At the recent Open Studios a lot of folks asked me "why slugs?" For one, I live on the West Coast and banana slugs are a quinessential NorthWest animal, like sea otters, sea lions, or tree octopi. Second, they're easy to sculpt and add to functional ware, and I've made molds of several different sizes. But most of all they look right covered with slime or grease, for which reason I have both sluggy spoon rests and sluggy soap dishes available. Also a slug mug, although hopefully that won't be covered in slime!
And no, I didn't go to UC Santa Cruz. Although I'm happy to make stuff for alumni.