3 Pieces of Advice from an Astronaut, an Astrophysicist and an Author

As we close in on the $25,000 Kickstarter goal with over two weeks left in the campaign, it looks like many of you will also be celebrating a cosmic Christmas! Thank you so much for making this project a success! If you’re still interested in a piece of pottery for the Holidays, I urge you to please back our Kickstarter soon, as pots for Christmas delivery have begun to sell out:

Cosmic Mug Kickstarter

Pots are piling up in the studio, but I’ve tried to find time to continue blogging. Here are three studio shots of the pottery I’m creating for all of you, as well as three pieces of advice from people who inspire my artwork.

Cherrico Pottery, Cosmic Studio Shot Cup and Serving Bowl in Process

Throwing Cosmic Mugs, Thumbs Up

“If you’re really observing and trying to learn, rather than seeking to impress, you may actually get the chance to do something useful.”

– Col. Chris Hadfield, Astronaut, qtd. in, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth”

 Photograph official portrait of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in EMU suit. Photo Date: July 19, 2011. Location: Building 8, Room 183 - Photo Studio. Photographer: Robert Markowitz

“Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, qtd. in The Huffington Post: “What Science Is — and How and Why it Works”


So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom. And if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise and then just behave like they would.

– Neil Gaiman, qtd. in The Best Commencement Speech You Many Ever Hear


5 Cosmic Pots Bundled Together and a Cosmic Gift from a Monk

After figuring out how to create a new type of cosmic pottery that is so much smaller, faster and easier to create than Cosmic Mugs, I’ve found another way for all of you to get an even better deal on a set of cosmic pottery:

$69 Cosmic Mug + Set of Four Cups on Kickstarter

So many of you seem to love the new “Cosmic Cup” listing, so I decided to work more hours and make just a few for the Holidays. Only 100 will be available, as Christmas delivery is closing in and I’ve got lots of pots to finish. A few $25 Cosmic Cup sets are also available. Enjoy!

Cosmic Shot Cups, Image 2, Cherrico Pottery

7, Image Pair, High

The gift from the monk was for me, not for you! One of my favorite Art Professors from college, Brother David Paul, gifted me a sweet, cosmic wallet. It’s in the same style as the “Molecular Cloud Cluster” that has taken over my website. This is just one more example of how generous all of you have been throughout this project. Whether buying a set of Cosmic Mugs, simply showing a friend or sending an awesome gift like this, I truly appreciate every bit of positive energy all of you have sent my way.

Cosmic Wallet Gift from a Monk
This quote and video below might help communicate how incredibly thankful I am for all of your support throughout this Kickstarter:

“There’s no separating your work as an artist and your life and your spirit and what is holy about it.

– Nick Offerman, Actor, Author, Woodworker, quoted in this YouTube video


$25 Cosmic Cup Sets

Support for the Kickstarter has been great! Everyone seems to love the cosmic glaze colors, but I completely understand not everyone can afford a Cosmic Mug right now. As a thanks for all of your financial backing, social media sharing and positive thoughts, I decided to add a more affordable reward level:

$25 Cosmic Cups, Sets of Four, LIVE on Kickstarter

300 sets of four Cosmic Shot Cups (that’s 1,200 tiny cups- WOAH!) are now available through Kickstarter. It will take me a while to deliver them (it’s tough to make a living by hand-making thousands of low priced pots) but more cosmic pots are getting into the hands of more people globally, and that’s a worthy goal. Because these tiny cups are so much smaller, faster and easier to create than Cosmic Mugs, even more people can now get a great deal on a set of cosmic pottery. I’m also happy to announce that we passed our halfway funding goal in less than a week! I’m so grateful for all of your support.

Cosmic Cups, Set of Four Shot Cups, Cherrico Pottery, 2015

Here’s a cool quote by Neil Gaiman on creativity and goal setting, from The Best Commencement Speech You Many Ever Hear

“…imaging that was a mountain, a distant mountain, my goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain, I’d be alright.

– Neil Gaiman, Author


Each pot is brushed with a line drawing that represents a Rocky Mountain landscape.

Mountain Signature

Ever since I was young, mountains affected me powerfully. I think of them as gigantic sculptures made by nature. Mountains also represent ambition. The idea of reaching the summit of a mountain motivates me to pursue great goals with my artwork. I shot this photo at over 12,000 ft. from the top of Copper Mountain, Colorado, US.

Jacques-Peak, Cherrico Pottery Signature Inspiration, Compressed

Kickstarter Staff Pick: Cosmic Mugs Available for the Holidays

Thanks so much to everyone who backed Cosmic Mugs so far! We raised over $10,000 in just a few days. WOW! That’s enough to install a studio furnace, insulation in the studio walls and to cover all costs of utilities to keep my clay and glazes from freezing this winter. I’m so grateful for all of your support.

$49 Cosmic Mugs: LIVE on Kickstarter

Kickstarter also chose Cosmic Mugs as a Staff Pick! This means our project could be featured to millions of people on Kickstarter’s homepage and social media!

Chris Hadfield, Card and Cosmic Mug and Planetary Nebula Above, Cherrico Pottery, 2015

This card was from Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who wrote me an incredibly humble, inspiring letter after I sent him a Cosmic Mug. You might recognize him from his YouTube performance of David Bowie’s, “Space Oddity” recorded on board the International Space Station. I want to share his words of wisdom with you, because it’s great advice that all of you can apply to your own lives. Colonel Hadfield said,

“I wish you all my very best as you pursue your most distant of dreams while celebrating the joys and victories of each day.”

 Col. Chris Hadfield, Astronaut