These little piggies went to market…

Hello!  I am Stephanie Shull, sole proprietor and pig-maker of Pike Place Pigs .  I’m a new member of Pike Place Producers, so I‘m using this blog post to introduce myself and my little piggies.

I started making piggy banks because of my Uncle Mike.  When I was young, my family would visit Uncle Mike at his cabin in Appalachian foothills of Pennsylvania, where he made his pottery.  I remember being delighted with the ceramic mushrooms that dotted the backyard of the cabin and I was mesmerized by the spinning kick-wheel in his studio.  I loved watching him magically coax beautiful forms out of what started as unremarkable lumps of clay.  In 1975, Uncle Mike made me, my sisters, and each of my cousins a piggy bank for Christmas. I was 6 years old.

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I loved that pig! I carried it around the house like a stuffed animal for days!  It’s a wonder it survived.  Sadly, Uncle Mike died in 1995, when my daughter was about the age I had been when he gave me my piggy bank.  Still missing my Uncle Mike, in 1998 I started working with a lump of clay … and, inspired, I believe, by my nostalgia for Uncle Mike, I worked the clay into my first piggy bank, a gift for my 8 year-old daughter.

She loved it.  She also suggested I add nostrils.   I added the nostrils, and I spent the next several years making and gifting piggy banks to friends and family.  I was excited to get into my studio after work and on the weekends to work with the clay.  In 2006, I set up a stall at the world famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA.  When everyone else loved the banks, too, I quit my day job, and devoted myself full-time to making and selling these wonderful piggy banks.  I make each one by hand, so every pig is unique.  I also hand inscribe each pig’s belly with my signature, where I made it (Seattle, WA), and the year it was made.  This little touch is a tribute to my Uncle Mike, and it makes each one a collectable keepsake that will be treasured for years and years to come.

I make each of these pigs in my studio (AKA my renovated garage). The name “Pike Place Pigs” comes from the place where I offer them to the public… Historic and world-famous Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle, WA. Since 2006, visitors to Pike Place Market – tourists from all over the world and local Seattleites– have embraced these little piggies and taken them home to delight eager savers, young and old.  The first recipient, my daughter, is all grown up, and Pike Place Pigs helped put her through college.  Even now the shoppers at Pike Place Market help keep me busy doing work I really love.

Who doesn’t love a piggy bank? Think back to your childhood… What did your piggy bank mean to you? It was more than just a place to put your pennies… it represented endless possibilities. It allowed you to dream of what you would do with the money you were saving. It taught you to think ahead and to plan. For kids just beginning to learn the value of money, a piggy bank is an essential tool that makes saving fun. For adults, it’s a bit of nostalgia that makes you smile. Regardless of age, piggy banks are just plain good fun for everyone!  Stop by Pike Place Market and meet these remarkable pigs for yourself!

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Happy saving!

Stephanie Shull

Pike Place Pigs

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Across the street from the first Starbucks,  the North Arcade is filled with a variety of art and crafts. Created by world class artisans. Locally. Memories created within Pike Place Market are in the interactions between visitors and artisans. buskers, servers. Conversations, observations and patronage.

Fine jewelry fabricated out of silver and copper. “I would like something special for our wedding”  Gem set. Wire wrapped. Pearls. Leather work. Belts. Bags. “Can you make me a red one for over my shoulder?”  Art for your home on canvas, tiles, stone. “Can you ship these please ?”   Long Boards. Cigar box guitars. “What does it sound like?” Fabric sewn into wraps and scarves, gloves, skirts and hats. Soft plush toys with gentle welcoming eyes. Cuddly severed Sasquatch heads. Wool felted into owl-ish friends. “I want something for that shelf in my living room.”  Glass that is torched into life to form sophisticated beads. More than a bead. Art. The artisan who makes them is standing behind his table and you engage in conversation. “How do you make these?”  Frogs on bowls next to a lotus. Mermaids and octopi. In cerulean green. Pottery that calls to you to run your fingers over its surface. Nature and life are expressed through torn magazine pages. “Do you see the dress in this print?  It is a Courvoisier bottle and the sleeves of her dress were a picture of fireworks.”

A number of our artisan businesses have FaceBook pages. I’ve listed some of them below. Prepare for your trip by clicking through. Get to know us. Then come and visit us. “Like” our businesses on FaceBook and let us know that you’ll be coming by.  That you’re enjoying your purchase. You’ll find us right across the street from the first Starbucks, just north of where they throw the fish and overlooking the stunningly picturesque ferry filled Puget Sound and the waterfront’s newest attraction – The Great Wheel.

The artisans of Pike Place Market invite you to explore, experience and be inspired by our art and our way of life. We welcome your visit to the market and appreciate your support through your patronage and kind comments.

Visit our FaceBook Business pages :                                                   :

1976 Mr Dan Its Just Art                   Adorable Seattle
Adventure Days Dog Treats              Blythe Duckies.com
Brown Bags                                           Careful, It Bites
The Collage Lady                                 Chuck Pefley Designs
ClayZeness Whistleworks                  Cloisonne Art
CroshayDesigns                                   Deerest Design/Scrimshaw Artist
From the Heart Pottery                      Haleyanne Jewelry
Heavens to Betsie                                Im Strang
Kali’s Garden                                        Leonarte Designs
Lid Wear                                                Nature’s Twist
Paper Scissors Rock                            Rowanica Designs
Sabando Design                                   Silver Cherry
Stickman Leather                                Symbols in Art
Tula Bug                                                Vida Loca Glass
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Many more businesses are listed on the Pike Place Market website at – Directory of Merchants

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Symbols in Art – Handmade Display Art Tiles of Inspiration and Awareness
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From Our Hands to Yours on Valentine’s Day

As Valentines Day quickly approaches we all scramble to find just the right gift to give. We sometimes agonize over it wondering if we should or should not give a gift or flowers or a card. I always try to find something that is special and I always buy local so with that in mind I have put together a few suggestion of some amazing local artisans. The nice thing is you can get all of this at the Pike Place Market along with some beautiful flowers.  This is just a small sample of some of the most amazing gifts you can find from over 250 local artisans at the Pike Place Market .  You can also find suggestion on the Pike Place Market Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/pikeplacemarket/  .  The Pike Place Market has everything you need so come shop local.

From Our Hands to Yours

 

 

by: Kristeena Sabando ~ Sabando Design

Pike Place Producers