Colorful Simple Stoneware

Everett, Washington

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About utilemud

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On Etsy since 2007

An unmolded lump of clay is a gateway to the infinite for me.

I am a friend to mud. I love all dirt, except the kind that ends up on my kitchen floor. Whether I am in the garden digging, hiking paths along the Mississippi River, or out in the studio throwing clay I am constantly finding a way to connect myself with the earth.
I am a self taught potter, well for the most part. Like many people I took a pottery class in high school and fell deeply in love with the feeling and rhythm of potting. I did nothing to pursue the art until inspired by my father to do something I could truly love for a living. I am slowing working towards this goal and having a wonderful time trying! “Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do… with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling. “- Vincent Van Gogh
My pottery reflects my understanding of the ceramic process, it is simple and honest. I find contentment in making forms of function and look forward to the evolution that will occur as my knowledge of the art expands. There are many small stages involved in making a pot; preparing the clay, forming the piece and altering, refining, and embellishing it as the work becomes dry enough. I bisque fire which brings it to a workable state for glazing and then back in the fire again. As with any craft some aspects are just grunt work. My love comes from the formation. I do my best work when I’m able to create organically. I take a lump of clay and gauge by the size a general form, place it on the wheel and just let process happen. It’s a back and forth with the clay on which way the lines will flow but I always walk away from my work feeling a little more balanced.
All of my glazes are non-toxic; lead free, and food safe. All pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe unless otherwise noted. The completion of a single pot takes several weeks and requires a great deal of patience. The result is a durable unique work of art to be used every day in the home.

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Last updated on February 3, 2011
I am a self taught potter with a huge love of clay. My current Modus operandi is wheel throwing with a focus on formation. I am keeping the glaze very simple at this point just happy to put a little color out into the world of pots.

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Returns and exchanges
Please contact me within 5 days of receipt if you would like to return a purchase. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Returns require insurance.
♥ I accept payment via PayPal, Google Check Out, or postal money order.
♥ I also accept credit card payments without PayPal.
♥ If paying via money order please contact me prior to checkout so I can weigh for exact shipping.
♥ I ship orders within 24-48hrs after payment is received (some weekend orders may not ship until Monday).
♥ Orders are shipped via USPS & First Class International (International over 4 pounds ship Priority Mail). Buyer is responsible for any customs fee, duty or taxes.
♥ Shipping charges are estimated I refund overpayment over $1 once the order is packed and weighed.
♥ I care about the impact my shipping materials have on our environment. I recycle and reuse when I can and I hope you are able to do the same with that pile of bubble wrap your pot is covered in. When I don't have packing peanuts to reuse I buy the biodegradable cornstarch variety (they can be placed in your compost pile, sprinkled on the lawn and watered to dissolve, or better yet REUSED).
♥ I am happy to ship to gift recipients. Please make note in the message to seller box at checkout. Feel free to let me know if you would like a personal message enclosed.
Additional policies and FAQs
My apologizes but I am unable to accept new commissions at this time. However if you have previously purchased work from me and are in need of additions to a set or a replacement piece please contact me.