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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Respecting the Presidential Safe Space.

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I wonder what Winston Churchill would think of all this?

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It’s not your Teddy Roosevelt kind of bully.

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This makes me want to contact Melania Trump and pitch my idea for a children’s book:  “Donny the Bully Has a Change of Heart.”  It’s about a really mean bull who pushes everyone around until he meets a sexy european cow who convinces him to be nice.

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Alternative facts rule, Baby!

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I think this postcard project is going to have real staying power.  These cards just write themselves.

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He blinded me with science.

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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…

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A bold new venture!

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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!

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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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