Big idea: Create stoneware cookie jars decorated with dragons eating cookies.
These cookie jars have the five qualities that make a cookie jar great:
1. Genteel but scary. Decorated on all four sides with fearsome, cookie-loving dragons to scare away timid snack pirates and discourage unauthorized withdrawals.
2. Weighty. Heavy enough to be a murder weapon. Even before you put stuff in it, this cookie jar weighs 4.25 lbs (2 kg). Will not blow away in typical household windstorms.
3. Food ready. Easy to clean. Dishwasher safe. Air-tight lid with silicone seal to preserve freshness.
4. Capacious. Can hold 90 Oreo cookies! Exterior measures 5.125"D x 5.125"W x 10"H (13 cm D x 13 cm W x 25.5 cm H). Opening measures 4" (10 cm) diameter. This cookie jar may actually be slightly bigger on the inside than it is on the outside! (Research into this possibility is still underway.)
5. Not just for cookies. Makes an excellent storage place for all your snacks. And because it looks like an innocent cookie jar, you’ll find it an excellent place to conceal caches, hoards, and stashes. For example, some people have said they plan to use the cookie jar to hide secret accumulations of contraband, gemstones, antique coins, and chocolate. No one will suspect.
What you’ll get. Sponsors of this project will receive stoneware cookie jar with lid. All decorated with cookie-loving dragons from Don’s sketchbook.
Schedule. Assuming this project reaches the funding goal, production will go fast and we should be ready to ship by the end of August 2019.
Makes a great gift. There are several pledge levels that allow you to get multiple cookie jars. You don’t even have to bake cookies to fill the jar, but we have included some proven cookie recipes for inspiration in case you want to go that way.
Animals? Don’t forget that a handsome cookie jar is also an ideal way to store dog treats and cat rewards.
ODE TO A VIGILANT-DRAGON COOKIE JAR
Losing treats to cookie pirates is the worst of aggravations.
Get a jar to hide your treasures from unwanted observations.
All four sides should be embellished with dragon decorations.
That’s the best you can do to stop misappropriations.
Shipping. There’s a shipping charge that varies depending on how far away you live. It’s relatively small in the United States but goes up dramatically overseas because the cookie jars are heavy. Some places are shockingly high. But for a treasured heirloom that may last generations, perhaps you can justify the expense.
Read this if you are outside the U.S. In some countries, customs duties may be applied to ceramic shipments. I have no way of predicting if they’ll apply to your shipment. Customs inspections are very arbitrary and willy-nilly. Most packages sail through without any duty, but some are selected by chance and the recipient gets hit with a duty fee. So if you can’t tolerate the risk that your shipment might get selected for extra costs, you should probably not support this project. Or arrange to have your reward shipped to a friend in the U.S. who can bring you your cookie jar in their luggage next trip.
We’ll probably be using the U.S. Postal Service for these shipments because that seems to minimize the number of packages that get hit with customs fees, and there are no extra broker fees added.
Pay attention. If you are an international sponsor and receive a tracking number when we ship, track your package daily to make sure it doesn’t get hung up in the system and returned to us. Don’t just assume it will show up at your door. Shipments have a way of getting stalled, and monitoring the status of the tracking number allows you to intervene promptly.
Project updates. Sponsors of this project will receive periodic updates through Kickstarter as the project unfolds but not so often that you’ll think that I am a pest. You can also receive a trickle of news about Don’s projects, sketchbook, and ridiculous blog by joining the Calamityware mailing list. Sign up for our newsletter here.
Questions? Send me your questions and I’ll add them and the answers to the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
Previous projects. If you missed my previous Kickstarter projects, you’ll find extras from the production run from most of my previous projects at Calamityware.com. While supplies last. Not just porcelain—there are some other unusual products there, too, that began as Kickstarter-Don projects...including the world’s most delightful shower curtain and the groundbreaking book, Monster Etiquette.
Pittsburgh, June 6, 2019
Risks and challenges
Countless things could go wrong to delay this project. But the design is done and the pre-production proofs have been approved. So if I get enough sponsors, I will green-light production right away without waiting until the project closes.
I’m using a workshop that has produced countless cookie jars for many years. So technical problems are unlikely.
If you have supported my previous Kickstarter projects, you know I always come through. Frequently, I complete my projects ahead of schedule. In any case, you’ll get updates so you know what’s going on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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