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.  Crazy, huh?!!  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 someday. 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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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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Grinch 2016 and Blazing Cell Phones!

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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.

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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.

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“When they go low, we go lower!”

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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:

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My “Dewey Defeats Truman” Moment

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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.

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Crazy for Comical Cat Pots.

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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.

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