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Get Ready to Vote!

Join us for our 5th annual Mug Madness tournament, where 64 mugs compete for a $500 top prize and the title of Mug Madness Champion!

Whether you enter your mug and fight for a team spot, or follow along on Instagram, this is your chance to be a part of our next-level mug championship. Read on for more information about Mug Madness!

Voting begins March 1st on Instagram stories @saltstoneceramics!

Registration is now closed

What is Mug Madness?

Mug Madness is a single-elimination bracket-style tournament, where 64 mugs compete for the top prize and title of Mug Madness Champion. Entries are open to all, regardless of age, location, or skill level.

The tournament will begin on March 1st, 2024, with matches taking place every day on our Instagram and in our Instagram stories. Friends, family, and followers are encouraged to participate by voting for their favorite mug. The undefeated mug at the end of the tournament wins the $500 top prize.

How to Enter

To enter your mug into the tournament, just purchase an entry ticket. Each entrant will be invited to submit a photo and information about their mug. Each entry is $10, with no limit to the number of submissions. So send one, send all!

Be sure to read the full tournament rules here. The open call for entries closes on December 17th, 2023.

Mug Madness Jurors Juniper Clay and MTC Pottery

How 64 Mugs are Chosen

After entries close, our incredible jurors and "team captains", Juniper Clay and MTC Pottery will each choose 32 mugs out of the pool of submissions to be included on their team. In addition to being featured in the tournament, selected artists will be invited to send their mugs to Seattle, WA to be included in our Mug Madness gallery show. Each mug will be displayed at Saltstone Ceramics for the month of March and will be available for purchase. So keep an eye on your favorites!

How to Win

In each match, mugs are competing to win a share of 3 points. Each juror assigns one point, and the final point is assigned by the result of an Instagram poll. Matches will be posted to our Instagram stories, where followers will be able to vote for their favorite mug. To win, promote< your mugs on IG and encourage your friends, family, and followers to participate! If your mug wins the match, you advance to the next round.

The undefeated mug at the end of the tournament wins a $500 dollar grand prize and the title of Mug Madness Champion. The runner-up will win a $100 cash prize.

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Do you have what it takes to be the next Mug Madness Champion? Enter your mugs today!

Entries close on December 10th, 2023.

Registration is now closed


Juniper Clay


"Potters! I can't wait to see what you're working on for this year's bracket. As you choose who to send for tryouts, tell those mugs to focus on the fundamentals - hot beverages, cold beverages, pens and pencils, snacks. Tell 'em to leave it all on the table - it's their time to shine (or stay matte). In the words of a fan who didn't even realize they were talking about pottery "It’s the greatest sporting event in the world. It's the only time of year when a kid from a small town can become a national hero. It's a time for upsets, Cinderella stories, heartbreak, and magic. It's a time for madness.' "

Kristina is a Tacoma-based artist making functional and sculptural projects. She’s inspired by modernist art and architecture, nature, and experience. She loves making mugs as much as you do, and one day maybe she'll settle on a single clay body, instead of the five she's got cluttering up her studio.


MTC Pottery


"I have been a participant in Mug Madness three times, and have always followed the match ups with anticipation and excitement. It’s strange to be on the other side of the fence this year, but I will still be watching avidly and rooting for all of the artists who work so hard on their creations!!"

Maliya is a ceramic artist living in upstate NY with her partner, dog, and 5 cats. She takes her love and fascination of animals as inspiration for her pottery, covering her functional pieces with strange and often deranged cats. Her work is playful and imaginative and one of her favorite things is when someone gives an involuntary chuckle when looking at her work.