Sarah (Saltstone Ceramics Owner and Creative Director) and Steve (Mug Madness Tournament Director) will set up on Instagram with all 64 Mug Madness mugs, the alternates, juror mugs from Michelle Ettrick and Chris Hosbach, Sarah's Spirit Squad, and all the other fantastic pottery in the gallery.... we figure that we'll have at least 200 gorgeous, unique mugs in the store with us!
Get a close look at the mugs, ask us questions, and enjoy the anticipation before Mug Madness kicks off on March 1st. Who do you think will take the crown and the $500 prize? Will the Mug Madness Champion come from Team Michelle or Team Chris? And what kind of the handle really is the most comfortable?
The Preview Sale
But this is more than just a party: it's a fundraiser for POT LA!
Here's how it works: all the mugs will be available for purchase to the general public starting at 9am on Monday, March 1st. But if you want to get an early crack at the gorgeous Mug Madness collection, you can buy a preview ticket.
100% of all preview ticket sales will be donated directly to POT LA: a full-service pottery studio owned and operated by people of color. Their focus is to serve the needs of the BIPOC pottery community in Los Angeles, and (like all pottery studios), the pandemic has hit them particularly hard. We're proud to support POT LA as part of our mutual mission to grow and diversify the pottery community.
There are three tiers of preview tickets available, depending on how badly you want the mug of your dreams:
Tier One: $100
Only three Tier One tickets will be available! With a Tier One ticket, you'll be able to shop the entire collection of mugs before the rest of the crowd. Tier One Access starts on Sunday, February 28th at 6pm.
Tier Two: $50
There will be ten Tier Two tickets available. With a Tier Two ticket, you'll be able to shop the entire collection of mugs after/along with the Tier One folks, but before everyone else. Tier Two Access starts fifteen minutes after Tier One: Sunday, February 28th at 6:15pm.
Tier Three: $20
For just $20 you can beat the general crowd! Tier Three tickets let you shop the full collection of mugs more than 14 hours before the general public: Sunday, February 28th at 6:30pm.
Everybody Else: FREE
The entire Mug Madness collection will be available to the general public on the first day of Mug Madness: Monday, March 1st, at 9am.
And remember: all preview ticket sales are going to a good cause, no matter which mugs you end up buying. More information about the early access tickets can be found by clicking the products below.
Preview Sale tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, February 24, at noon (Pacific).