Where did the name Blumudd come from?
I wanted to name the company Blue Water Clay because I live in Sunny Florida, just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. AT the time I was setting up my business, that name was already taken. So I had to start playing around with words. I settled on Blue Mud but alas, that too was taken. So I played with the spelling a bit and sure enough, Blu Mudd was available so I snatched it quickly! We are now toying with the idea of changing the name but haven’t made a final decision yet.
How and when did you get into the ceramics business?
I was first introduced to ceramics in college in 2004. I took a hand building class that met for 5 hours every Saturday and it was the highlight of my week! I could not wait for Saturday! I have been in love since.
What’s your favourite technique and glaze? Anything new you’d like to try or master?
My favorite technique is freehand sculpting. It’s a little difficult working so small in jewelry pieces, but I enjoy it the most. I have two favorite glazes. Textured Turquoise and Palladium, both by Amaco. I’d love to work more with a wheel making functional pieces as well as jewelry pieces. I’d also like to work more in sculpture. All on the to-do list.
Talk us through your process, what inspires you?
I’m usually inspired by texture and color. When I first started out I mainly used commercial stamps on slabs but more and more I’m starting to move away from that as there just isn’t as much creativity in that. Now I sculpt a lot more and I make molds of things I find in nature that catch my eye or a great texture on an everyday item. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but the fun is in trying.
How do you balance working from home with family/home life?
Balance? I don’t think I do. Something always suffers. Some days the housework doesn’t get done and some days I don’t work as much as I’d like. I’ve learned to go with the flow. When my family requires more of my time, I spend less time in the studio and when they’re all doing fine, I work more. I often think working in a studio outside of my home would allow more studio time and less distraction but I also like that I’m home when my kids come home from school as well. So again, I don’t know if I balance it, I think it balances me.