Taste The Universe In Every Sip with These Amazing Cosmic Mugs

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Potter Joel Cherrico is the man who creates Cosmic Mugs. Instead of opting for a store-bought and bland coffee mug, just like everyone has, you can taste the universe in every sip, just by drinking out of one of these mugs. The mugs themselves, as well as everything around us is made out of star dust and Joel Cherrico want to bring this forth.

For every mug, he uses the universe as inspiration, tacking different galaxies or nebulae to draw inspiration from. No two mugs are the same, not even if he wanted to.

COSMIC MUG in front of to the Planetary Nebula NGC 5189, www.hubblesite.org.
COSMIC MUG in front of to the Planetary Nebula NGC 5189, www.hubblesite.org.

Now he’s looking to bring “the cosmos in a cup” to as many people as possible by expanding his business through Kickstarter. By expanding we don’t mean mechanization since he’ll still be doing each mug by hand and in an unique way. He’ll be looking for a new studio, one that doesn’t leak from the ceiling and has enough natural light.

Cosmic Mug detail, next to the Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25, www.hubblesite.org
Cosmic Mug detail, next to the Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25, www.hubblesite.org

Here are some points to each mug:

  • 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.

While each mug is made by following a different heavenly body, it can be safe to say that Joel Cherrico has his work cut out for him since, you know, the universe is pretty big.

Cosmic Mugs inspired by the Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (detail) www.hubblesite.org
Cosmic Mugs inspired by the Star Cluster NGC 2074 in the Large Magellanic Cloud (detail) www.hubblesite.org
Cosmic Mugs and Brochures
The first Cosmic Vase, a smaller version of the 8-10 inch tall, orb shaped vases I am creating. It is shown in front of the Planetary Nebula NGC 5189, www.hubblesite.org.
The first Cosmic Serving Bowl, a slightly smaller version of the 12-14 inch wide bowls I am creating. It is shown in front of the Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25, www.hubblesite.org.
The first Cosmic Serving Bowl, a slightly smaller version of the 12-14 inch wide bowls I am creating. It is shown in front of the Galactic Spectacle STScI-2010-25, www.hubblesite.org.
The first Cosmic Platter. This is a smaller version of the 25+ pound wall platters I am creating for the highest reward level.
The first Cosmic Platter. This is a smaller version of the 25+ pound wall platters I am creating for the highest reward level.