Momentous Pottery Giveaways Inspired by NASA

July 20th, 1969 was when humans first set foot on the Moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (who owns a Cosmic Mug thanks to our friend Stacey at StarTalk) is 87 years young and he’s STILL active on Instagram, reminiscing about the experience:

Joel studies astronauts because it inspires him to filter ideas into is artwork, towards achieving greatness. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Col. Chris Hadfield both have Guinness World Records titles. Both directly inspired Joel to attempt and achieve the title for, ‘most pots thrown in one hour by an individual.’

Astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield also let us send him a Cosmic Mug. In his book, “An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth” Hadfiled tells how his childhood dream was to walk on the moon. That goal wasn’t reached, but it put him on a path towards successfully becoming an astronaut and achieving his Guinness World Records title for ‘first music video filmed in space.’ Joel studied Hadfield’s work, sent him a Cosmic Mug and got an inspiring letter in return. He said:

We also send free pots to other astronauts occasionally, like Lt. Col. Mark Vande Hei who graduated from Joel’s alma mater CSB/SJU. He is in line for a trip to the International Space Station.

Not the best photo, but hey…that’s a NASA Astronaut enjoying a Cosmic Mug!

“Why climb the highest mountain? … We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills…”

– John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962

Entrepreneurship is one skill that has many of the same core values that propelled the United States to the moon. Entrepreneurs are required to spend years overcoming failures and striving towards success. You can learn how Joel launched and sustained his pottery business immediately after college graduation in this eight part authorship series for American Craft Council:

A Potter’s Journey: The Beginning


Momentous Pottery Giveaways

Houston, we have liftoff! Here’s what you need to know:

If they’re sold out or too expensive for you, don’t worry! Here is another awesome giveaway we just launched, totally free:

Free Giveaway: $680 in Free Cosmic Mugs

  • Cosmic Mug and Moon Mug Giveaway, totally free: $680 in free pottery.
  • Enter for free by simply entering your email.

Joel will also be releasing more pottery later this month: Cosmic Mugs, including $79 Random Cosmic Mugs and $49 Flawed Cosmic Mugs, before August. Stay tuned to the newsletter to get notified about availability first:

42 Replies to “Momentous Pottery Giveaways Inspired by NASA”

  1. Your work is very good, I would be honored to have one of your mugs and one of your vases or bowls. Even if it’s flawed it’s still Beauty.

  2. Your pottery is absolutely inspiring and unique thanks for sharing your amazing creations to the world 💯😀🌌

  3. I purchased a mug from you years ago at the St Joe Farmer’s Market that is still one of my favorites 🙂 It’s so great to see how your creativity has evolved and the success you’ve found!! Keep up the fabulous work!

  4. It’s wonderful that you have these contests from time-to-time! I love your pottery style, and the glazing techniques you use bring out the most gorgeous hues of color. I especially love colors on the Cosmic mugs, as well as the craters in the Lunar mugs – so much realism there…. Keep creating and inspiring us! One day I will hopefully have enough to buy a few of your pieces!

  5. Your pottery is amazing! I love watching your videos and would love to win a mug. One day I’ll be able to afford one but until then I keep trying at your giveaways.

  6. I love your pottery, the glazes are the best. I collect mugs and would love to add one to my collection. Not able to afford the price, they are worth it though.

  7. Your work is awesome Joel. I’ve seen pottery before,but your style is out of this world 🌎I enjoy watching you on fb.So relaxing.You make it look so easy. Please keep it up Sir.

  8. Hi, your work is amazing. I’ve always wanted to try pottery. I live in mid Wales & have found a place near by (Elan Valley) that does 2 day course’s. Finding your page has inspired me to follow my heart & sign up asap.
    I’m a single mum of 4 just turned 39 & have felt like something is missing that I’d like to do for myself for a year or so now. Pottery looks therapeutic but also physical & for filling in many ways, body & mind.
    I’m hoping it’s not an expensive hobbie!! Can not wait to have a go.
    Wow so glad I woke now & stumbled across your work on fb higher perspective.
    Thank you,
    Ellie 😊❤

  9. Hi Joel. This is Blanca Guerrero from Saint Anthony Idaho. Thank you for inspiring my 12 year old want to be NAVY pilot and I. I appreciate Art like you have no idea. My son is in art class with the Idaho Art Lab. Art is very important for our family. If you randomly choose me for your give a way I thank you in advance. Thank you Joel for sharing what you do best.

  10. I time warped about 45 min watching you unload new pieces from kiln. I was supposed to be moving boxes… Each one was gorgeous!

  11. I’m leaving my email, please enter me in the $680 giveaway posted. Thank you!!! Love your work, and it’s worth every penny!

  12. Your live feed just appeared one evening after a hectic day. I was out sitting in my hammock chillin and there was Cherico!!
    Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us all. You definitely made my soul feel light and full! You are a joy to watch. Thank you all the way from UTAH!

  13. Just wanted to let you know that I read An Astronaut’s Guide on your recommendation and loved it so much! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I would love and be blessed to win a product of your talent!!! I appreciate you taking time to show the work it takes to throw pottery. Actually hoping one day to have a kick wheel and learn how to make a variety of cups, bowls, vases, and mugs. I am a huge fan!! God bless!!

  15. I have fallen asleep watching you throw mugs and listening to the music. Mesmerizing! Beautiful work! ✨

  16. Hi Joel, I love the work that you do. You are truly blessed being able to make a living doing what you love to do! Blessed with a talent and sharing the art with all of us. Don’t stop what you are doing you do it well!

  17. I have bought a few different mugs from u including the nuka mugs. Love watching u and love the mugs I got. Great work and ur vases are awesome.

  18. I been watching you for a while now from UK. Love your work & creative work ethic. Beautiful art along with great music. Can”t go wrong.

  19. You are such an inspiration. Not only in your art talent but your whole process. One doesn’t stop and think how long it takes a make a piece of art.
    I always look forward to your live shows and watch your create. I’ve learned so much in regards to pottery.
    Also very relaxing.
    Much love.

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