Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mud Pie Studio Pottery Review and Giveaway

Happy Coffee Month! Today is my last day to post coffee and coffee products!  Oh don't worry I will still post coffee reviews and giveaways but not daily for an entire month!  How fitting, on the last day, I'm going to be posting about actual coffee and coffee mugs!  Not a bad way to end the month.  


Today, I'm featuring my newest favorite ETSY store, Mud Pie Studio by Stacy.  Pottery is her second career and it has taken time to master her craft.  She didn't just wake up and start making pottery. It took time and patience! I really wish that she lived near me because I would be over all the time trying to master what she is doing.  


Here is what she has to say about her studio and pieces:  I work out of my garage/studio. It's drafty and smells a bit strange on warm days, but it's fabulous to have my own space. I have little windows and a 'studio assistant' to talk to. (My dog)


I create each piece that you order from a ball of clay on my potters wheel. It then goes through a lengthy process. Once it's dry enough to handle, I customize it for you, and add any embellishments or handles. I paint the dark bottom by hand, and do carving by hand. I then fire the piece in my kiln before applying the color. Once the glaze is on, it is fired once again. Then... a long 24 hours later... it's cool enough to ship to you.


Sounds awesome, right?  She made me one of her customized mugs! I had her put Susie's Cafe on my mug, as that is what my family calls my kitchen!  One of my dear daughters asked me if this was my favorite mug now?  Well it is one of my favorites and it will go into the rotation of my favorite mugs that I use for my daily grind.


The mug is beautiful.  It is actually perfect.  I love handmade items and have one other mug that is also handmade.  I get so much more pleasure drinking out of them vs. just the store bought mugs. (shhh don't tell my other mugs about this...)  I just can't stop looking at the mug.  I had to look at it for a few days before I let myself drink from it.  The colors are rich and the design is perfect.  I could really go on and on about this mug!  Here is another photo of mug. Can you see why I love it?  
You'll have to go check out her shop and look at all of her other products.  I just sit and stare at some of these pieces.  Besides mugs, she dog bowls, beer steins, pitcher's, bowls, kid cups, tea cups,etc.  The coolest feature is that you can customize her products. (Custom Mugs from start to finish is an excellent article with great photos of her work)  These pieces of functional art would make the best present ever for anyone at any age!  Her items should be sold in specialty stores.  All of the photos on this page are her photos.  
                  She is offering one of my lucky readers a chance to win one of her special 10oz tea cups. 
GIVEAWAY
1 winner to get 10oz Tea cup
Wheel Thrown Stoneware, turquoise glaze.

Entry:  Go visit her shop, Mud Pie Studio, look around and come back and leave a comment about one of her products, or something you learned. Leave email address with this entry.

Bonus entries: 5 entries each
1) Follow my blog (any way, right side bar)
2) Tweet giveaway "Enter to win wheel thrown stoneware by Mud Pie Studios. Each is a piece of functional art! http://bit.ly/MudPie " , unlimited
3) Follow me on twitter @susieqtpies
4) Stop in and make her shop, Mud Pie Studio as one of your favorite ETSY stores.

5) Look around at her ETSY store and tell me something you would give as a gift, something you want for yourself, and Heart something you like. (5 entries per comment)
6) Enter any of my other giveaways (right side bar)
7) For 5 entries each, go find her at the below locations. Come back and leave me a comment on something from each site. 
GIVEAWAY ends 9/21- USA
Thanks to the sponsor for making me a custom mug to review and giving away an item for one of my readers. All opinions stated here are my own tasty words.  
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