At a glance: Portland Growler Company makes, as you might suspect, growlers. And gorgeous ceramic growlers at that.
Who’s behind the brand? Brett Binford and Chris Lyon, owners and founders of both the ceramic studio Mudshark and the Eutectic Gallery, created the Portland Growler Company alongside fellow designers and Mudshark employees Nick Veitor, Jonathan Langston, Seth Nickerson, Craig Ritchie, and Paul Christiansen, to explore profit sharing and new design opportunities with the people they work with. They take great pride in not just producing high quality ceramics pieces, but in creating and fostering a strong local ceramics community, both in production and in fine arts. Each growler is handmade at Mudshark, and branded with the personal seal of its maker. Soon you’ll be able to look the makers up by their seals on the website and find out more about each one.
What do they do? It’s fair to say that they do a lot, as you can tell from all the businesses they’ve got their hands in, but focusing just on Portland Growler Company, these guys make growlers. They make the traditional 64 oz growlers as well as the petit 32 oz versions for easier transportation of your liquid goods. If you’re not a craft beer connoisseur you may be asking yourself what a growler is, much as we did when we started looking into the company. It’s basically a way of transporting beer that’s not bottled. Traditionally they were made of glass or stainless steel, but the folks at Portland Growler Company have reinvented the growler and slip-cast them out of clay, creating opaque vessels that also insulate much better than their predecessors. This is important if you care about the beer. And if you don’t (can you tell we’re not much for beer drinking around here?), it doesn’t matter, because these jugs are so beautiful and solid that you will want to use them for all you bulk liquids. We found ourselves inventing uses for them just as an excuse to have them around: lemonade, cold-brewed coffee, ice tea…
What materials do they use? They use all locally sourced clay.
Where are they based? Portland, Oregon.
Editors’ favorites from the line? The clean lines of the Sprocket in glossy white or matte black were what first caught our eye, but the cuteness of the smaller minimalist smooth neck growlette is hard to ignore.
Where can I get the goods? You can order them online through their shop, or if you’re in Portland, you can stop by the Eutectic Gallery, check out their current stock in person, and catch a great ceramics exhibit while you there.