Today we are excited to spotlight and welcome back fan favorite Functional Mud Pottery, run by Sean Robinson. They are a veteran owned and operated stoneware clay shop in Greensboro, NC.

Preorder Info:

Find me on Etsy under the shop name Functional Mud. Browse through what I have on site to give yourself an idea of what I make and what combinations of medallion, mug shape and glaze color are available. Convo me on Etsy and we can chat about what your pottery desires and how I can make them a reality for you.

Spotlight On: Functional Mud Pottery

Spotlight On: Functional Mud Pottery


What Else You Should Know About Them:

What kind of geeky goodness will you be bringing with you to the next Geekery Market?

I will be bringing all the best of geeky goodness in pottery, specifically mugs. My mugs feature a medallions of iconography from such awesomeness as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, and D&D.

What's an item you are bringing that you are really excited about?

This year I have event exclusive Star Trek mugs. They feature medallions inspired by ST:TNG comm badges glazed in bright colors. Mugs come in blue, yellow and red glazes. As with all my mugs, each holds approximately 16 ounces and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

What was the first item you ever made? How did you learn to make it?

The first ceramic item I ever made was a wonky little cup with thick sides and a slight lean to it. I still have the cup, dated 10/03. I took a pottery class at a local art school in Winston Salem as just ‘something to do’. That ‘something to do’ turned into a 20+ year adventure in research, practice, making, failing, creating, selling and fun.

What else would you like everyone to know about your wares?

Functional Mud is veteran owned and operated out of Greensboro, NC. We use locally sourced clay and the studio is solar powered. My wife is ever supportive and amazing in our ceramic adventures.

If you could travel anywhere in space or time, real or imagined, where would you want to go?

I would spend the weekend in a kaleidoscope. Seems like an ever-changing landscape that can be relaxing and quite nearly mood altering in a positive way. I would need some background music, something like Led Zeppelin or Jack White played at an ear splitting volume.