MountainMudWorks

Functional ceramics crafted in Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado On Etsy since 2019

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MountainMudWorks

Functional ceramics crafted in Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado | 1,401 Sales

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Welcome to our ceramic shop. People love our waterting spikes and fun little pots! We create all kinds of unique and functional art. Follow us on Instagram @MountainMudworks

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Last updated on Sep 9, 2020

Hello!
Welcome to our ceramic shop. People love our waterting spikes and fun little pots! We create all kinds of unique and functional art. Follow us on Instagram @MountainMudworks

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Sharie Dodge

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About MountainMudWorks

Sales 1,401
On Etsy since 2019

Hand-crafted ceramics made in Colorado

Our Story


In 2018, my now husband (Logan) and I (Sharie) set out to get some new planters for our ever-growing indoor garden. Our plants were growing bigger and stronger and after perusing the local garden store, we found many of the available pots to be uninspired and overpriced. So, we did what we often do in these situations: find a way to create what we were searching for. We called on the help of a seasoned creator, and all-around excellent human; an engineer who dabbles in many things and masters those which he loves. A man who we are fortunate to call uncle, enter: Lex.

Lex has been many things in his life, a teacher, a hot-rodder, an engineer, a member of the armed forces, a ceramicist, and an inspiring mentor to us and our business. He made available his dynamic ceramic studio, which he designed and setup to continue his love for the hobby. So, we got to creating! In the first months we learned enough to know that we shared an interest in making. Creating something from nothing is a real thrill, and this muddy discipline struck a chord with us. We began by learning the basics, getting a feel for how it all works, pouring mud into molds and seeing how slip casting begins. Cleaning (and inevitably breaking many) pieces of greenware and learning how fragile and temporary art can be. Firing pieces to see them change in color and durability. Painting and glazing so far from the start of the process gave us a real appreciation for the patience and skill involved in getting from a want to a finished product.

We made a few pots, inexpertly glazed and finished them, and up potted some of our needy greenery. We agreed it was time to delve into what we could do to make ourselves better at this so we could create the pots and planters of our dreams. We didn’t want to waste our resources on making bad pots as it takes a fair amount of slip, glaze, and attention. So we switched gears, and tried our hand at some smaller, less demanding items: a few mugs, a couple of decorative pieces, and most importantly we poured some molds labeled “plant tenders”. Soon we would come to learn that these little guys had a lot to offer; not only were they an ideal size for learning the process while conserving our limited supplies, but when finished they had a purpose. We were able to test out new artistic techniques on small items that help to improve the health and hydration of our plants.

Shortly we had a very different issue: not enough plants to water and too many watering spikes! Mutually we decided to gauge the interest of our hobby products online through Etsy. Slowly, we began to attract the interest of plant lovers with our functional art! We decided it was worth trying to create and sell watering spikes so we could reinvest our earnings into this hobby. Over the course of a year, demand grew and our hobby turned into a business.
Using our newly replenished supply of mud we (and by we, I mean the ever-ingenious Lex) started repurposing other molds to make unique watering spikes. Larger ones for longer watering cycles, cuter ones for their aesthetics, and even huge in ground watering cylinders for outdoor gardening spaces, based on the ancient irrigation techniques of olla pots. As our skills and knowledge grow, so does the quality and consistency of our product. We are proud of what we create, this version of functional art fuses our ideals of practicality and beauty; and combines neatly with another of our life passions: plant care and gardening. We truly love sharing our innovations! We are happy to spread the joy of plants and support your pursuit of a greener thumb; and we are also pleased to create an eco-friendly product with a low carbon footprint, handcrafted in Colorado, USA.

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, 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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Last updated on Aug 29, 2020
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.