I was born Bretton Sage Binford in 1980 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At age 6, I began playing on a kick wheel that my father built with his father.
In 1998 I was awarded a full scholarship to Alfred University for ceramics. In the summer of 1999 I traveled the country in an old bread truck selling my wares across the country. In 2000, I was on the dean’s list and dropped out of college.
From 2000-2001, I worked at the Ceramic Design Group under the mentorship of Jonathan Kaplan. In 2004, I attended college for one year at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
I dropped out again and co-founded Mudshark Studios with longtime friend, Chris Lyon. By 2007, Chris and I had grown the company from our basement and expanded onto a property hosting 5,000sq. feet of garage that we converted into studio space. By 2012, we had outgrown the garages and expanded the company into a 17,000sq. footage facility. Mudshark has been recognized by many publications over the the years, including an American Made Award from Martha Stuart.
In 2011, I co-founded the Portland Growler Company with 6 other ceramic designers. The growler company has been featured in numerous blogs and has been published in several magazines including GQ, Martha Stuart Living, and Sunset. The Portland Growler Company currently produces and ships ceramic growlers internationally.
In 2012, I co-founded Eutectic Gallery with John Fletcher Halyburton, Aaron Van de Graeff, and Chris Lyon. The gallery rotates shows monthly with emerging ceramic artists’ work and hosts a number of ceramic artists in our retail area.
From 2006 to present I have facilitated numerous workshops for mold making, slip casting, ideation, and production processes. My conceptual Sculptures have been featured in Ceramic Review magazine and published in Emmanuel Cooper’s book, “Contemporary Ceramics” in 2007.
In the summer of 2011, I founded my personal art and design pursuit, Bretton Sage Designs. Bretton Sage Designs’ focus will be creating iconic objects of past , present and future.
Ceramics Review magazine (UK)- May/June 2006
Contemporary Ceramics (UK) – by Emmanuel Cooper, published by Thames and Hudson, 2009
“Shark Mode” Ceramic Industry magazine-March 2006, by Bryan Hayes
“Spotlight Article” Ceramics Monthly-May 2012, by Brett Binford
Willamette Weekly “Scoop” June 20, 2012
USA Today “American Made Awards” October 16, 2012
“American Made” Martha Stuart Living magazine-November 2012
Portland Growler Company
Huge magazine (Japan) “Made in The USA” – June 2012
Imbibe magazine-June 2012
Willamette Weekly “I Made This” June 20, 2012
Draft Magazine- July/August 2012
GQ magazine- October 2012
Sunset magazine, “Gift Guide Portland”-December 2012
Gardens Illustrated magazine (UK) – December 2012