Meet our Vendor: Bread and Badger
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Amanda Siska, and I run Bread and Badger in Portland, OR. I create fun art with a positive message using pencils, calligraphy pens, markers, digital programs, and linocuts, which is then sandblasted onto cups and dishes with the help of my studio assistant. We believe in making useful products that people will feel connected to for a lifetime.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
We just started carrying speckled camp mugs in a variety of colors, which look just like the enamelware that people bring camping, only ours are solid stoneware and are meant for everyday use at home.
Our newest design collections go along with the outdoorsy camp theme, featuring tents under the stars, camper vans, trees, canoes, kayaks, mountain hiking trails, campfires, s’mores, and 13 new constellations.
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
I’m really into the Family Trees design I’m debuting at UCU. I have a Doug fir tree graphic, which I’ve grouped together in different combinations to represent different sized family units. My family of three has a pint glass that we’ve been using for awhile with three trees on it, and I’ve given some as gifts to friends with more kids. I think it’s a sweet way to commemorate every family member, and remind us that we’re all part of the forest of humanity.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
In addition to our ever-expanding collection of cups and mugs for everyday use, I’d also like to focus more on wedding gifts. We do a lot of business for modern couples getting hitched, from personalized toasting flutes to groomsmen gifts, and I’ve been working on more romantic designs for folks who aren’t necessarily living a mainstream lifestyle. I might even want to offer corresponding papergoods to match our designs.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I love our large handled mugs, and use one every morning for my coffee or tea! We have a variety of designs and colors at home and work, so it’s fun to choose the one that best suits my mood every day. Sometimes I’m feeling like the laughing cat on bright green, and other days are more prickly hedgehog on a subdued blue. It’s just the right size for the caffeine I drink, and I just throw it in the dishwasher when I’m done.