I wonder what Winston Churchill would think of all this?
I think this postcard project is going to have real staying power. These cards just write themselves.
Isn’t it great to live in a country where your voice can be heard? A friend of mine says that this project is going to put me in “The Dystopian Prison for Obnoxious Artists.” Fair enough! Move over, Madonna and make room in this cell for me…
I’m firing a kiln today and feeling left out of the big march on everywhere that I can’t attend because of my work obligations. So I’m starting a new project: “Postcards to Trump.” Every day I’ll send a witty and somewhat critical postcard to our new president. Let’s see where it goes!
This year we have two ornaments for 2016! “MAKE WHOVILLE GREAT AGAIN!” is out of the kiln and ready to ship. You can buy it in the “ornaments and pins” section of my online store. While flying on a plane last week, I came up with a second timely design: “SEE THE BLAZING SAMSUNG CELL PHONE”. This one will be out of the kiln on Monday, December 12th but I recommend buying it now as we will have a limited supply of these and will be decorating more as the orders come in.
Right now we can make just about anything you want for the Monday, December 12th ship date. But in another week and a half, there will be a limited supply of my work available. If you want to find out the availability of specific items, feel free to call (303) 526-7867) or email me to find out if a specific item is in stock.
And here’s some cool news: my studio colleague, Braxton Phibes is the featured artist this month at the Evergreen Gallery! Here’s the lovely write-up they did for their monthly email newsletter. You can buy Braxton’s pots at The Evergreen Gallery or in his Etsy Store.
This year’s presidential election results were overwhelmingly sad for those of us who value honesty and integrity. The bad guy won and we are now looking at a whole heap of ugly stuff to come down the pike for our country in the years to come. But it is going to be fascinating to see how artists and creative people rise to the challenge of questioning Emperor Trump’s new clothes. There is so much material to work with! I was really impressed with the way the cast of Hamilton spoke to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence the other night. So this is the mindset that inspired me to create my latest character: President Anus Face. These mugs were envisioned the day after the election, decorated last week and unloaded from the kiln just this morning. You can buy them in my online store for $36.00 each. To see all three sides of all six mugs, click here to go to my Facebook page. Here is a sampling of pics:
Oh my! I took a chance on betting who would win the election when I decorated about a dozen of these ornaments last week, and boy did I lose the bet. Wishful thinking will get you every time, I suppose. I’ve been in a deep dark funk since Tuesday, but now I’m fessing up to my poor political prediction skills
and offering this sad little relic from a reality that never was at a reduced price. I did have a some fun including these in shipments to my wholesale accounts this week with a note saying, “Greetings from a parallel universe where Hillary won the election. So sorry to hear about things in your reality.”
11/14/16 News Flash: All twelve of these ornaments got snapped up by a shrewd Wallyware collector this morning! So sorry to disappoint those of you who are looking to buy some. -Tom
I’m really in a quandary about how to go about my political humor right now. I’ve done a lot of jokey pots about Trump this year, and “Trump Coffee” has been my number one selling mug over the past six months or so. But now that Despicable Donald is going to the White House, I’m thinking that making jokes about the man who has the potential to bring fascism to America isn’t the kind of thing I want to trivialize. Time will tell. Look for a blog post coming in a little over a week with a series of wonderfully dark and bizarre mugs that I thought up this week. It was great therapy for me to envision these designs, and they could be some of the best pots I’ve done all year. Stay tuned.
While I generally consider myself a “dog person”, I sure do make a lot of cat pots these days. Every glaze firing we roll out has dozens of cat bowls and cat mugs in it. Why is the market for cat pottery so good? Does the feline psyche, with its selfish and standoffish nature, make people more apt to try and buy their pet’s love with a funny fancy porcelain food dish? I don’t know. I just know that over the past couple of years, the increasing sales of these items has inspired me to comically catalog the feline personality spectrum. These pieces range in price from $20 – $30 and can be found in the “Cat Pots!” section of my online store. Posted here are the eight bowls, two mugs and one Christmas ornament that we carry. Who knows? If you buy one for your cat, he might reciprocate the kind gesture with a dead mouse or something.
This is turning into a banner year for political pots for me. The “Trump Coffee” mug continues to sell at a brisk pace and I just rolled out a kiln load with twenty of these new “Get on the Trump train!” mugs. Fifteen of them have already been shipped out the door. I’m really happy with these designs and I’m excited about their potential to be one of the weirdest keepsakes from one of the weirdest presidential elections ever. You can find all of the items listed in the blog post in the “New Items for 2016” section of my online store. Here’s the back end of the Trump train:
And for those of you who prefer your snark aimed at the left, here’s a new Wally design that puts Hillary Clinton in an orange prison suit AND the white house. It’s available in mugs, plates and bowls.
Wally also did a stint at Trump University, and here’s how that all worked out for him.
Oddly enough, we’re still shipping out some of these “I’m voting for Bernie” mugs. I guess some people just can’t shake off the dream.
And last but not least, here’s the runaway best seller of the year. “Trump Coffee” is the mug that sums up the year 2016. I look forward to making more of these over the next two months. But after that, I really hope that this whole “Trump mania” becomes a thing of the past.
9/13/16 Post Script: Here’s a 14″ platter that just came out of the kiln and is getting sent to the “Plate and Totem” show at Blue Line Arts in Sacramento, CA. The show starts on October 7th and runs until November 19th.