Mudshark Studios / Portland Growler Company Eutectic Gallery / The Clay Compound / Kept Goods
Brett Binford Founded Mudshark Studios in 2005 with Chris Lyon. Mudshark Studios offers ceramic design and production services to potters, designers, institutions, galleries, and public artists all over the world.
They started with one kiln, one mold table and one casting table in our rental basement and have grown the company to a 17000sq feet in 8 years. In 2012 Mudshark studios was selected by Martha Stewart as one of 10 companies chosen for the American Made Awards. In 2013 Mudshark were awarded the Rising Star Award by the Small Business Association. In 2015, they were honored by President Barack Obama During his visit for small business week. They currently employ 30 employees and continue to bring American ceramic manufacturing back to the USA.
In 2010 Binford co-founded the Portland Growler Company with 6 other ceramic artists to produce a line of stoneware growlers. The Portland Growler Company has been published and written about in countless magazines and blogs including Notcot, Uncrate, GQ, and Martha Stewart Living. They currently distribute growlers internationally and continue to lead the industry in growler design and sales.
In 2011, Binford co-founded Eutectic Gallery, a contemporary ceramic gallery. Eutectic gallery is the only all ceramic gallery, hosting 6 exhibitions per year along with 12 back room shows each year. Eutectic is recognized internationally by collectors and shows a range of contemporary artists from emerging to world class ceramic artists.
In 2012, Binford and Lyon co-founded The Clay Compound in their old Mudshark facility offering rental studio space to local ceramic artists. The space currently hosts 12 Ceramic artists’ spaces along with shared kilns, mold room, and glaze mixing facility.
In 2015, Binford partnered with 3 designers to co-found Kept Goods. Kept goods launched its first product line called the Irvington collection, focusing on threaded bulk storage containers for the kitchen. Kept goods has been featured at Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards along with being published in several magazines and blogs including Interior Design Magazine.