Felicia and Chad bought this business in 2006, after its original owners, Ken and Brenda Barnett, retired. Both Chad and Felicia hold BFAs, Chad in metals and Felicia in sculpture.
The shop became available to them after their degrees were earned and they had a decision to make: stay in fine arts and work another job to pay their bills, or see where Mississippi Mud could take them.
"We get to touch clay everyday," Felicia said. "We get to do what we love every day."
Their focus is functional pottery, pieces that are handmade, affordable and perfect for everyday use.
Chad throws pottery seven days a week. His wheel is located in the shop, so customers can see him at work. They use natural clay materials that have been mined in the Midwest.
Felicia focuses on the finishing work. Her creative space is in the back of the shop.
Felicia said that glaze is one of a potter's signatures.
This piece was fired in their largest kiln.
In addition to their stoneware, they create fish - formed from molds of fish they have caught in the Midwest and in Texas. This piece is ready to be glazed. When it's finished, it will be part of a serving dish.
Here is the mold that Felicia and Chad created.
They also paint their pieces as wall art.
You can meet Felicia and Chad at the Effingham Artisan Fair on April 30th.
Their annual Mother's Day sale is May 6 - 8, everything is discounted.
Thank you Felicia and Chad!