Every "Cosmic Mug" is unique. Colorful glazes are inspired by images of galaxies and nebulae from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Potter Joel Cherrico worked with a factory to design mugs with remarkably complex glazes. All mugs match each other, but every individual mug has unique colors and textures. All Cosmic Mugs are 100% functional and food safe.
Low Price, High Quality
When a painter makes a one-of-a-kind painting, the original art needs to sell for a higher prices. But painters can also mass-produce prints, so more people get to experience their art for more affordable prices. This "Factory Made Cosmic Mug" is our version of a pottery print.
The reason why Joel Cherrico designed this mug was to create a version of his most popular "Handmade Spiral Cosmic Mug" that is of equality quality, but available at higher quantities and lower prices. This specific design is made in a factory in Shenzhen, China that Joel Cherrico has established a relationship with. He chose this factory because they also make pottery with a traditional "Oil Spot Black" glaze recipe, that has been used in Asia for centuries. Joel uses a slightly different Oil Spot glaze for his Handmade Spiral Cosmic Mug too. This Chinese Factory version of the "Cosmic Mug" glaze is so complex that Joel can't even duplicate it in his own pottery studio, but they are from the same family of glazes.
Every Chinese-made pot is marked on the bottom, "Made in China" directly underneath the Cherrico Pottery logo, to guarantee there is no confusion between mugs "Made in China" and mugs handcrafted by Joel Cherrico. Thank you for trusting us to explore this new project responsibly as it evolves over time, like with our decision put in extra effort to recycle nearly 100% of our packing materials.
All Cherrico Pottery, both handmade and factory made, is 100% non-toxic and mean to be used and enjoyed everyday. These mugs are made from porcelain clay, with an "oil spot" glaze in the same family of glaze as Joel Cherrico's "Handmade Spiral Cosmic Mug."
Read about the images that inspired the color pallet of this mug on the Space Telescope Science Institute website: HubbleSite.org
You can tell it's not an original Pot Man mug but its pretty. I like the gold in it. Not as heavy and solid. I like the way the original feels in my hand, the weight is comforting.