Birthday Pots: 29 Freebies

Cool facts about the number 29:

  • The atomic number of Copper (Cu)
  • The number of years it takes the planet Saturn to orbit the Sun
  • Iowa is the 29th state in the US- I grew up in Iowa! No, I didn’t grow up on a farm¬†ūüĆĹūüĆĹ
  • My age. Today is my 29th birthday!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 29 pots, totally free. Plus, we put together a bunch of discount deals and one donation to a great¬†cause:

30% off Cosmic Bowls + one FREE World Record Planter

50% off Remaining World Record Planters

РCoupon Code: GWR50 valid through Friday.

Nuka Cobalt Vase + 50% donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital¬†with $50 starting bid.

($425 Value: $385 + $40 packing and shipping average)

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29 Free Pots Going To 9 Winners, $771.00 Value, Totally Free:

  • Sets of 4 “Cosmic Shot Cups” going out to 6 different winners ($378 value: $48 retail + $15 packing and shipping each)
  • Two “Lunar Cups” going out to two different winners ($214 value: $95¬†retail + $12 packing and shipping each)
  • World Record Planter #29: ($179 value: $159 retail + $20 packing and shipping)

Enter the Giveaway:

What was the last thing you gifted or donated to someone, and¬†why??¬†Leave a comment below before¬†this Friday¬†telling us one thing you gifted to a friend, donated to a local food shelter, non-profit organization, school, church,¬†anything!¬†We’ll pick the best 9 comments and give each winner a certain selection of the above 29 pots¬†($771.00 value) totally free.

To enter, you must leave one, genuine comment, or the moderator will not approve your comment or include you in the giveaway. Please use your PERSONAL name or initials and not your business name, as the latter comes off like spam. Please allow 24-48 hours for your comment to appear. You must also be on our email newsletter distribution list to qualify, so please make sure you are okay with receiving our email newsletter before you leave a comment. We will pick winners Friday around 2pm Central and you will receive the pottery shipped to you nearly anywhere globally, totally free.

*UPDATE 5/12: ENDED. Congrats Kristie,¬†J.B.S.,¬†Diandra, James H., Dorthy, Michael,¬†Amy, Leslie and Stephanie! You should have an email waiting in your inbox. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! I’m truly blown away by all of the kindness that all of you shared about the ways you spread generosity. Thanks again!¬†‚Äď Joel

Coupons and Giveaway Expire Friday 5/12

Please give us a couple days to pack and ship, because I plan to spend my birthday busting out a few fresh pots and guitar riffs.

“There’s something about the physicality of clay…a worthless material to most people. Contractors can’t build in it, farmers can’t grow in it. The only worth it has is what you and I give it.”

– Don Reitz, quoted in this video interview.

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ROCK! Music that makes the wheel go round.

Rock is definitely my favorite type of music to throw to. ¬†After a few hours of Red Hot Chili Peppers I just feel like I made more pottery than if I had been bobbing my head to Mr. Sunshine on my Shoulders, John Denver. ¬†I do think mellow music can be great for detail work or anything tedious. ¬†For example, when I mix and test new glazes I like some old Coldplay, like High Speed. ¬†Here’s an image from a bunch of testing that I did during my senior thesis in Spring, 2010 on the Nuka glaze:

I’ve never been a fan of tedious work that takes a lot of concentration. ¬†I’ve made tedious work even since freshman year in college, but I like to work fast. ¬†I made this one for a cardboard project in our Intro to 3D Design class. ¬†It was partly the result of a whole lot of Smashing Pumpkins.

    

In Spring 2009, I went to Northern Arizona University to see 6 artists at a 2 day workshop. Don Reitz really stood out in my head because of his style of working and because his sculptures seemed really fresh.  His process reminded me of drippy paintings by Jackson Pollock.  This is my favorite way to make artwork: fast and direct.  With Abstract Expressionism, you go with the flow and surrender to the process.

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For me, the Red Hot Chili Peppers embody this artwork in their music. ¬†Anthony Kiedis belts out catchy vocals and lyrics hidden in random sentences that would be¬†grammatical¬†nightmares. ¬† Flea’s bass lines have a huge presence in every song,¬†and they meshed perfectly with John Frusciante’s melodies and Chad Smith’s loud, fast beats- good luck finding a drummer that hits his drums harder. The band writes each song from jamming- just rockin out together and letting the music flow. ¬†With Frusciante now pursuing his solo career, he trained in little Josh Klinghoffer to live up to his legacy. ¬†After releasing their new single I’d agree with Rolling Stone that their “juicy funk-pop groove” isn’t going anywhere. ¬†I have a feeling I’ll still be throwing pottery and sculpture to the Chili Peppers for decades to come, hopefully with the same energy embodied by their music, Abstract Expressionists and my Mindscape sculptures.

Take it from Dave Grohl, drummer of Them Crooked Vultures and lead singer/guitarist of Foo Fighers.  He rocks with the best of them and knows there are few things in this world that can get you going like a heavy rock song.  Well, maybe a FRESH POT!!