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Mug Madness: The Bracket


Mug Madness is a single-elimination bracket-style tournament with a $500 top prize (and $100 for the runner-up), running all March long.

All voting happens on Instagram throughout the month of March. Be sure to follow the Saltstone Ceramics account and check back every day to vote on new matches!

How To Participate

Every day around 9am (all times Pacific), we'll post one or more match-ups to the Saltstone Ceramics Instagram account. Take a look at the pictures, read the descriptions, and decide which one you like better!

Next, head to the Instagram Stories for the Saltstone Ceramics account and vote in the poll. Voting closes at 9pm on the day of the match-up.

Finally, share your favorite mugs! Use hashtag #mugmadness19. Tell your friends! Repost or regram! Cheer your favorite mugs to the finish!

How The Scoring Works

Three points are divided between the two mugs, and the mug with the most points moves on; the other is eliminated. One point is assigned by our Juror Extraordinaire, Justin Rothshank. One point is assigned by Saltstone Ceramics's Creative Director, Sarah Steininger Leroux. And the final point is assigned by your votes via the Instagram Poll.

May the best mug win!

Championship Bracket

Quarterfinals Semifinals Championship Final
Quarterfinal #1: March 25
Meghan Yarnell
Samantha Hostert
Semifinal #1:
Friday, March 29
Samantha Hostert
Danielle Hawk
Championship Final:
Sunday, March 31
Danielle Hawk
Philip Matthews

Mug Madness
CHAMPION
Philip Matthews
Quarterfinal #2: March 26
Danielle Hawk
Cate Brus
Quarterfinal #3: March 27
Philip Matthews
Phi Nguyen
Semifinal #2:
Saturday, March 30
Philip Matthews
Bri Larson
Quarterfinal #4: March 28
Rachel Akin
Bri Larson

Group A

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
1: March 1
Louie Albertson
Taylor Callaway
33: March 12
Taylor Callaway
Jacob Hostetler
49: March 20
Taylor Callaway
Meghan Yarnell

Group A Winner
Meghan Yarnell
2:
Jacob Hostetler
Bye
3: March 1
Joey Nuñez
Meghan Yarnell
34: March 12
Meghan Yarnell
Bradley Urso
4: March 1
Jake Brodsky
Bradley Urso

Group B

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
5:
Samantha Hostert
Bye
35: March 13

Samantha Hostert
Chanakarn Semachai
50: March 20

Samantha Hostert
Catherine Tweedie

Group B Winner
Samantha Hostert
6: March 2

Adrienne Oates
Chanakarn Semachai
7: March 2
Alec Hoogland
Tony Kukich
36: March 13

Alec Hoogland
Catherine Tweedie
8: March 3

Ann Ruel
Catherine Tweedie

Group C

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
9: March 3
Horacio Casillas
Kyle Rees
37: March 14
Horacio Casillas
Tracy Burton
51: March 21
Tracy Burton
Danielle Hawk

Group C Winner
Danielle Hawk
10: March 4
Tracy Burton
Alex Olson
11:
Meghan Bergman
Bye
38: March 14
Meghan Bergman
Danielle Hawk
12: March 4
Danielle Hawk
John Brooks

Group D

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
13: March 4
Allee Etheridge
Kyle Guymon
39: March 15
Allee Etheridge
Cate Brus
52: March 21
Cate Brus
James Kelly

Group D Winner
Cate Brus
14:
Cate Brus
Bye
15: March 5
Jenn Gavlin
James Kelly
40: March 15
James Kelly
Michelle Arabian
16: March 6
Alec Ledbetter
Michelle Arabian

Group E

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
17: March 6
Linzy Casal
Meghan Bergman
41: March 16
Meghan Bergman
Kyle Rees
53: March 22
Kyle Rees
Philip Matthews

Group E Winner
Philip Matthews
18:
Kyle Rees
Bye
19: March 7
Jacob Hostetler
Sarah German
42: March 16
Sarah German
Philip Matthews
20: March 7
Philip Matthews
horacio casillas

Group F

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
21:
Kyle Guymon
Bye
43: March 17
Kyle Guymon
Levi Yastrow
54: March 22
Levi Yastrow
Phi Nguyen

Group F Winner
Phi Nguyen
22: March 8

Levi Yastrow
Kendra McCartney
23: March 8
Chase Lilleholm
Samantha Hostert
44: March 17
Samantha Hostert
Phi Nguyen
24: March 9

Phi Nguyen
Susan Messer McBride

Group G

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
25: March 9
Rachel Akin
Brenna Gerlach
45: March 18
Rachel Akin
Ryan Reich
55: March 23

Rachel Akin
Abigail Elizabeth Rudkins

Group G Winner

Rachel Akin
26: March 9
Maliya Travers-Crumb

Ryan Reich
27:
Meghan Yarnell
Bye
46: March 18

Meghan Yarnell
Abigail Elizabeth Rudkins
28: March 10

Deidra Krois
Abigail Elizabeth Rudkins

Group H

Opening Round Round of 32 Salty Sixteen
29: March 10
Emery Cotten
Clarissa Eck
47: March 19
Clarissa Eck
Daniel Perez
56: March 23
Clarissa Eck
Bri Larson

Group H Winner
Bri Larson
30: March 11

Daniel Perez
Lindsay Langsdale
31: March 11
Cate Brus
Bri Larson
48: March 19

Bri Larson
Chanakarn Semachai
32:
Chanakarn Semachai

Bye