes are lead-free and food-safe.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
Returns and exchanges
We love our work - and we want you to love it too. We want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase from Mud Pie Pottery. If there is a problem, or if you are dissatisfied with your order, please contact us immediately. We will do everything we can to remedy the issue.

Orders may be returned for a full refund if returned safely within one week of shipping.
We accept payment through PayPal and through Etsy Checkout. Money orders or personal checks may be accepted on request -- we understand that not everybody is comfortable with online charges - but are subject to approval depending on feedback rating. Payment that is not made within 7 days of purchase will result in cancellation of the sale.
Shipping is generally via USPS priority mail, although cheaper (and slower) ground shipping is possible upon request. International shipping is available - ask for rate quote.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcome! Do you have an idea for a piece of sculpted pottery or personalized clay work? Let Kate work with you.