"First, the clay told me what to do. Then, I told the clay what to do.
Now, we co-operate." sam,1994


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In late July of 2009 I underwent a life-changing experience when my horse stumbled at a full gallop; and I flew off her into the ditch. I don’t remember the fall. When I awoke, my left hand was at an awkward angle and the entire right side of my body was in pain. I had a badly broken wrist and a slight displacement of my C5-6 disc. Six casts, dozens of x-rays, one surgery, 2 sets of physio-therapy and 18 months later, I was finally able to return to pottery making.

I spent the first 24 years of my pottery life making fully functional forms. My comment when asked about my style was always “if you can drink out of it or eat off it, I make it”. The fall, and slow return to “normal”, has changed my outlook. I found myself purchasing things for my home that made me smile, not worrying about their function.

Now, when you look at a piece of my pottery, I want YOU to smile. I want you to look, and find the “fun” in my pieces. While the majority of my pieces are still able to be used (functional), I’ve added a “fun factor” whether it’s an interesting foot design; or lady bugs on the rim. I hope you enjoy having them in your home as much as I enjoyed their creation.

Sam Cuttell - Maid O’Mud Pottery