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.
“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:
Momentous Pottery Giveaways
Houston, we have liftoff! Here’s what you need to know:
- ENDED* WINNERS ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL* $1,089 value: 2 Cosmic Bowls, 2 Lunar Cups, one Mountain Mug and one World Record Planter.
- GUARANTEED 1 in 9 chance of winning or better!
- 50 maximum entries, 6 total winners, chosen randomly
- Ending 11:59pm Central, Wednesday July 26th, 2017
- Reserved for anyone who purchases one of our newest Cosmic Mugs
- 1 mug = 1 entry. Buy more mugs and you get more entries.
If they’re sold out or too expensive for you, don’t worry! Here is another awesome giveaway we just launched, totally free:
- 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: