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.
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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:

70% Off Random Cosmic Mugs Back By Popular Demand

$25 Random Cosmic Mugs Are Back

You heard it first: Joel will release another 50 Cosmic Mugs on the 70% off random sale today. Get yours before they sell out again!


Also keep an eye on Cherrico Pottery’s Facebook as Joel will have TWO special live streams running today: unloading the fresh Cosmic Mugs from the kiln and throwing more pottery. You’ve shown your love for them, so we’ll deliver!

**Pssssst: He has already given away two free Cosmic Mugs to viewers of the live streams, so be on the lookout for a chance to win your own!**

Facebook Live Streams

A big thanks to all of you for showing your love and support on Joel’s Facebook Live Streams. It has been a wonderful forum for answering questions and getting feedback from you. These also allow him to spend less time in the office and more time doing what he loves in the studio.

Cherrico Pottery would not be where it is today without each and every one of you, so thank you for your continued support of our team.

Cherrico Pottery Shipping Cosmic Mugs and Glazing

Cosmic Guinness World Record Planters

There is even more excitement for Cherrico Pottery on the horizon: the sale of Guinness World Record Planters! Joel just finished firing a limited run of the planters in that Cosmic glaze you love, and they are STELLAR! Stay tuned for more info about the future sales of all planters in our upcoming newsletters.


“Craft revolves around the maker, and having some relationship with him or her is one of its joys.”

– Monica Moses, “Turn Style,” American Craft Council, July 20, 2014.

Photography by Nicole Pederson and Julia Eckart, Cherrico Pottery, LLC.

Cosmic Friday: Five Free Mugs, Studio Shot & One Cool Quote

As new mugs emerge from the kiln fire, I decided to launch this new “Cosmic Mug Giveaway” to give all of you more chances to win free cosmic mugs before they become available for sale:

Five Free Cosmic Mugs

If you’re dying to get your hands on a Cosmic Mug, I have just one more jewel available in my online store here. Feel free to use this 20% off coupon code as a thanks for subscribing to my email newsletter: COSMIC20

Stay tuned for a HUGE body of cosmic pottery available at even further discounted prices in just a few weeks, ready in time for Christmas delivery.

Studio Shot

Cherrico Pottery throwing pottery

“The challenge is to do the thing you have to do because you’re in love with it and can’t do anything else. Not because you want to become famous or rich, but because you will be unhappy if you can’t do it…Keeping up with fashion is the wrong challenge.”

Warren MacKenzie, qtd. in The Studio Potter Journal, 1990

A-Potters-Journey-Magazine-Mug, Warren Mackenzie

This photo features Warren Mackenzie on the cover of American Craft, and was used in my authorship for “A Potter’s Journey: The Search for 1,000 True Fans.” 


American Craft Council, “A Potter’s Journey: Launching a Pottery Business Venture and Fighting to Keep it Alive”

This is the fifth post in a series entitled, “A Potter’s Journey” for American Craft Council’s website. This post tells the story of launching my pottery business venture immediately after college graduation, as well as the trials and tribulations that I overcame during the first 3 years of business:

“A Potter’s Journey: Launching a Pottery Business Venture and Fighting to Keep it Alive”

American Craft Council, Cherrico Pottery, A Potter's Journey, Handmade Ceramic Pottery, 2014

Check back for my newest pottery, available in my online store December 1st:

Image 5, Handmade Ceramic Pottery, mug, Cherrico Pottery, Online Christmas Sale, 2014

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Image 2, Handmade Ceramic Pottery, mug, Cherrico Pottery, Online Christmas Sale, 2014