Building a Website

I have been wanting to revamp my name and look on the web.  People often ask me do you have a website?  I then refer them to my blog and also give them the information that I am selling on  I would like to have one address that people can go to that will take them to a page where they can access my website portfolio, my blog and my etsy shop.  There are several websites out there that bring you to a splash page.  (Like a cover page that allows you to access either the website itself or the blog.)  A couple of my friends have some great ones:  Mary Dougherty, Anna Bartell, and Kaylan Buteyn.  They are clean and easy to navigate and give you a quick sample of their work right off the bat.  I was trying to come up with an idea for my own splash page that would allow viewers to access my pages in a creative way.  This is what I came up with:

These funky mugs were so much fun to create!  They are pretty big and not at all realistic!  They each stand eight inches tall!  I think the idea here is pretty self-explanatory as to where each of these mugs would bring you on my site.  I want each of them to be glazed in a different crystalline glaze.  The words are carved out on raised clay so they will not be glazed and will stand out clearly.  I want my blog and Etsy store to remain the same.  I am happy with they way they look.  I want the website to act as an online portfolio of my work, with announcements for upcoming projects and shows, etc.  The website will be a more professional look at my work.  I am excited to get them finished and the site going.  Hopefully I can start on it soon.  I have a friend who is willing to help me get one up and running.  What do you think?

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  • Marco Maio

    Very creative idea, Arryn…I like the use of your pieces to direct to each site!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew

    I think it’s a great idea! I really like the 3 pieces here. You could fit half a pot of coffee in one of those mugs! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Mom V.

      YUM! With home roasted ground
      Kenya beans, for sure! =)ReplyCancel

  • Mom V.

    I love the mugs and the whole idea!! Nicely done, Arryn! = )ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Creative, as always, which in itself is not a surprise, but delightfully ingenious!ReplyCancel

  • I love the mugs! What a great idea. I’ve also been thinking about building a site. I have no idea where to start, but I want everything to be centralized like you said. Can’t wait to see your finished site!ReplyCancel

  • Those mugs are sick!! I think you should make ones that size, because what man doesn’t want a “coffee” stein that big!? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Georjean

    Yes, they ARE funky, and you are so creative! Would love to share a cup of tea, in one of your mugs, with you.ReplyCancel

  • Aunt Georjean

    Arryn, we just launched a website this past winter using the professional services of Gene McAvoy, a friend who lives in Maine. We think he did a great job for us, reasonably priced, and very quickly. It’s still in “construction” because we haven’t yet provided him all the info he’s requested, but it’s mostly done: What do you think? If you’re interested in more information, you can email him at

    • That does look good. That is so neat that Uncle Bob is launching this site and touring. I know he has been leading and teach the Holy Land Tour, but I didn’t know he was establishing a website specifically for that. How neat. I would love to do that some day.ReplyCancel

  • heidi walling

    very creative, arryn!ReplyCancel

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