Thanks so much for your interest! I really appreciate you taking the time to look into my pottery and career. This page outlines all Frequently Asked Questions for store.cherricopottery.com, cosmicmugs.com and Joel Cherrico Pottery.
– Short Bio: Joel Cherrico is a full-time potter and and Guinness World Records™ record holder for ‘most pots thrown in one hour by an individual.’ He makes every piece of artwork for sale in our online stores: store.cherricopottery.com and cosmicmugs.com.
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– To buy my newest pottery, browse both of our online stores: store.cherricopottery.com and cosmicmugs.com. When pottery is sold out, sign up for our e-mail newsletter here, which announces all upcoming sales and availability.
Requests for Cherrico Pottery
– When pottery is sold out, sign up for our e-mail newsletter here, which announces all upcoming sales and pottery availability.
– Custom commission requests can be submitted by sending us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) but we get requests almost daily and can not accept most requests. Demand for pottery is just too high right now. However, I really appreciate all of your requests and take everything into consideration when I sit down at the pottery wheel to create new art. I would be most interested in and able to create art from our three pottery categories: Standard Ware, Outer Space Inspired and Mountain Pottery.
– We are not able to donate pottery to silent auctions and fundraising events. There are just too many requests to fulfill and we already donate regularly to American Craft Council and The Planetary Society.
– We are not able to make art for or participate in most gallery shows, art festivals, wholesale orders or custom commission requests. Again, there are just too many requests right now. For a list of other potters who might be interested, check out this list of pottery blogs. If you decide to use this list for silent auction/fundraising donation requests, please be considerate of the fact that artists typically don’t make much money themselves. Please consider contacting wealthier individuals (bankers, doctors or lawyers) to purchase pottery from these artists, and then donate it.
Learn About Joel Cherrico and Cherrico Pottery, LLC
– Biography: Joel Cherrico is a full-time potter and and Guinness World Records™ record holder for ‘most pots thrown in one hour by an individual.’ He makes every piece of artwork for sale in our store. He started Cherrico Pottery, LLC in 2010 after graduating from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University with a degree in art. Since then, he has supported his livelihood full-time by creating and selling handmade pottery. He and his small team of student interns use new technology to revolutionize the ways that art impacts our global society.
– If you’re a journalist interested in writing about my career, please refer to this press kit.
– To learn about my pottery career and how I make a living as a full-time potter, read this eight part American Craft Council authorship series, ”A Potter’s Journey.”
- Part 1: The Beginning
- Part 2: Art Experiences Outside The College Classroom
- Part 3: Conquering Art Major Anxiety
- Part 4: Writing A Business Plan
- Part 5: Launching A Pottery Business Venture and Fighting to Keep it Alive
- Part 6: Growing A Profitable Pottery Business
- Part 7: The Local Blend Business Partnership
- Part 8: The Search For 1,000 True Fans
You can also explore our blog if you are curious about specific parts of my pottery process. You can learn how I glaze ceramics with wood ashes, how I created “Cosmic Mugs” and got them published in Ceramics TECHNICAL magazine, and how we raised $34,099 with Cosmic Mugs on Kickstarter.
– To learn how I created a thriving online store, check out this guest blog post for BigCommerce, the company that gives us a platform to sell pottery all over the world: Products That Matter: Blending Art, Science and Pricing for a Winning Ecommerce Strategy
– If you’re a ceramic artist or student looking for advice on career paths, check out Julia Galloway’s, “Field Guide for Ceramic Artisans.”
– To learn about Karatsu kick-wheels and traditional Japanese pottery, check out Richard Bresnahan and the St. John’s Pottery, which has been a huge inspiration to my career and pottery process. You can learn how Karatsu style pottery kick-wheels are made by reading “Body of Clay, Soul of Fire” or by reaching out to the St. John’s Pottery directly. I also use “York Kick Wheels” designed and created by Roger York. You can find the design and patent online here, but I have not found them available for sale. I suggest searching the internet or craigslist to find a York Kick Wheel, or to contact a local machinist, metal fabricator or woodworker to craft this type of wheel for you.
– Studio visits and tours are not currently possible. My pottery studio is not yet big enough for people to visit. We are planning to build a larger, public studio in the near future. Our e-mail newsletter will announce when the studio will be ready for tours. In the meantime, I suggest reaching out to Richard Bresnahan and the St. John’s Pottery, as they regularly give tours of their remarkable pottery studio.
– To view pottery in person you can visit The Local Blend in St. Joseph, MN, US. We created a mutually beneficial business model where customers eat and drink from my pottery daily, and they can also buy pottery. You can read about it in this American Craft Council blog post: “Eat, Pay, Love: A Potter’s Business Model”
– We are not currently teaching or hiring assistants, apprentices or interns other than CSB/SJU students.
Thanks again for your interest in my artwork!
Cherrico Pottery, LLC