Monster Bowls: A Giveaway!

I’ve told you plenty in a bazillion different posts about my Aunt Tena’s pottery. My number of mentions and my Kitchen Cabinets definitely attest to my love of her work.

But I’ve been keeping a secret from you: Her son, Nathan (my cousin), and his wife, Katie.katie-nathan-payne-custom-potteryThey also have some magnificent work that they’ve been selling at art shows for years, but they just opened up a shop on Etsy to share it with the online world.

(Their Etsy site still a work in progress, so all of their work isn’t up yet, but if there’s something you see in this post you want to buy, I’m sure they’ll let you.)

While Tena’s work is mesmerizingly sophisticated, Nathan’s is every bit as whimsical. You can immediately sense the masculine touch in his humorous designs.

My favorite of his creations is the Monster Bowl, sure to get any picky eater to chow down if they get to eat straight from a Monster’s Mouth, right?monster-bowls-custom-pottery

These retail for $30, and I adore them.

Some of his other creations include this fish bowl:custom-pottery-fish-shaped-bowl

And his Robot Bottles, which are ever-so-creative:blue-robot-bottle-custom-pottery


His wife, Katie, also has a knack for clay. She has been using it to make gorgeous and unique jewelry pieces:alabama-custom-jewelry-clay-ring

They are all hand-formed, so each one is a unique work of art:katie-payne-custom-jewelry-necklace


Now, for the giveaway:

I have two Monster bowls, and one will go to the child winner of my Basketball Bracket Pool (which is actually the one who does the worst, as I previously explained), and the other one is to give away to one of you!monster-bowls-custom-pottery

If you’d like to win a Monster Bowl, simply comment on the post.

You can earn up to four extra entries by:

  • Going to Nathan and Katie’s Etsy Site and tell me one thing that you would want to order.
  • Subscribe to OR Follow my blog
  • Follow me on Twitter OR Facebook
  • Tweet, blog, OR Facebook about this giveaway

(be sure to leave separate comments for your extra entries.)

Best of luck! This giveaway is open until Monday, April 5th. The winner will be randomly selected and posted on my giveaway winners page on Tuesday, April 6th.

I’d like to give a special Thank You for all of these amazing photos, which were provided courtesy of Amanda Pair, an awesome local photographer. Be sure to check out her site – I was blown away! Thanks, Amanda!

Disclosure: I received no compensation to run this review and giveaway. I do it simply out of love to all of you, and out of love of Nathan and Katie’s work. And I’m really starting to consider writing completely oddball things in these required-by-the-Government-disclosures, just to see if anyone reads them. Such as, I find the term “Opposable Thumbs” strange sounding. That’s all.

Leave your comment below!


  1. Tina - My Own Party of 5 says:

    Opposable Thumbs does sound strange. ;)

    Love that fish bowl.

  2. Tina - My Own Party of 5 says:

    This owl pendent is super cute too!

  3. Tina - My Own Party of 5 says:

    I follow your blog.

  4. Tina - My Own Party of 5 says:

    And on Twitter. (Actually I'm just secretly stalking you.)

  5. I read your government required italicized notes. :)

    I'd love to win!

  6. I follow your blog.

  7. I went to their etsy site and my favorite would be the owl pendant or clay ring.

  8. I also follow you on Twitter.

  9. Cathy Davis says:

    Your new blog design is so adorable! (I read through Google reader you know…) You and your family are just some talented folks!

  10. Ohhh, i definitely want that clay ring – the one with circles in it. Such pretty color.

  11. I follow your blog.

  12. Monster bowl, I mean that is really cool. If I win it, I'll have to buy another one to suit both kiddos!

  13. I feel bad about trying to win this so I'm only going to do one entry. But you know I'm a follower, I LOVE the square clay ring and I posted this giveaway on my sidebar!

  14. I want to order a monster bowl and the clay pendant with the hints of red. LOVE.

  15. I follow you…all the time…muah ha ha!!

  16. I know what you did last summer…on FB.

  17. AND I'm going to tell EVERYONE!!!!

    on FB.

  18. Ha ha, as you know, I am an avid follower!

  19. I just love, LOVE that monster bowl, but the robottle is a close second!

  20. pistolsnprincesses says:

    Although I won the last bowl I still want to have a chance at that adorable bowl.

  21. Those are so cool! And really, I think $30 is a fabulous price for something so unique and awesome.

    Thanks for the chance.
    soluckyducky at

  22. I really love the green and rust colored robottle in their shop too, and what a clever name!
    soluckyducky at

  23. Following your blog

  24. Following you on Twitter as soluckyducky
    soluckyducky at

  25. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says:

    How adorbale is his art. Amazingly talented family you have Rachel!

  26. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says:

    So misspelled that last comment by accident.
    Anyway…I am a follower.

  27. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says:

    I am coveting the fish dish. May have to grab that one! Its so me!

  28. Kitty Engle says:

    I want it all please

  29. kittyengle says:

    I love the fish bowl

  30. very cute.


    very fun- love the fish bowl too

  32. I have a fussy 3 year old boy and if that monster bowl will motivate him to eat then i'd buy 100!!

    I'm a follower!

  33. Anonymous says:

    The fish bowl is too cute
    Diane Baum

  34. the owl pendant

  35. saphyress says:

    LOVE the idea, the grandkids would be fighting over who got to use it first

  36. saphyress says:

    I love all the clay pendants and how each is unique

  37. saphyress says:

    following you

  38. saphyress says:

    following you on twitter – saphyress

  39. Mrs. Jennifer says:

    I don't think my thumbs ever opposed anyone…I don't think. Now there's another finger we could definitely call opposable.

  40. Anonymous says:

    I can't believe i like these as much as I do. Pottery is awesome!

  41. Jaci Spain says:


  42. Stephanie says:

    very cool and unique!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  43. That monster bowl is hilarious!

    Opposable thumbs are what separate us from the animals… Except for monkeys! When I had my cookie-making accident and severed the tendon in my thumb I discovered just how important opposable thumbs are!

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  46. Love the fish bowl!

  47. I went to their etsy site and think the owl pendant is really nice.

  48. Love the Robot bottles. Became a fan on Facebook would have signed on for newsletter but couldn't find link nor a link for google read or friends. But would love to have the monster bowl for those we tiny monsters that drive one crazy for example that button with no hole or the paper clip with no paper and there is always a penny that nobody wants but it needs a home anyway.

  49. I have the perfect spot for the bowl.

  50. I love the Robottle.

  51. 123connie says:

    Clay ring all the way!@#$!

  52. Opposable thumbs is kinda weird, but I'm grateful for them!

  53. These are the most unique and wonderful pieces ever. I got a bad case of the "I Wants".

  54. Very unique! If I put veggies in it, will my kids eat them better? Worth a shot!

  55. I'm a subscriber…

  56. I follow you on Twitter…

  57. Sarah D. says:

    Anything is worth a shot to get the broccoli into the kids bellies. :)

  58. Oh…I love the rings…I want all of them!

  59. Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster says:

    First Comment: Nathan & Katie are just brimming and overflowing with talent and creativity – so congratulations on their new Etsy Shop – which I immediately added to my Etsy Favorites!

    Suggestion: with the Rings, Pendants and AMAZING ReBottles (!) PLEASE give or assign them names to make it easier to specify which item one is referring to/trying to order. (see second comment)

  60. Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster says:

    I am a blog reader subscriber

  61. Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster says:

    I also Follow your blog publically via Google.

    (Aside: I love your Blog name:

    "grasping for objectivity in my subjective life" is a marvelous, provocative and inspired name – and sounds like the story of my life too!)

  62. Love the monster bowls!

  63. Subscribed of course

  64. Follow you on twitter :)

  65. Bacallsmom says:

    I work in a public school system, and whenever I can, I try to win stuff we can use as door prizes for our ESE teacher training sessions. This bowl would be PERFECT–any teacher would love to have hit. Thanks for the chance to win!
    bbentry [at] aol [dot] com

  66. Bacallsmom says:

    If I had any money to spend (which I unfortunately don't right now), I would love to order their clay pendant.

  67. Bacallsmom says:

    I follow your blog (Bacallsmom).

  68. Bacallsmom says:

    Following you on Twitter (kailua67).

  69. I like the fishbowl. Adorable. Thanks for the chance.

  70. They have some unique and interesting pieces. Would have fun with Mr. Monster.

  71. I love everything pottery!

  72. Those are truly great!
    Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

  73. Aisling says:

    I'm so impressed by creative people! The Monster Bowl is adorable!

  74. Mimi the kitten says:

    These are awesome! Thank you for the chance, and God bless you!

  75. Mimi the kitten says:

    I follow you on Facebook (Angela Townsend).

  76. Mimi the kitten says:
  77. Wow! Very original.

  78. I follow.

  79. Hotsnotty2 says:

    I love the clay pendant, thanks!

  80. I love to try their fish dish

  81. Melissa B. says:

    How adorable! I also like the jewelry.

  82. paula michele says:

    I love how cool it looks.


  83. paula michele says:

    I would order the clay owl pendant.

  84. paula michele says:

    I'm a follower.

  85. blueviolet says:

    Those are so incredibly unique!

  86. blueviolet says:

    I follow you on twitter (blueviolet)

  87. blueviolet says:

    I follow your blog!

  88. blueviolet says:

    I love the clay ring! I also love the small monster bowl!

  89. Oh wow, these are cool looking!

  90. clay owl pendant

  91. purango says:

    I would love to win this prize. It looks great.

  92. I like the clay owl pendant.

  93. Those are gorgeous. I would LOVE to win one. :D

    THANK YOU! alisonad23 at gmail dot com

  94. Owen Funkhouser says:

    I had lost Nate and Kate’s email about a year ago and have been searching for them ever since. I was hoping to see them at the 2010 Monte Sano Art Show this year but they weren’t there. Thank you for this blog and helping me find them!

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