Here’s my free trip to Gitmo!

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I was dropping off work at the Show of Hands Gallery in Denver last month, and Katie, the owner, suggested that I come up with a new anti-Trump design because that’s my top-selling theme for them. This joke just popped into my head out of the blue last week, I ran it by the legal team here at Wallyworld and they say it probably won’t get me thrown in jail. It turns out that thinking about something illegal isn’t illegal. (Yet). I’m really thrilled about the way this cartoon distills the core passions of our horrible president down to three things: golf, his robotic trophy wife and Kentucky Fried Chicken. If you want to be one of the first to own this bold new form of protest on a coffee mug, jump on over to my online store and buy it. NOTE: I’m not able to have the pics of this mug in my store right now due to a software glitch in the system.  Look for a whole new store template coming next month.

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And if my latest take on Donald Trump didn’t bother you, how about this great little musing on old people?  I honestly think this design is a classic party gift for someone who is hitting an aging milestone. If you can figure out how to get from one page to another on this newfangled internet thingamabob, you can buy it in my online store.

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And last but not least, my studio partner, Braxton got this amazing platter out of the kiln on Monday and it has a great story.  He wasn’t exactly sure how this glaze combination would look, but he thinks the magic has something to do with the fact that the kiln was fired over the weekend, just as Hurricane Irma was hitting Florida.  Muy Mysterioso!

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The world’s greatest tomato art pots!

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It’s tomato time again!  For the past four years I’ve been sending tomato-themed pots to The Tomato Art Fest at the Art and Invention Gallery in Nashville, TN.  This is a wonderfully weird art event that even includes a parade of people dressed as tomatoes.  Apparently this year they are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people dressed as a fruit or vegetable. This year’s crop of pots is by far the best one yet and the 36 pieces I made for the show are some of the most ambitious pots I’ve made all year.  If you want to purchase one of these items, you’re going to have to call Meg at the gallery and hope that it’s still in stock as the show opens on August 11th.

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Here’s the entire group of pots being painted by my assistant, Kelly (in an obviously staged photo).  The time it takes to decorate these pieces is a bit overwhelming and these are definitely some of my least profitable items to make.  They retail for just $38 to $42 each. Posted below are some of my favorites.

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Musk-mania 2.0

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Last Thursday I came home from a trip to California to find dozens of orders via email for my electric car mug.  This happened a couple of months ago and it was a wonderfully weird mystery that was caused by Elon Musk, the scientific genius/visionary industrialist who had fallen in love with my mug and tweeted about it, referring to it as “maybe my favorite mug ever.”  So this time around, I knew it had to be him again.  But what I didn’t know was that he had tweeted the above graphic as a way to pitch the new screen software on his Tesla cars.  At first I was a little aghast at having my artwork copied, but after consulting my lawyer (AKA my brother-in-law), I realized it was all good and the fact that I sold 40 mugs in a very short period of time lightened my mood. Wanna buy one? Click here!

The really fun thing about this new wave of minor fame is that there have been a slew of articles written about Elon using my wacky cartoon, and most of them have the words “farting unicorn” in the title.  Hot damn!  I might just might get my own wikipedia page for this, huh? Some of the articles have a link to my online store, and entrepreneur.com profiled my part of the story really well in the article, “He designed Elon Musk’s favorite mug, now he’s getting a boost in sales.” To see how many write ups are out there, just google the words, “Elon Musk farting unicorn” and marvel at the fact that I can now be called, “that farting unicorn coffee mug guy.”  (photo credit: Elon Musk)

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NEW STUFF! WOO-HOO! NEW STUFF!!!!!

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I rolled out a really good firing yesterday and it had a record number of mugs in it: over 180!  I just shipped out all of the backordered Electric Car Magic mugs for the followers of Elon Musk and it felt good to get those pots out the door. For your perusal today we have some crazy new items.  The mug above has the words, “DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT POLITICS! I’M ON A POLITICAL THOUGHT DETOX RIGHT NOW.” Timely, huh?  You can buy it in my online store right now.

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Yay Wally! Here’s his latest foray into The Trump Era, a morning after nightmare where untold damage to the fabric of world history has been wrought by the my imaginary dog friend.  When Trump got elected, I told myself I just couldn’t do fluffy jokes about this crazy guy in the White House, but here I am, normalizing the most dangerous man in history.  What the hell…. let’s see if it sells in mugs, plates and bowls in my online store.

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Whoa! What’s this stuff?!!!  I’ll tell you.  I did some weird “cartoon pots with Braxton glazes” experiments in this firing and they got mixed results.  I don’t think I’ll be going in this direction again. But these precious little one (or two) of a kind items are available in my online store and you could own them if you rush on over and get them!

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WEED WAR!

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I’d be willing to bet that the Trump administration throws out these news stories just to distract us from the real crimes and injustices they are doing under the radar.

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Alex Jones vs. The Syrian Hamsters!

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Driving around the city the other day, I kept hearing the term “paid protester” over and over on conservative talk radio.  Ridiculous….

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Just get over your self.

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I was thinking about Kurt Vonnegut today and how Trump seems like a character out of one of his books.  I imagined how strange and wonderful it would be if Trump had an epiphany and went from selfish to altruistic overnight.  This postcard is the result of that thought process.

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I’m the guy who makes those electric car mugs.

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Hello world!  Yesterday you discovered me when the coolest billionaire/visionary/industrialist on the planet posted this tweet about my work.  I was downstairs performing the humble task of executing a major overhaul of my laundry room clutter.  It’s a big job – you could park a Tesla or two in my laundry room.  But I digress. As I was unconnected to the internet, people all over the world started sending me orders for this mug design.  It was a wonderfully weird mystery until I got to the bottom of it.  And I got quite a rush of excitement when I got the whole story:

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So thanks, Mr. Musk for telling the world about my humble little cottage industry.  It’s so flattering to have the guy who created the most amazing car in the world pick my mug as his favorite ever.  We are, of course, backordered on this mug now and the timing on this is a bit weird as I’m not going to get my next firing out until March 20th (that might change to earlier because of all this), but feel free to buy more and more of these mugs at my online store.  For those of you overseas, There was a bit of a problem with the international shipping rates yesterday, but we should have that bug taken care of this morning.  The cost to ship one mug in the USA is $10.00 and for overseas it’s $35.00.  Thanks again, Elon.  You made my day!!!

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Keep those cards and letters coming…

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This lovely postcard came to me courtesy of Margo Brown at Margo’s Pottery in Buffalo, WY. If you happen to have any weird blank postcards you’d me to use for the “Postcards to Trump” project, mail them to me at: 30371 Rainbow Hill Road, Evergreen CO 80439.  Thanks!

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2017 State of the Studio Address

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First and foremost, let me present my latest offering to the zeitgeist of distraught and disaffected liberals: “IS IT TIME TO MOVE TO CANADA YET?!!”  I pulled 28 of these out of the kiln on Monday and by Tuesday afternoon they were all either sold or shipped off to various consignment accounts.  Unfortunately, I won’t be getting another firing out until mid-March so if you want to buy one in my online store, it’s going to be a while before we can ship it to you.  Here are the other views of this new classic:

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I do have a great selection of the majority of my stock items right now, so don’t let the news about the unavailability of this design stifle your desire to buy something in my online store.  Braxton has some crazy new stuff in his store, too.  His latest new item is the appropriately titled, “Gob-mug.”  Part goblet, part mug, these odd drinking vessels will make you feel like a king or queen when you guzzle your morning coffee and make your plans for world domination.  Also new in his store are some really tasty beer steins.

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And the even bigger news than that of my little pottery business is the success of my daughter, Robin’s (aka Lisa Prank) music career.  Her album, Adult Teen received a ton of rave reviews throughout the year and she did an amazing job promoting the album through extensive touring.  The culmination of all of this effort came when Adult Teen got the #10 spot on Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield’s “Top 20 Albums of 2016.” As a parent and a super music fan, it was a profound feeling to see my kid’s music up there with the likes of Beyonce, David Bowie, Radiohead, Leonard Cohen and others.

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And last but not least, I’m doing an odd side project right now called Postcards to Trump.  Last weekend I started sending a postcard a day to our new president.  It’s a lot like doing a daily political cartoon, and I’m amazed at how easy they are to create.  I’ll keep doing this project for as long as possible, as it’s a nice creative endeavor for me as I take a hiatus from pottery over the next month or so.  Friends are already saying I should turn it into a book deal (ha! ha!), but the main thing is to see if I can keep it going for as long as I can.  In all seriousness, I’m totally freaked out by the fact that we have a crazy person in the White House.  But the upside of this reality is that it’s a rich source for my political humor.  Please come back to this website if you want to get some laughs out of the struggle ahead.

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