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The Sotapitcher is a pint-sized, multi-purpose ceramic mug shaped like the state of Minnesota. Handmade in Red Wing, MN.
The Sotapitcher is a pint-sized, multi-purpose ceramic mug shaped like the state of Minnesota. Handmade in Red Wing, MN.
193 backers pledged $7,209 to help bring this project to life.

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Bottom of 16oz Sotapitcher
Bottom of 16oz Sotapitcher

For years, people have commemorated the state of Minnesota in a variety of creative and unique ways - but something's missing. If you look at the shape of Minnesota, you will see that it shares many of the same characteristics as a pitcher - a flat bottom, a pointed spout - simply add a handle to the west border and you have a pitcher or better yet, a multi-purpose mug!

That's why we created the patent-pending Sotapitcher - a ceramic mug shaped just like the state of Minnesota. After working for months developing prototypes and refining the design, we have partnered with the iconic Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware, to create the 16oz Sotapitcher and 1oz Sotashot (Pictures Below). 

Use the Sotapitcher to:

Enjoy your favorite Minnesota craft brew  

Pour gravy or syrup

Enjoy a large cup of coffee/latte

Decorate your home

Since 1877, Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware has been a premiere ceramics maker.  With a reputation for quality and excellence, Red Wing products are sought after and highly collectible.  With their deep-rooted Minnesota history, having made everything from the “Little Brown Jug” to "home plates" for the 1965 All Star Game, we are uniquely positioned to introduce the Sotapitcher to Minnesotans everywhere. 

We need your help to create the numerous molds required to manufacture the handle version of these one-of-a-kind pieces. By giving Minnesotans an opportunity to support its creation, the Sotapitcher will truly be a product made by Minnesotans, for Minnesotans.

Historic Red Wing, Minnesota
Historic Red Wing, Minnesota


The Flagship SotaShot! ($13.99 + $5.01 Shipping)
The Flagship SotaShot! ($13.99 + $5.01 Shipping)
($27.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
($27.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
The Flagship Sotapitcher! ($29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
The Flagship Sotapitcher! ($29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
Picture does not include handle - but with your help, we will add a handle to this LOVEly mug! ($29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
Picture does not include handle - but with your help, we will add a handle to this LOVEly mug! ($29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
Special Limited Edition Finnegans Sotapitcher! The prototype photographed does not include a handle, but if we can meet our goal, the final version will include a handle as pictured in the flagship version!(29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
Special Limited Edition Finnegans Sotapitcher! The prototype photographed does not include a handle, but if we can meet our goal, the final version will include a handle as pictured in the flagship version!(29.99 + $7.01 Shipping)
Picture does not show handle. But with your help, we will be able to make them with a handle!
Picture does not show handle. But with your help, we will be able to make them with a handle!

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We have refined and finalized a prototype of the non-handled 16oz sotapitcher and 1oz Sotashot. After producing a number of molds we have produced our first mini production run. In order to manufacture the handled 16oz Sotapitchers, we need to develop a master mold that will be used to make subsequent plaster pouring molds that will create each individual Sotapitcher. 

By working with Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware, we are able to leverage their immense industry, production, and operational knowledge. They have been in the business since the late -1800's and have worked with a number of molds to manufacture various drinking vessels with handles. Since we have already gone through the process of creating a non-handled master mold and a number of plaster pouring molds, applying this methodology to the handled version should be pretty straightforward. Below is our estimated production timeline - please reference the Risks and Challenges section for information on factors that could push our estimated timeline back. 

Estimated timeline:

  • August 8: Kickstarter Campaign Ends

  • Late August: 3D Prototypes, 1oz Sotashot & Early Bird 16oz No-Handle Sotapitcher fulfillment begins

  • Mid-September: 16oz Handle Sotapitcher fulfilment begins

  • Early October:  Hand-painted versions fulfillment begins

Interested in how the Sotapitcher is made? Look for an update midway through our campaign, where we will outline each step in the process.

Evolution of the Sotapitcher

Although the idea for the Sotapitcher came in July 2013, the product did not gain traction until I presented the idea to Start Up Weekend Twin Cities 5. Over that weekend, local Minnesota entrepreneurs came together to share ideas and build products in one weekend. The team that formed around the Sotapitcher was instrumental in bringing out ideas, creating working prototypes, and setting the course for the development of the Sotapitcher. Below, you will see the evolution of the Sotapitcher from that weekend.

Startup Weekend Twin Cities Team Members: (Left to Right) TOP: Eric Darling, Zach Meierhofer, Ryan Nelson, Eric Menze, Doug Thorpe BOTTOM: Matt McVeigh, Kyle Ronning
Startup Weekend Twin Cities Team Members: (Left to Right) TOP: Eric Darling, Zach Meierhofer, Ryan Nelson, Eric Menze, Doug Thorpe BOTTOM: Matt McVeigh, Kyle Ronning
Creating 3D initial Designs
Creating 3D initial Designs
Using Makerbot 3D Printer to make Prototypes
Using Makerbot 3D Printer to make Prototypes
Initial 3D Printing Prototying
Initial 3D Printing Prototying
Improved 3D Printed Prototype
Improved 3D Printed Prototype
Clear Plastic Pitcher using laser cut plexiglass. It leaked, so Doug filled every opening using a hot glue gun.
Clear Plastic Pitcher using laser cut plexiglass. It leaked, so Doug filled every opening using a hot glue gun.
Laser cut cardboard pitcher and hand cut cardboard stein.
Laser cut cardboard pitcher and hand cut cardboard stein.

Special thanks to:

Karl Noelle for all the hard work surrounding the graphic design, branding, and filming, editing and re-editing of the Kickstarter Video.

Matt McVeigh for the incredible Sotapitcher logo designs.

My good friend Kyle Ronning for coming up with the idea for a mug shaped like Minnesota, and allowing me to pursue it.

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges to our project is shipping - shipping ceramic requires special care and additional packaging.

One risk to our project is receiving significantly more orders than we projected. If that is the case, we will need to push back the delivery date of rewards for subsequent orders. We will be sure to keep everyone up-to-date as our Kickstarter campaign progresses.

Another challenge is the humidity that Minnesota has been experiencing due to the recent rain. Humidity can significantly slow stoneware drying time and may lead to delays in fulfillment if our campaign is over subscribed. This should not be an issue if we simply reach our goal.

Finally, as with any manufacturing process, there is the small risk of equipment breaking down and other issues that could arise, resulting in unforeseen delays in production of the Sotapitcher. Given Red Wing Pottery & Stoneware's commitment to quality products and their deep industry knowledge and expertise, this risk should be fairly minimal.

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    Thanks for your MN Nice support - we will provide project updates, ya betcha!

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    Limited Edition - 2 inch tall 3D printed original prototype of the Sotapitcher. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    1oz SOTASHOT - BLUE WITH HEART:

    Blue glazed ceramic shot glass in the shape of MN, with a heart over the Twin Cities. Each piece will be stamped 1st edition and individually numbered. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    1oz “nice.” SOTASHOT: Clear Glazed ceramic shot glass in the shape of MN, with “nice.” decal. Each piece will be stamped 1st edition and individually numbered. (Price includes shipping - $13.99 + $5.01 Shipping)

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    EARLY BIRD: 16oz SOTAPITCHER BLUE WITH HEART (NO HANDLE):

    Blue Glazed ceramic mug in the shape of MN, with Heart over the Twin Cities. Each piece will be stamped 1st edition and individually numbered 1-25. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    EARLY BIRD: 16oz SOTAPITCHER WITH LOGO (HANDLE):

    Clear Glazed ceramic mug in the shape of MN, with Sotapitcher logo across the front. Each piece will be stamped 1st edition and individually numbered 1-25. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    16oz SOTAPITCHER WITH LOGO (HANDLE):

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    16oz FINNEGANS SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION SOTAPITCHER (Handle) - Clear glazed ceramic mug in the shape of MN, with Finnegans logo on front. We wanted to feature Finnegans for the wonderful work they are doing in our home state.Each piece will be stamped 1st edition and individually numbered 1-25. (Price Includes shipping - $29.99 + $7.01 shipping)

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    PICK ONE SOTASHOT & ONE 16oz SOTAPITCHER (with or without handle | excludes custom hand painted) Makes a great gift to your family or friends in Wyoming/Colorado/Wisconsin!

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    CUSTOM HAND PAINTED LADYSLIPPER 16oz SOTAPITCHER (NO HANDLE): Clear glazed ceramic mug in the shape of MN with Hand Painted Ladyslipper by local MN Ceramic artist, Denise Morris. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    CUSTOM HAND PAINTED LAKE SCENE 16oz SOTAPITCHER (NO HANDLE): Clear glazed ceramic mug in the shape of MN with Hand Painted Lake Scene by local MN Ceramic artist, Paul Morris. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    PICK ANY TWO 16oz SOTAPITCHERS (with or without handles | excludes custom hand painted) Makes a great gift to your family or friends in Wyoming/Colorado/Wisconsin!

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    16oz PROTOTYPE AUTOGRAPHED BY TWINS PLAYER BRIAN DOZIER - Prototype made, glazed and decorated by local MN Ceramic artist, Paul Morris. (FREE SHIPPING)

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    FIRST 16OZ PROTOTYPE AUTOGRAPHED BY WILD PLAYERS MATT COOKE & KEITH BALLARD: This is the original prototype that was used in the Kickstarter Video. Prototype made, glazed and decorated by local MN Ceramic artist, Paul Morris. (FREE SHIPPING)

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