Mitchell Spain Artist Collaboration
We're stepping up our growler game with artist collaborations. Our first collection of artist growlers are made in partnership with ceramic artist, Mitchell Spain. Growing up on the outskirts of a small town in central Iowa, Mitchell says he was raised with rust: "whether it was salt-induced rust on wheel wells, rusting farm equipment, or decaying tools found in barns and outbuildings, rust was everywhere." As a boy he spent hours rummaging through barns and junk piles, pondering the origins of countless obscure rusty objects and how we could re-purpose them to give them a new life.
Today Mitchell has created a process to make ceramic objects replicate the look and feel of those old rusty items from his childhood; from hip flasks with functional threaded lids, to cups and shot glasses, and now a collection of three growlers inspired by vintage oil company logos. Learn more about Mitchell on our blog.
About the Gulf Logo
On December 1, 1913 Gulf opened for service the first "drive-in" gas station in the country. It was located on the corner of Baum Boulevard and St. Clair Street in Pittsburgh, PA. This spot was also known as "automobile row" due to the high number of dealerships that were located along this route.
Orange was selected for the logo because customers/merchants recognized the oil company by the color of the tank wagon, since orange wasn’t being used elsewhere it was ultimately adopted company wide and known as the “Sign of the Orange Disc”. The version of the logo on our growlers dates back to the 1930s.