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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: and

Official Guinness World Record: “Most pots thrown in one hour by an individual”

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Key Takeaways

  • Joel beat the previous record of 150 pots, throwing 159 pots in one hour.
  • Joel is 28 years old and has spent over 10,000 hours practicing his craft on the pottery wheel.
  • Joel performed the feat on a traditional Japanese style kick wheel, instead of electric, motorized wheels used by previous record holders.
  • The event took place March 7th, 2016 at Joel’s alma mater: St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, US.
  • The record was confirmed by Guinness World Records and Joel is the official record holder.
  • Joel makes art to inspire people globally to attempt and achieve great goals.
  • Guinness World Records required the pots to be planters. Joel numbered them #1 – #159 and created trays so each planter is functional.
  • Joel made the the world record pottery available for sale for $159 each, worldwide via his online store:
  • Joel plans to give away a number of planters via his newsletter, where he and his team of student interns regularly launch pottery giveaways:

Cosmic Mugs Raised $34,099 on Kickstarter

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Cosmic Mugs: Art That Lets You Taste The Universe Everyday

We use mugs everyday, but we rarely drink from handmade artwork. These pottery mugs help us experience big ideas about art and the cosmos over a simple cup of coffee.

  • Durable: Stoneware clay is tough and meant to last a lifetime.
  • Functional: 100% non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • Earthen: Raw iron, copper and cobalt elements are harvested from the earth & fired in a kiln to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit. Colors are sealed in silica glaze for non-toxic, food-safe surfaces.
  • Handcrafted: I form each pot with a lump of clay on a pottery kick-wheel.
  • Complex: Every mug is brushed with up to five different glaze combinations that come from custom glaze chemical recipes.
  • One of a Kind: Each firing results in glazes that I can never duplicate exactly.

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A Cosmic Glimpse…

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Each pot starts as a lump of Stoneware clay on a pottery kick-wheel.


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Colors come from earth materials that are mixed with water and brushed onto each pot. Glazes are sealed by firing mugs to 2400 F. in a kiln, creating hard, colorful surfaces.

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Key Takeaways

  • Cosmic Mugs raised $34,099 on Kickstarter, November – December 2015.
  • Cosmic Mugs are made by potter and entrepreneur Joel Cherrico who saw an opportunity to create functional artwork inspired by space and the cosmos.
  • Cosmic Mugs allow you to experience big ideas about art and science over a cup of coffee.
  • Cosmic Mugs are durable, meant for use daily and can last a lifetime.
  • Cosmic Mugs are 100% non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • Cosmic Mugs feature gorgeous, abstract glazes that can never be duplicated exactly.
  • Cosmic Mugs help unite art and science by reminding us that the exact same materials in coffee mugs are in galaxies out in space.



“I will definitely use and admire what you’ve sent. I’m gratified to be able to inspire the same enthusiasm for the universe, as I have.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson,

“Many of our staff will get to enjoy it. This is the first of its kind.”

– Tracy Lamb, Office of Public Outreach, Space Telescope Science Institute,


– Bryan Callen, actor, comedian,

“Cherrico explains his creative process and reveals himself to be the exact kind of delightful human you’d want making the mugs that will be sitting in your kitchen over the next few years.”

– Claire Hannum,

“It is quite gratifying that you have been inspired so much by the images of the cosmos from Hubble to incorporate the imagery and ideas into your art.  I am greatly impressed by your ceramic artwork.”

– Zolt Levay, Senior Image Processing Specialist, Space Telescope Science Institute,


Copyright for pottery images: Cherrico Pottery, LLC, 2015

Copyright for Hubble Space Telescope Images of the NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the Planetary Nebula NGC 5189, and the Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25: Space Telescope Science Institute,