Brett Binford and Chris Lyon: Mudshark Studios

Navigating Uncharted Waters

Website: Mudshark Studios

Mudshark is a private label ceramic manufacturing company that was founded in 2006 by Brett Binford and Chris Lyon and started in the basement of a rental house. In two short years the company grew to need more space but lacked the financial liquidity to afford both studio and house rent, so they purchased a home with 5000 sq feet of garages in NE Portland. After operating out of the three garages for three years, they found themselves yet again over capacity and looked to expand to a more industrial setting. In the winter of 2011, Mudshark began moving its operation from the garages to a 17000 sq. foot warehouse. in the following year Mudshark grew from 8 employees to 24. Brett and Chris currently operate at Mudshark's Production studio, co-own and operate the Portland Growler Company, maintain a private studio rental facility for 8 ceramic professionals, and have opened an all ceramic Gallery called Eutectic Gallery. They will be touching on both the business and the artist side of growth as well as showing many client examples and process images.

Mudshark Studios LLC. is dedicated to the development and success of our client’s ideas. We strive to manufacture the highest quality product in a timely fashion. By informing our clients of the various processes used, we can assess and implement the most effective methods to fit their production needs.

Our primary goal at Mudshark Studios LLC. is to meet and exceed our clients expectations. We aspire to promote the creative process in the local community and beyond. We take pride in working with a wide variety of artists ranging from newly established designers as well as accomplished producers and designers.