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Name: Beth Miranda (The Muddy Walrus)

Posted By Keara McGraw

The Muddy Walrus is both a brick-and-mortar and online pottery shop - and it's also a place where anyone from the novice (of all ages) to the slightly-more-experienced potter can take classes (and get their hands muddy). Potters can rent a wheel, and rent a firing kiln, and those who prefer to admire (instead of create) can commission a piece from Beth. The business motto: "For the love of mud!"

Years in Tampa Bay


Hustle (job)


What do you do?  

I make fun and functional pottery from mud. I particularly love bright colors and cheerful designs. I currently have my own studio/shop in the Warehouse Arts District.

Why do you do it?

I love the process and the fact that I make people smile daily, while using one of my pieces. My studio is also a safe space for me, where I can just do what I enjoy.

What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)

The Muddy Walrus was created because we had a name issue. We got our Walrus puppy and the rest is history. She and the name change have positively affected my business. As for pottery, I got back to that several years ago as a way to have “me time.” Eventually it evolved into me selling my wares.

What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?

Most people don’t understand the amount of steps required to get from a ball of clay to a functional mug. I make it take even longer by my decoration and carving!

What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?

For me, it’s doing the events. My anxiety sets in big time. I have a good time and love them once we get going.

What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?

Have fun! Don’t get bogged down in the details and stress. Remember why you do it and focus on that.

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