Hello! Thanks for visiting. I am Stephanie Shull. I've been making ceramic piggy banks since 1998. That was when I made a piggy bank for my 8 year-old daughter. She loved it.... and so did everyone else. I spent several years making them as gifts for friends & family. In 2006, I decided to go into business & set up a stall at the world famous Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA. The following year, I quit my "day job," and devoted myself full-time to making these wonderful piggy banks. I make each one completely by hand, so every pig is unique. I also hand inscribe each pig's belly with my signature, where I made it (currently Seattle, WA), and the year that I made it. This little touch makes it a collectable keepsake that will be treasured by young & old, alike.
I make each of these pigs, one at a time, in my studio (AKA my renovated garage). The name "Pike Place Pigs" comes from the place where I first offered these piggy banks for sale... Historic & world-famous Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle, WA. Since 2006, visitors to Pike Place Market (tourists from all over the world & local Seattlites) have embraced these little piggies and taken them home to delight eager savers, young & old.
Who doesn't love a piggy bank? Think back to your childhood... What did your piggy bank mean to you? It was more than just a place to put your pennies... it represented endless possibilities. It allowed you to dream of what you would do with the money you were saving. It taught you to think ahead and to plan. For kids just beginning to learn the value of money, a piggy bank is an essential tool that makes saving fun. For adults, it's a bit of nostalgia. Regardless of age, piggy banks are just good plain fun for everyone!