Mud Fun

Funny Mud Pottery

Ever since it was discovered that mud was malleable in around the year dot, clay has been modeled into shapes for the amusement of others. Novelty ceramic giftware, which is quite often quirky and kitsch, sometimes become desirable to collectors purely by virtue of its audaciousness and originality, rather than any aesthetic qualities. It’s ability to hold its colours and surface gloss longer than plastic giftwares also keeps it in the favourable stead with collectors despite its fragility. There is always a steady stream of fun ceramic pieces from low art to high art entering the giftware market, sometimes with marketing campaigns that are as entertaining as the product. Some ceramic gems can be the result when creators have some fun in the mud.

 

 

Sally Meekins ceramic

Sally Meekins ceramic cat lid teapot

 

 

Southdowns ceramic toastrack

Southdowns ceramic toast rack

 

 

 

Exquisite Pottery coffee set

 Pottery coffee set by Exquisite

 

 

 

Swineside mantle teapot

Swineside mantle teapot

 

 

 

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‘The Guest’  by Jaime Hayon for lladro

 

 

 

Vintage FLORAL Ceramic Bunny

Vintage Floral Ceramic Bunny

 Enesco Giftware

coffee mug

Starbucks 2011 Anniversary Mug

Melusina Mermaid with gold  confusion, highlighting the grade

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( A few things lost in translation here )

 

 

 

 

Virgil Ortiz - Siamese Twins

Virgil Ortiz – ‘Siamese Twins’

 

 

 

Wiggly Box Julia Roxburgh

‘Wiggly Box’ – Julia Roxburgh, UK

 

 

 

Chinese figurine - Caxistreet

Wenchang Wang, god of literature and scholarship – Caxistreet, China

Lost in a state of vacuous suspension ? Suffering from writer’s block? Facing the bloggers wall of blank ?  Put a figure of Wenchang on your desk .

 

 

 

Rhino eggcup

Rhino Eggcup by Canterbury Cross Collections

 

 

Tiki beer stein

Tiki absinthe skull stein drinkware

Clive Michael’s store, Fujian

 

 

 

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 Flush away that morning fatigue with your ceramic toilet coffee mug.

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ACDC headbanger gift vase – Pierre Blanc

 

 

50s Housewives Mugs - Peggy

Dupenny 50’s Housewives Mugs – ‘Peggy’

 

 

 

Diego-Romero-Bowl

Diego Romero –  Bowl with Chongo Brothers

 

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Ceramic teapot

( artintenrnational.ru )

 

Rare ROBJ Paris Art Deco

Rare ROBJ Paris Art Deco Lady Figural Powder Box  c. 1925

 

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Afro Mug

Ceramic Afro Mug with lid

 

 

 

 

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 Retro atomic bowl – Herta Gerz, BC Ceramics, Vancouver, late 1950’s

BC Ceramics was British Colombia’s largest manufacturer of ceramic giftware, including vases, lamps, bowls, and figurines. Their distinctively shaped and decorated products were sold nationally.

 

 

 

 

Blue Fire Studio - etsy

Blue Fire Studio – etsy

 

 

 

 

terra artesana-ceramic toilet Mexico

 Mexican hand painted ceramic Talavera toilet ‘Acapulco Oro’

( www.terraartesana.com )

 

 

 

 

Ceramic handbag 41cm x 23cm

Jingdezhen ceramic handbag  41cm x 23cm

Can be used as a vase or an actual handbag !

 

 

 

 

Frog Figurines Damon Gift

Frog Figurines – Damon Gift

 

 

 

 

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I wonder what’s in that pipe

Garden Gnome – Battersea’s Spring Decorative Fair

 

 

 

 

Helen Liedloff - Goldscheider

Asian lady bust designed by Helen Liedloff – Goldscheider – 1950’s

 

 

 

 

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Jingdezhen ceramic Japanese wind chime

 

 

 

 

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 Be very wary of what you say in the morning when the missus is holding her knuckleduster coffee mug.

 

 

 

 

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La Bottega Wonderland – Livellara  day  mood  tea pot  ‘Carmen’ 

Italy

 

 

 

 

Laurel Burch-1999

Laurel Burch-1999

Laurel Burch Ceramic modernist cat

Modernist Cat – Laurel Burch

 

 

 

 

Laurel Burch - Ceramic Cats

Laurel Burch  – Ceramic Cats

 

 

 

 

Lectora Veronique Didierlau

Véronique Didierlaurent figurine

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Intarsio Art Nouveau jug  vase designed by Frederick Rhead for Wileman & Co. circa 1898

 

 

 

 

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Aloha Hawaiian Girl  Maile  on Pineapple

( mahalotiki.com )

 

 

 

 

Natural-World-Collection penguins

Penguin Pair  – Natural World Animal Collection

 

 

 

Noi Volkov Teapot - Botero

Noi Volkov Teapot – ‘Botero’

 

 

 

 

Nordic Porcelain Hen Gongyuta

Nordic Porcelain Hen – Gongyuta

 

 

 

 

Keiko Masumoto pottery

‘Life inside a pot’ – Keiko Masumoto

 

 

 

 

Orange Box - Vaughan Nelson

‘Orange Box’ – Vaughan Nelson

Pirate Mugs

‘Pirate Skull Cup’

Yiwu Bing Cui E-commerce

Ceramic crab Caroline Selmes

Ceramic crab bowl – Caroline Selmes

 

 

 

Patricia LazarTeapot

Patricia Lazar ‘Geisha Girl Teapot’

Clown-Nose-Container

Jason Bige Burnett – ‘Clown Nose Container’

 

 

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Jolly Jester teapot – Sally Meekins

 

 

 

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‘Melt Mug’ – Lenka Czereova

 

 

 

Twin CHAMELEON VASE Ardmore Australia Two ceramic chameleon figures

Twin Chameleon Vase  – Ardmore Australia

 

 

 

Ayanda-Mji Twin handles African terracotta vase

African terracotta vase Ayanda-Mji

artmuseum.co.za

 

 

 

 

enhanced-Lionel Richie tea mug

Lionel Richie Hello Mug

 

 

 

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‘Dog Treat Jar’– cheers pottery – Etsy

 

 

 

Godzilla-Mug-by-Eileen-de-Rosas - white ceramic mug with green godzilla motif

‘Godzilla mug’ – Eileen de Rosas

 

 

 

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‘Peach Tilt Teapot’ –Tom Hurbert

 

 

 

Space-mug-with-astronaut-space-walking-in-stars-and-planets Morris Pottery

‘Space Mug’ – Morris Pottery

 

 

vincent-magritte_ceramic teapot

Vincent Magritte teapot

 

 

Cheers Pottery etsy ceramic mug with cat motif

Cat Mug – Cheers Pottery etsy

 

 

 

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Betty Boo Salt and Pepper Shaker – Westland

 

 

 

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Found in the mud :  Local farmer with ancient (pre-Incan Moche culture) pottery he found while working in his fields.

ardentrewartha.wordpress.com

 

More mud stuff :

 

MudStuffing Pottery

 

 

Mud Stuffing Pottery

Mud Stuffing Pottery –  Keith Phillips

My name is Keith Phillips and I make stuff. I make a lot of stuff. I’m a human factory of stuff making goodness. Most of the stuff I make is made from mud-like stuff, but sometimes I make stuff from other stuff. Some of the stuff I make isn’t real stuff, it’s virtual stuff, but most of the stuff I make is real stuff you use to drink stuff from. I’ve even made stuff that had stuffing in the stuff I made. That’s where the name MudStuffing Pottery came from.

Mud Stuffing Pottery – etsy

 

 

 

Keith Phillips teapot MudStuffing pottery

Keith Phillips teapot – MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

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‘Couple Tossed in the Wind’  Dinner Plate – MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

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‘Men Fighting over a Women’   – Keith Phillips

 

 

 

Keith Phillips Sandblasted Dessert Cup NC

Keith Phillips – Sandblasted Dessert Cup

MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

Keith Phillips Cup

Keith Phillips Cup

Dinner Plate --Steampunk Moon by Keith Phillips

Dinner-Plate—Steampunk Moon By Keith Phillips

MudStuffing pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Natasha Lee
    Posted April 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    This post exemplifies what the average person thinks of when they see Clay. Something to be molded into shapes for the amusement of others. lol

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