SpademanPottery

ANIMUGS

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Through sales of ANIMUGS since November 2018, our customers have raised more than $4500 to donate to organizations that are working to save various animal and human habitats, primarily funding work to raise awareness of and mitigate effects of climate change. THANK YOU!
"CLIMATE CREATURES"
~In the "Climate Creatures" section, we have listed the mugs whose purchase will benefit climate activism work. This is also noted in the individual listings.
$5 from many endangered animals will be donated to various organizations working for their conservation.
Currently, ANIMUGS donations contribute to these organizations:
Sustaining All Life
Rainforest Action Network, ran.org
savetheseaotters.org
Save the Elephants, savetheelephants.org

Animugs Surprise Mugs are made by hand in our Cambridge, Massachusetts studio.
These Surprise Animugs are deceptively plain on the outside, but feature an unexpected creature on the inside. Mugs are in stock, unless they are listed as "Made to Order".
Your order will come via the US Postal Service. Domestic shipments take 2-5 days from mailing date. Canadian Shipments take approximately 5 -12 days in transit. Overseas Shipments have been known to take from 6 to 14 business days from the mailing date.

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Last updated on Nov 30, 2022

Thank you for visiting our shop!

Through sales of ANIMUGS since November 2018, our customers have raised more than $4500 to donate to organizations that are working to save various animal and human habitats, primarily funding work to raise awareness of and mitigate effects of climate change. THANK YOU!
"CLIMATE CREATURES"
~In the "Climate Creatures" section, we have listed the mugs whose purchase will benefit climate activism work. This is also noted in the individual listings.
$5 from many endangered animals will be donated to various organizations working for their conservation.
Currently, ANIMUGS donations contribute to these organizations:
Sustaining All Life
Rainforest Action Network, ran.org
savetheseaotters.org
Save the Elephants, savetheelephants.org

Animugs Surprise Mugs are made by hand in our Cambridge, Massachusetts studio.
These Surprise Animugs are deceptively plain on the outside, but feature an unexpected creature on the inside. Mugs are in stock, unless they are listed as "Made to Order".
Your order will come via the US Postal Service. Domestic shipments take 2-5 days from mailing date. Canadian Shipments take approximately 5 -12 days in transit. Overseas Shipments have been known to take from 6 to 14 business days from the mailing date.

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About SpademanPottery

Sales 15,262
On Etsy since 2011

SAVING THESE BEAUTIES

Making Animugs is so fun because I think about real animals while I work. I picture stroking the springy brown and black bushiness of a real raccoon tail, while painting black rings on a tiny ceramic one. Black padded paws under creamy fur with snow glinting between the toenails come to mind while applying feet to my polar bear miniatures. How crusty and rubbery whale skin must be, I muse, as each paint drop barnacle gets applied to the nose of the humpback.
I also love sharing the enthusiasm of collectors who are passionate about various animals: pandas, otters, horses, beavers, elephants, loons, and I assume that they love many of the same qualities that I do.
My feelings about Animugs have changed recently, though. I can no longer brush aside awareness of the difficulties that all of these species face due to effects of climate change, and habitat loss. I am not comfortable making tiny polar bears, and other charismatic animals, without also doing work to make the world livable for them all.
For this reason all of our Animugs are now, also, fundraisers for a few organizations that work against climate change. I hope our mugs are incentives to do what it takes to make the world livable for these animals and people in the long run, during the critical time period that is now!


SOME SPADEMAN POTTERY HISTORY.....
Hidden behind our apartment building in Cambridge is this cement garage. I moved here right out of college (many years ago). Wanting to continue the fun I had in the pottery shop at University of Massachusetts, I bartered wheel thrown pottery for electrical, plumbing and carpentry help from my friends, and transformed the garage into a primitive studio. Water came from the hose, heat from a small stinky coal stove. My nearly finished environmental science degree fell by the wayside, as I sold one of a kind pots at craft shows, and taught occasional pottery classes to friends.
Eventually, I started to go to wholesale gift shows, and my customers were all gift shops and catalog companies. Needing to make multiples of the same object, i turned to ceramic molds, which allowed me to make elaborate shapes at an affordable price. I enjoyed the magic interaction of plaster and liquid clay.
After many years of adding ever more figurines to our Surprise Animugs line, in November of 2004 our mugs were featured in Oprah Magazine. My crew of 4, plus mom and dad, family and friends weren't enough to fulfill the onslaught of orders. With that success I decided to offer our mugs on Etsy, in addition to wholesaling to stores. Since it is so much more fun to have contact with people who are using what we make, in 2013 we chose to sell exclusively through our own on line shop.

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