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Featured Seller: mudstuff

Oct 15, 2010

by mudstuff

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Johnny Ward. I was raised in the south end of Seattle, where I now make a living running MUD, a small shop that produces statuary and sculpture. Not much of interest happened for me until I joined the Army and, eventually, ended up on the central coast of California. There, I met a very creative, if maladjusted, group of people that became my friends, enemies, roommates and collaborators. Much through their examples, I began trying to find something different to do with my life. After the usual assortment of failed experiments, bad jobs, and mishaps, I lucked into a creative pursuit that held my interest and had a place in the market.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?

I live with my girlfriend and she’s got a 12-year-old son. So, I’m happy to say that I get to do a lot of the same types of things I did as a kid, only with the part about being an adult tacked on. Life’s busy, so a lot of what I do when I’m not making stuff are dishes and laundry. I try to respect the work/life balance. The truth is it’ll be paperwork this weekend, demolition derby the next, then camping. But it’s always back to work after that.

FS_mudstuff_1.jpggood times/bad times baby by mudstuff

What first made you want to become an artist?

Like a lot of people, I was creative as a child. So, I guess what first made me want to be an artist was the positive feedback I got when I wrote a story or drew a picture that someone liked. Also, my father was a real ham, a gifted storyteller, and a very funny man. I think I had a sense that he had an act that he put on, and that he made all this stuff up and had a great time doing it. So, making stuff up was always fun.

What inspired me to be a working artist/craftsman was equal parts necessity and dumb luck. I was given the opportunity to work as a patinier at a statue factory and found it fun and challenging. Only after trying to make physical objects did I ever really develop an affinity for them. It’s still mainly the fun of coming up with something and the challenge of producing it that keeps me interested in arts and crafts.

FS_mudstuff_2.jpgrhino babyhead by mudstuff

Please describe your creative process.

A large part of my shop’s production capacity is dedicated to statuary, the lesser part to one-of-a-kind sculpture and custom work. The statuettes featured on Etsy are all made of concrete and finished with a variety of patinas, dyes and waxes.

I start with either an idea or an original. Some of the statues I produce are of my own design. Others are restored and repurposed architectural elements and antiques, or kitsch vintage stuff. Once I get an original I like, a flexible mold backed by epoxy and fiberglass is formed. Concrete is poured into the mold and agitated. Later, the item is pulled from the mold and its flashing lines are ground down. Then, any remaining surface defects are repaired and I put a finish on it.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?

Cherish is so loaded. I was afraid to answer this because what if there was nothing I really cherished? But, there is something, after all. I have an old plaster cast Indian head that my father made as a school kid. He signed the bottom of it. When my sister was a kid, she had it and wrote her name there as well. It’s painted and the paint is a hue that it seems you can’t even buy anymore. Probably lead based. Anyway, I’ll probably keep that thing the rest of my life.

FS_mudstuff_3.jpgName your top five books, movies, musicians, and websites besides Etsy.

Well, I’m reading The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe and not listening to much music right now. The next movie I’m going to watch is Sorcerer. Online, I like Make Zine and Archive.org.

What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?

Don’t be discouraged if you put some things on Etsy and nothing happens right away. There are a lot of awesome people that buy and sell here. They are really savvy about finding what they like. I think it helps to have an accessible price point and something unique.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?

My favorite feature is the listing/relisting system. It is super easy. So is getting paid. Some type of organizational options in Conversations would be nice.

How do you promote your work?

I had a lot of help when I first started making things. At the time, I worked for a company that regularly attended the San Francisco International Gift Show. My employer brought the Johnnyhead to one of the shows in 1995, and I began wholesaling them. I’m still working with some of the same folks I met back then. Also, I spent a long time making statues for other shops before going out on my own. So sometimes my wholesale customers would find me or I’d meet them through the regular course of business.

Currently, I have regional sales representation and a small display in a permanent showroom at the Pacific Market Center in Seattle. MUD also has a website in addition to my Etsy shop.

In ten years, where would you like to be?

Ha! Ask me in ten years.

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216 comments

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 5 years ago

    I really love this interview. Every artist needs that group of malcontents (sp?) to hang out with :) Love your style. COngrats on the feature.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 5 years ago

    I love reading other sellers' stories. It motivates me. Congratulations on being featured. You have some very unique items.

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Been in my favorites for a long time :-) Love your work! Congratulations on the interview and feature :-)

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 5 years ago

    Interesting items! Great interview.

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 5 years ago

    Loved the article! Thank you so much for sharing. Your work is very intriguing. Congratulations featured seller!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Very Cool Stuff!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 5 years ago

    I can relate to the positive feedback, it is something most of us are looking for.

  • LaurelDChristian

    LaurelDChristian said 5 years ago

    I love the koi fish and love, hate, pow. Love them!

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 5 years ago

    Congradulations on finding a satisfying creative outlet that can make you some money! I love how different and creative your things are!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    love your work! thank you for sharing your story!

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 5 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • ecoblingcouture

    ecoblingcouture said 5 years ago

    Nice JOB! And Congrats from Seattle!

  • SpoonfulOfSugarShop

    SpoonfulOfSugarShop said 5 years ago

    Congrats to you.. wonderful work!

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads said 5 years ago

    very cool! love the work!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Wow Awesome work ! and congratulation !

  • SweetChip

    SweetChip said 5 years ago

    Wow! This is some awesome talent!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 5 years ago

    Beautiful sculptures - your photos of them have this beautiful still-life quality!

  • YanniCreations

    YanniCreations said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. Great interview as well. I enjoyed reading your journey. Your pieces are unique-awesome finish, some intriguing yet definitely interesting. Cool!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Amazing shop! Congrats on being the FS!!! =)

  • spottedlobes

    spottedlobes said 5 years ago

    fantastic!!!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 5 years ago

    Very Nice...like the hand dish. Keep Up the Good Work.

  • Niftic

    Niftic said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Continued success in all you do.

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey said 5 years ago

    Great reading about your journey.. Love the darker, strange pieces - i.e. "rhino babyhead" and "van dyke"... interesting and very unique.. Congrats on being the featured seller and I wish you luck.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Great sculptures! I love the mice, they would be so great standing the corner of a room.

  • AnotherRealmScents

    AnotherRealmScents said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Love your celtic cross!

  • ArkansasLeather

    ArkansasLeather said 5 years ago

    Dude, Beak Baby rocks! I see a christmas present buying spree in my future.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    clever sculptures. love them. :)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    cool baby heads! your story is inviting, warm and down to earth

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical said 5 years ago

    Love your bunch of siamese mouse. They look so mischievous =p

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 5 years ago

    Interesting interview and fun to read:) I love your little characters, they have a lot of personality and seem to take a life of their own..as with all exceptional art.

  • TRESBELLEbyNM

    TRESBELLEbyNM said 5 years ago

    Wow! such unique things. Congrats!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 5 years ago

    Interesting items!

  • CaliforniaBohemian

    CaliforniaBohemian said 5 years ago

    Very imaginative and interesting artwork. Very cool.

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 5 years ago

    There is something unique in your creation :) Something special which I can't express through my words...

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Love your items. Great interview. Continued success to you!

  • StoneRayStudio

    StoneRayStudio said 5 years ago

    The new york angel is lovely! Congrats on discovering your talent and potential. The Best! - Linda

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Nice! I love weird for weird's sake.

  • gohobo

    gohobo said 5 years ago

    Great interview.. Very inspiring and very unique. Keep on creating wonderful works. Cheers to you.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 5 years ago

    rhino head baby freaked me out. really neat stuff.

  • EverydayDiamonds

    EverydayDiamonds said 5 years ago

    Great interview and amazing, unique shop!

  • BarkingBirds

    BarkingBirds said 5 years ago

    Very cool baby heads! That one with the horn is too cool!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 5 years ago

    Cool creations. So how does one become.......a featured seller??

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 5 years ago

    Great Work! Wish you continued success! Thanks for sharing! ;)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 5 years ago

    wow! Super creative & unique work- keep it up!

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 5 years ago

    A great, honest interview without all the romance, but with just enough romance.

  • davesheelydesigns

    davesheelydesigns said 5 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 5 years ago

    Very unique work. Congrats!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I love the Siamese mice. Congrats on FS!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    Great to hear how someone fell into something that they love to do!

  • wAllFloorArt

    wAllFloorArt said 5 years ago

    Giant babies would be cool too!!!

  • wAllFloorArt

    wAllFloorArt said 5 years ago

    Love what you do..do what you love...giant babies would be cool too!!

  • hergypsysoul

    hergypsysoul said 5 years ago

    Great unique take on "mud"! Love the part about what you will be doing in 10 years... Congrats on the feature!

  • crabbyabbeystudios

    crabbyabbeystudios said 5 years ago

    Very cool interview! I absolutely love the doggoyle---and so many other creations in your shop. Congrats to you and your outstanding work!

  • branda

    branda said 5 years ago

    We like the simplicity and sincerity of Johnny. It seems to be so calm and transmit peace. It's a pleasure read this post. Congrats mudstuff!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 5 years ago

    cool read.... much success to you Mud!

  • crazyfoxstudio

    crazyfoxstudio said 5 years ago

    Cool stuff! love it all!

  • HelgaMcL

    HelgaMcL said 5 years ago

    I L-O-V-E your stuff! The beak-baby might be a favourite, but only just. They are all fabulous. Well done!

  • TrilbyMade

    TrilbyMade said 5 years ago

    I ran into one of your Siamese Mice in Ballard last week and fell in love. You make beautiful stuff. Thanks!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    Cool shop!

  • animalcracker

    animalcracker said 5 years ago

    Very interesting work. Congrats!

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 5 years ago

    What fun!! Love your shop. congrats!!

  • ABC123APPLIQUES

    ABC123APPLIQUES said 5 years ago

    Your work is incredible - your interview INSPIRING! Best of luck to you. Congrats!

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone said 5 years ago

    You have been one of my favorites for a long time! I love your work! Congratulations on being a Featured Seller! You deserve it! :-)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 5 years ago

    Love the crazy baby heads! I know a guy who makes terracotta baby heads for the garden but of course they look completely different from your work. Baby beak is fabulous.

  • ScentedLuxuries

    ScentedLuxuries said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your shop!

  • JulienDenoyer

    JulienDenoyer said 5 years ago

    Wow I love this shop!!! Very inspirational story...a career in art can be had really at any point in life...effort is the most important and believing in yourself. Also, prices in your shop are really affordable...I'm sure your sculptures will fly off the shelf, espcially for this chritmas...I added your shop to my favorites and will have to order something for sure! I love the rhino babyhead!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 5 years ago

    Interesting Items. The interview was great.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    I like your art. I especially like the hand dish.

  • scoutcuomo

    scoutcuomo said 5 years ago

    This is great stuff. Authentic and creative

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great story and very creative work! Congrats!

  • oldohiofarmfinds

    oldohiofarmfinds said 5 years ago

    I have always admired your work! Congrats and cheers to your present and future success ☺

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    interesting work! congratulations on the feature and wishing you continued success

  • shirubatree

    shirubatree said 5 years ago

    love your items cant look at them for to long tho, so temping to buy think i will when i got some money. congratulations tho.

  • sbfreih

    sbfreih said 5 years ago

    I think I live in the house you used to own. My mom flipped when she saw the baby heads all over the back yard, now they're hers. Great work, keep creating!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 5 years ago

    Wow!, the "hand dish" is tres cool!! Kudos to you Sir!

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow said 5 years ago

    i like the mice! great invterview, thanks for sharing..

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 5 years ago

    Awesome shop - love the New York Angel! Enjoyed your story. :)

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 5 years ago

    Maaaaaaaaan.. what a way to test out knuckle tats... "ETSY" lettering would rock..

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 5 years ago

    wonderful interview, so nice to hear his story!

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 5 years ago

    Loved your article! Congrats to the feature :o)

  • VAXIS

    VAXIS said 5 years ago

    very interesting!!

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns said 5 years ago

    I sometimes find these interviews a little forced or contrived, but you come across as sincere and genuine. And, I love your work. I, alone with hundreds of others, have added mudstuff to my favorites. I am sure a purchase is in my future. Congratulations.

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 5 years ago

    Wonderful works....do you have some items in Missoula? It was really hard for me to pick just one..

  • artbykat

    artbykat said 5 years ago

    good article...great advice! now i have to go check out his website!

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 5 years ago

    Too many cool objects and a great read. thanks.

  • sixthandmain

    sixthandmain said 5 years ago

    many congrats! i love how unique and clever your creations are! best wishes to you! :)

  • DotD

    DotD said 5 years ago

    very original, unique, creative....enjoyed your story

  • ladysally

    ladysally said 5 years ago

    Adore the open hands.

  • MajikHorse

    MajikHorse said 5 years ago

    Congratulations and much success! (I just bought your little dove, and I can't look at anymore of your creations...!!)

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 5 years ago

    Congrats, your work is inspiring!

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 5 years ago

    nice work

  • suzedablooze

    suzedablooze said 5 years ago

    Ooooi I love your work!

  • GingersGirl

    GingersGirl said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed this story. Very simple and refreshing. Even though in real life I scared of mice, I find myself loving the mice most in this shop :)

  • MyMenageries

    MyMenageries said 5 years ago

    I love the Siamese Mice. I have a lot of nooks and crannies in my apartment that I'm sure I could find a home for one of them. Gotta grow my Paypal. Beautiful work.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Your work is so interesting and unique its awesome to read your story!

  • qualitycustomdesigns

    qualitycustomdesigns said 5 years ago

    Love your stuff. Very cool.

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 5 years ago

    GREAT STORY!!! GREAT WORK!!!!! HOPE YOU MUCH SUCESS

  • twoinspireyou

    twoinspireyou said 5 years ago

    Definitely with ya on the need for some type of organizational system for Conversations! I was thinking the same thing:) Great art and great article! Thanks!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 5 years ago

    great interview-love the hands

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 5 years ago

    great interview, excellent art

  • ElvenWreathsJewelry

    ElvenWreathsJewelry said 5 years ago

    I love the siamese mice! they are adorable! you have a great story...you are cute too!!

  • LaCharmoure

    LaCharmoure said 5 years ago

    Shine on!

  • smellyrhino

    smellyrhino said 5 years ago

    I love this stuff! Super cute shop and owner. (um, probably not proper to say that. oh well)

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Love MUD!!!

  • Isabellascloset2010

    Isabellascloset2010 said 5 years ago

    What a great story! I enjoyed reading it. Good luck in your big future!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 5 years ago

    Thoughtful, humble AND artistically talented-rare to find all 3 in one place! Splendidly brilliant feature! Kudos on the love/hate/pow fists too! :)

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 5 years ago

    So unique. So intriguing.

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 5 years ago

    Life through Art...and Art through Life. Great Story, thanks for it!

  • 2BlackCats

    2BlackCats said 5 years ago

    OMG, loving the Good Egg! Got to get that for a friend of mine who is, in fact, a very good egg! Congrats on the interview. Love your work.

  • LilAnniebell

    LilAnniebell said 5 years ago

    Loved this interview! Was such an easy read and your work is beautiful! Congrats :)

  • MustLoveTiaras

    MustLoveTiaras said 5 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE the mice!! I enjoyed reading your story! Congrats on being the FS! :)

  • PocketCardsbyPam

    PocketCardsbyPam said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work...such creativity. I love to see such different art being produced and marketed, and such passions for the art! Love the write up!

  • CreationsdeFlorence

    CreationsdeFlorence said 5 years ago

    Awesome pieces. So creative and really unique. Great interview.

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 5 years ago

    Creative pieces and enjoyed your story too.

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 5 years ago

    Hooray for a fellow Seattle-ite!!! I love your mix of styles--from the classic to the magically surreal. Love the mice, koi, and johnny heads.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    I love your very amazing and unique work. Thank you for the very inspiring interview.

  • xdropdeadbeautyx

    xdropdeadbeautyx said 5 years ago

    beautiful great things.

  • oversoul

    oversoul said 5 years ago

    cool & unique.... love this little slice of heaven

  • jadjusjewelry

    jadjusjewelry said 5 years ago

    wow!!!

  • LezliLuv

    LezliLuv said 5 years ago

    Loved the interview...lots of good inspiration there. Would love to hang out with malcontents also. Anyway, love your stuff, just freaky enough for me

  • pinkpoison74

    pinkpoison74 said 5 years ago

    thank you so much great read! xoxo

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    beautiful work! Best wishes for your continued success!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 5 years ago

    Refreshing, creative and most interesting. I would like to read about more of the male sellers on Etsy - they always have a unique perspective.

  • careytrudeau

    careytrudeau said 5 years ago

    Such lovely work!

  • bydesign4u

    bydesign4u said 5 years ago

    Great creative pieces!! Love your work, especially those hands..they look so real~ Also enjoyed your article..

  • UtopiaUF

    UtopiaUF said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being the featured seller, great interview and I love your work, very very unique. Especially loving the mice.

  • UneBelleVie

    UneBelleVie said 5 years ago

    Awesome article and congratulations about being featured! It must be so exciting! You have awesome, original pieces, and something for everyone. Amazing shop!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 5 years ago

    Good article - I think that's great advice for sellers - esp to have something unique. Thank you :-)

  • MadeWithLovebyMaryM

    MadeWithLovebyMaryM said 5 years ago

    Very unique. I especially love the hand dish.

  • crumblescookies

    crumblescookies said 5 years ago

    Hey Johnny, Love your art-so unique! I really enjoyed your story also- keep up the excellent work!!

  • mydogandi

    mydogandi said 5 years ago

    neat and really unique!

  • LeChapeau

    LeChapeau said 5 years ago

    WONDERFUL artwork! Just amazing! Loved the interview too!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 5 years ago

    Congratulation, great shop.

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    i love your work! great sculptures!

  • robinwade

    robinwade said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Wishing you light and success.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    I can really relate..wishing you good luck and much success!!

  • lstonerockdesigns

    lstonerockdesigns said 5 years ago

    your work is very interesting. some of the pieces remind me of the tool videos(the band). very cool sculptures!!

  • jilldredge

    jilldredge said 5 years ago

    Great interview, Love the baby faces!

  • piratejayne

    piratejayne said 5 years ago

    Another Make fan love it and your work is killer

  • stonecoldvintage

    stonecoldvintage said 5 years ago

    Inspiring interview - very real with humor and intelligence.

  • ScatteredTenacity

    ScatteredTenacity said 5 years ago

    Love this product description: "each baby has a happy face, and on the reverse, a sad face because, you know, that's pretty much how things go" Isn't that the truth? Wow - LOVE your work! I need to make one of the johnnyhead tea light's mine... Yes, that reads 'need'

  • CooperCollectibles

    CooperCollectibles said 5 years ago

    Love It!!!!!

  • lilyanewyork

    lilyanewyork said 5 years ago

    love the road you traveled. love your art. wishing you everything good.

  • ParisPhotographer

    ParisPhotographer said 5 years ago

    Great interview and a great read.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 5 years ago

    Great interview! I love the poison apple and the good egg!

  • AnimalCrackersbysue

    AnimalCrackersbysue said 5 years ago

    Love the poison apple :)

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 5 years ago

    Thanks for a great read, wishing you much success in the future!

  • Bigbonehandmade

    Bigbonehandmade said 5 years ago

    Very Cool Stuff!I love mr. mustachio^,^

  • CodeCobalt

    CodeCobalt said 5 years ago

    Wow! Great stuff! The most expressive concrete I've ever seen. Now, the question is, where can I find some creative malcontents to hang out with? I find too many uncreative ones!

  • PucksWildApothecary

    PucksWildApothecary said 5 years ago

    Love your work!

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 5 years ago

    Interesting concept but extremely talented.

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 5 years ago

    I love my Mudstuff collection and have been a long time fan. Keep creating amazing things!

  • capecodjewel

    capecodjewel said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • grannysthimble

    grannysthimble said 5 years ago

    Great story... Love you work...

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Well deserved honor to be featured seller and congrats to you. Love your shop, I've got the house mouse on my christmas wish list that I'll show da hubby end of november. Wish you continued success in all you do. :)

  • goodtymes

    goodtymes said 5 years ago

    congrats and LOVE your stuff!

  • claudiascreation1

    claudiascreation1 said 5 years ago

    Love a creative man! Beak baby!

  • MamaKs

    MamaKs said 5 years ago

    congratulations. south seattle rocks it. see you around, then.

  • TessieTextile

    TessieTextile said 5 years ago

    We found your shop last night and laughed ourselves silly over the beak baby! What a sense of humor you have! Keep up the good work. I've added you to my favorites so I can remember you when gift time comes.

  • leapinggazelle

    leapinggazelle said 5 years ago

    What a refreshingly honest interview.... love it! Best of luck to you.

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 5 years ago

    ♥ ♥ ♥

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 5 years ago

    Cool and clever work!

  • UniversalCharm

    UniversalCharm said 5 years ago

    Your stuff really inspires thought. "Van Dyke" both creeps me out and yet makes me curious. I hope you consult van Dyke before making all "concrete decisions!" Your work tells a lot about your nature. I like it,and I like your earthy approach to life, your strong sense of humor is evident! Thanks.

  • NancyvdBoom

    NancyvdBoom said 5 years ago

    Loved reading the interview. Your art is crazy and wonderful! Keep up the good work!

  • Empwr

    Empwr said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!! Very unique work!

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux said 5 years ago

    I adore kewpie dolls and your Cupi is the cutest I've ever seen!

  • TheGreenPoet

    TheGreenPoet said 5 years ago

    love to read that congrats!

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 5 years ago

    Great article! Love your statues they are unique, fun and interesting!

  • DamnGypsies

    DamnGypsies said 5 years ago

    really great work...I love it!! Plus you're pretty cute too!! lol! ;-)

  • themadhaberdashery

    themadhaberdashery said 5 years ago

    Truly a creative mind! Very refreshing!

  • CraftedByHeidi

    CraftedByHeidi said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller!

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu said 5 years ago

    LOVE the rhino Babyhead!

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 5 years ago

    Interesting read. Love the koi. You should listen to more music, it feeds the soul. Congratulations on being featured.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 5 years ago

    Love your Siamese Mice! Have fun at the demolition derby...

  • LichenAndLychee

    LichenAndLychee said 5 years ago

    Hey! Congrats on the feature. We met a while back through Matt S. nice work and I love the unicorn.

  • HeadpinWear

    HeadpinWear said 5 years ago

    You have incredible art! Totally UNIQUE :) Cannot say which is my Fav, because I like everything. But I highly like the Koi, "The Good Egg" and the Hand Sculpture! Congradulations on the interview, and wishing you much success here!

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 5 years ago

    GREEEEEEEAT stuff, Johnny!!! I really love this handmade life... Sculptures are something very beautiful. Would like to try it someday. Or buying one someday. :)

  • mamapainter

    mamapainter said 5 years ago

    Nice work and cutie pie to boot! Congrats :)

  • Menno

    Menno said 5 years ago

    A great story! and fantastic work.

  • basilthecat

    basilthecat said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I really enjoyed reading your story.

  • downtoearthfolk

    downtoearthfolk said 5 years ago

    I love your story and your stuff! I'm sure I'll be back to purchase.

  • TheFeltElf

    TheFeltElf said 5 years ago

    I love your work, especially beak baby and johnnyhead tealight.

  • MerlotMoon

    MerlotMoon said 5 years ago

    LOVE THE HAND DISH!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 5 years ago

    This was a great article...love your work! (ps-Funnily enough, I just finished re-watching The Right Stuff prior to reading this article.)

  • minorjunque

    minorjunque said 5 years ago

    Your work is absolutely Awesome !! Your profile story is the ultimate. Congratulations on finding your way. It was a real treat to travel through your Etsy site and I'm heading for your website now. Stay real . . . lucky 12 year old . . . and let us know when you set a wedding date.

  • chickpee

    chickpee said 5 years ago

    Johnny, you are seriously hysterical!!!

  • greendesigntina

    greendesigntina said 5 years ago

    You are a deluxe human and I love you! We missed the last demolition derby but if you're game we could make the last pygmy goat show of the season!

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring shop and interview ^_^

  • thecattsuglybabies

    thecattsuglybabies said 5 years ago

    Oh, how I love the work of mudstuff. I just ordered a Johnnyhead tea light this month and I can't wait to see it. It'll be the first in a collection I hope to build upon for a long time to come. Bravo!! ☺ ♥ Catt ♥

  • Flutterbydaisy

    Flutterbydaisy said 5 years ago

    Beak Baby is awesome *want* :)

  • mudstuff

    mudstuff said 5 years ago

    Hi Y'all, Thanks for all the great feedback, comments, and support. Your kind words have made this a banner weekend around the shop. Guess I better start mixing some mud. Cheers, j.

  • WhisperingGarden

    WhisperingGarden said 5 years ago

    So very talented.. Love your work and it was a fantastic interview.. CONGRATS!!!! Hard work pays off. :)

  • ObiMoe

    ObiMoe said 5 years ago

    This is great! I love it, Johnny Ward!

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore said 5 years ago

    Great work, very creative! Thanks for sharing.

  • GraceandCorazon

    GraceandCorazon said 5 years ago

    wow, true unique talent is hard to find, but you've nailed it! can't wait to shop! congrats!

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 5 years ago

    Always nice to see a fellow Seattleite get some press! Love your awesome items!!

  • avadeldesigns

    avadeldesigns said 5 years ago

    This is a great article! I love the pieces and the honesty from the artist! I really enjoyed reading this. Gave me some hope as a fellow artisan struggling!

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 5 years ago

    Super beautiful artwork

  • JoEzart

    JoEzart said 5 years ago

    Very cool!

  • junquetart

    junquetart said 5 years ago

    Nice to know we share the state with someone so talented and original!

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 5 years ago

    So beautiful! I love beak baby. Enjoyed a very honest interview and extremely cool art works.

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 5 years ago

    Cool work! I like your story and I foud the interview really interesting!

  • keniki01

    keniki01 said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 5 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiration! I love the siamese mice :)

  • livingnothaving

    livingnothaving said 5 years ago

    Love the fact that you are doing what you love!

  • jonijames

    jonijames said 5 years ago

    Greetings fellow Seattle artisian! I thought you looked familiar. ;-) Love your work, keep going! Joni

  • Skinplicity

    Skinplicity said 5 years ago

    Great interview,congratulations featured seller!

  • bellastwist

    bellastwist said 5 years ago

    Very unique work....love it! I know how hard it is to really find your passion in life....I think you found it!

  • lifecreations

    lifecreations said 5 years ago

    I love the hands piece!!! You are very gifted! Great work.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 5 years ago

    Very creative! Beautiful!

  • chicafemmecrafts

    chicafemmecrafts said 5 years ago

    Great stuff! Love Mr Mustachio ;)

  • CaraJeanClay

    CaraJeanClay said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your interview & your passion! The NY Angel spreads your love! Cara Jean (A NYC pottery girl...)

  • metalbymartin

    metalbymartin said 5 years ago

    Great story. Very informative article. Love the baby heads.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Love your style, your sculpting is so unique and personal...warm. Thank you for your advice.

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