Mug Madness is a head-to-head, single-elimination juried mug tournament with a $500 prize.

 

Join us on Instagram all month long as we pit mug versus mug until just one emerges as Mug Madness Champion!

How It Works

Mugs are paired into match-ups and posted to our Instagram at 9am, every day in March. You can view the full listing of matches here.

Each mug can win up to three points in a match. One is given to the winner of the Instagram poll; the other two points come from our judges. The mug with the most points moves on to the next round!

Read the full Tournament Rules for more information, or check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Team Punch vs. Team Bugaboo

This year's Mug Madness has two jurors: Adrienne "Bugaboo Eyes" Eliades and Chanakarn "Punch" Semachai. Each juror chose 32 mugs to enter the contest. Although we've organized them into two teams, that's just for fun. Our jurors are competing for nothing but pride. In each match-up, they are free to vote for whichever mug they think is best, regardless of who juried it into the show.

 

How to Participate

Head to our Instagram account every morning to vote for the best mug. Use hashtag #mugmadness20 to cheer your favorite on to the Salty Sixteen and then the Mug Madness Championship. Check out the hundreds of mugs we have in our gallery: shop online or in person at our Seattle store. But most importantly: continue to support artists, makers, and craftspeople in your community, wherever you are.

Meet The Jurors

This year our two jurors picked two teams of 32 mugs. Brackets will be constructed to create as many different-team matchups as possible. Remember: the jurors are just competing for honor... the $500 top prize and title of Mug Madness Champion goes to the maker of the winning mug.

Team Punch

Chanakarn "Punch" Semachai is based in Bangkok, Thailand and was the winner of the Mug Madness 2019 "Artists' Choice" award. 

Team Bugaboo

Adrienne "Bugaboo Eyes" Eliades is based in Vancouver, WA, USA, and her work is regularly featured at Saltstone Ceramics.

 

What Makes A Great Mug?

"If you are familiar with my mugs you will know that it’s not a mug that you would comfortably use everyday as a working cup...They are made for when you want to have a little fun and break away from a daily routine. So I would love to encourage the mug that has a hint of fun, excitement and playfulness. I’m looking for a fresh idea with a touch of old craftsmanship skill."

 

"Mugs are one of the most intimate ceramic forms. Hands and lips interact with the handle and rim. These surfaces should be smooth and inviting. A great mug will balance aesthetic elements with form. Design is important yet should not trump function. It’s definitely a challenge to create unity in design while achieving the proper proportions. I'll be looking for mugs that successfully incorporate all these elements!"

If you'd like to see how Mug Madness 2019 turned out, we've got the full bracket here. And in the meantime, congratulations to all the Mug Madness 2019 participants, and our reigning Mug Madness Champion, Philip Matthews!