Cosmic Mugs are a series of handmade pottery mugs with abstract glazes inspired by images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Read more
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About this project
Cosmic Mugs are:
- Durable: Stoneware pottery is very hard and meant to last a lifetime.
- Functional: 100% non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Handcrafted: I make each pot from a lump of Stoneware clay on a pottery wheel. I create consistent shapes that hold a medium cup of coffee, about 15-17 ounces.
- Complex: Every mug is brushed with up to six different glaze colors.
- Earthen: Raw iron, copper and cobalt are harvested from the earth & fired in a kiln to 2400 degrees F to seal colors with silica glaze for non-toxic, food-safe surfaces.
- One of a Kind: Each firing results in glazes that I can never duplicate exactly.
Why buy a Cosmic Mug?
- You're helping me build a pottery studio. You're giving me a proper space to create thought provoking artwork inspired by innovation in science and technology.
- You're creating jobs. Since graduating from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University in 2010 as an Art major, I stayed in town to operate a full-time pottery business. Eight student interns have worked with me over the past four years. Your money is letting me mentor them and pay them a fair wage so our team can work together to market and create more pottery.
- You save money by getting special Kickstarter pricing on my newest artwork, while investing in my future as a professional artist.
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I believe that handmade pottery enriches people’s lives. The word “cosmic” describes outer space, but the “cosmos” describes what is all around us. Cosmic Mugs remind us that the elements from the stars are the exact same as elements that make up things in our daily lives. I create gorgeous, abstract glazes made from copper, cobalt and iron to reference galaxies and nebulae. I hope to communicate profound ideas about our place in the universe over a cup of coffee.
Each Cosmic Mug is unique and can never be duplicated exactly, but I can create pottery consistently enough to ensure that the mugs hold about a medium cup of coffee- roughly 15-17 ounces.
Risks and challenges
I can consistently create Cosmic Mugs, but I'm making pottery in an old quonset hut with a leaky roof. Your support will let me build a proper pottery studio by fixing the roof, installing a sink, running water, insulation, a heater and buying a larger kiln. That way, I won't have to worry about my glaze buckets freezing into ice blocks every winter in frigid Minnesnowta.
I've also mentored eight student interns over the past four years, but never been able to pay them more than a small stipend and a big box of pots. Your support will let me pay them a reasonable wage.
Copyright for Hubble Space Telescope Images of the NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25 and the Planetary Nebula NGC 5189: Space Telescope Science Institute, www.hubblesite.org
Copyright for content and photography: Cherrico Pottery, LLC 2015. Photographers include Jillian Birkholz, Marissa Deml and Megan McKeehan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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