Mugs, Mountains and A World Record Attempt

ALL Kickstarter pottery shipped worldwide to over 15 countries! COOL!

Image 2, Cherrico Pottery Packing and shipping, Cosmic Mug, USPS Post Office Pottery

Ready for new types of cosmic and mountain pottery? I’m back in the studio busing out new art. Here’s a snippet of the best Instagram pics of new pots:

Image 3, Cherrico Pottery Mountain Pottery, Mountain Cups
Image 4, Cosmic Pottery, Asteroid and Moon mugs and cups, Cherrico Pottery, 2016

New pots will all be available when our new online store opens in just a few weeks. Our email newsletter will announce when all pottery is available, as well as offer you discount coupons for the new pottery.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy training for the pottery Guinness World Record. The record for “most pots thrown in one hour by an individual” is 150.

This Monday, March 7th, 9-10pm CST is my first attempt at Brother Willie’s Pub, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, US. Can’t be there? Download the Periscope App on your smartphone or tablet, follow @cherricopottery and watch it live! DISCLAIMER: It’s just a first attempt, I definitely might fail…but we could also make history.

Image 5, Cherrico Pottery Guinness World Record Attempt, Most Pots Thrown in one hour by an individual, pottery world record

After we got to the moon, we didn’t keep advancing a space frontier. You’ve got to keep advancing a frontier and then there is a new headline to report on. Not, ‘Astronauts go to the moon, again.’

– Neil deGrasse Tyson, qtd. in StarTalk Radio, “Cosmic Queries: Colonizing Mars with Bas Lansdorp”

Tyson_-_Apollo_40th_anniversary_2009

Photo credit: photographer Caitlin Brutger, statistician Carson Sievert and potter Ciro Di Ruocco.

New Pottery: Cosmic Ambitions, Japanese Traditions

The first Moon mugs and asteroid cups have emerged from the kiln…

Moon Mug and Asteroid Cup, Cherrico Pottery

Plus, remaining Kickstarter pottery has been thrown. Most pots are glazed and ready to fire, but I must procrastinate for just a couple more weeks. I was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Japan to visit traditional pottery studios, Tokyo galleries and Mount Fuji- all before building my own studio.

Renowned potter Shiho Kanzaki is welcoming us in for a tour of his studio. We’re also visiting Mashiko– a famous town of over 20,000 people who are mostly potters!

New Pottery: Online Store Revamp

We hired skilled photographer Julia Echart to redesign our online store. In 2-3 weeks, we will have a new body of artwork on our gorgeous, new website, with discount coupons given only through this email newsletter. 

Detail Shot, Cosmic Mug, Photo by Julia Eckart, Cherrico Pottery
Photo by Julia Eckart

Thanks so much for following along! We’re excited to build a new pottery studio this summer, inspired by historical Japanese studios. Check out the links below if you want to learn more about how Japanese pottery techniques inspired my career over the past 10 years.

Links:

Learn about my version of the Japanese Nuka glaze.

Learn how Japanese wood fired pottery inspires my art.

Learn about historical wood firing techniques that we practiced in the College of St. Benedict wood kiln.

Kickstarter Pottery in Process

Cosmic Mug Processs Shot, Cherrico Pottery

My Japanese Tools and Techniques

Japanese Pottery Techniques, Cherrico Pottery

Mount Fuji Mugs (Available Soon)

Dual Image for Emails, Mount Fuji Mug, Cherrico Pottery

“When you try to be good, you look like someone trying to be good, and the result is that no one believes in you. The problem is to deal with these things without becoming hyper conscious or over intellectual…The challenge is to do the thing you have to do because you’re in love with it and can’t do anything else.”

– Warren Mackenzie, potter, qtd. in the 1990 issue of The Studio Potter, told by Gerry Williams, editor of The Studio Potter Journal.

The Next Generation: Asteroid Cups and Meteorite Mugs

Just in case you don’t follow our Instagram, here are some pics of the newest cosmic pots I’ve been busting out, including Asteroid Cups and Meteorite Mugs:

Asteroid Cup, Meteorite Mug, Image 2, Cherrico Pottery, 2016

We will be stocking our online store with this new type of pottery soon, as well as offering coupons for everyone on the email newsletter list.

Our Kickstarter is way ahead of schedule! All Kickstarter pottery should ship next week. Whether you backed the project or simply gave us a “like” on Facebook, I really appreciate all of your support!

Last Call: $49 Cosmic Mugs (25 available)

Since all Cosmic Mugs and other pottery must return to full retail prices in February ($85 per mug + $15 average packing and shipping), I wanted to offer all of you just one more chance to get Cosmic Mugs at a huge discount. This link gives all of you another opportunity to get the lowest possible pricing on just a few more Cosmic Mugs:

The Last Batch of $49 Cosmic Mugs
(25 available)

What should I make next? This is your chance to request pottery. I get requests almost daily and can’t promise everything will get made, but I wanted to give all of you first priority. I’m getting back to the pottery wheel and would love to hear about any pottery you might enjoy owning:

Pottery Commission Requests

A new pottery studio can’t be built until our lease ends this summer. In the meantime, I’m making new types of cosmic pottery, researching world class pottery studios and practicing to challenge the Guinness World Record in pottery. Stay tuned!

Amtrak and Mountain, Photos by Cherrico Pottery

“Why do people climb the mountain? Because it’s there.”

– Random thought from Dave, a gentleman we met on the Amtrack during my yearly trip to the Rockies.

Mountain Mug, Cherrico Pottery, LLC, Copper Mt. CO