A Fond fahz Farewell
The time has come for our final fahz Kickstarter update. We have modeled, printed and shipped all of the vases from the thousands of photos we have received. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience for us, and we want to thank you backers for all of your support along the way. We have learned so much and your insightful comments have been greatly appreciated. We hope to keep fahzing well into the future, so please keep in touch.
While finishing up our Kickstarter orders, we've also been making steady progress on fahzface.com. Many of the comments we've received from the Kickstarter community have already been integrated into our current service and we hope to add many other suggestions in the near future.
One thing we're trying to do is make it easier to see your face in the vase. We have been making so many of these vases that we can't help but see faces everywhere we look. But when you get that black tube in the mail, you just want to see the faces in the vase—immediately. Early on we started adding little tick marks to the bottom of each fahz showing exactly where the profiles are located. If haven't noticed them yet, have a look.
But we can do more. We know that even though many of our fahzfriends get it, the whole "figure/ground negative space" thing can be a bit tough to explain to grandma. So we're super excited to launch a feature for future orders called Where's My Face? Starting next month, new customers will be able to visit fahzface.com/wheresmyface to input the vase number from the bottom of their fahz to see a customized image showing exactly how we use faces to make a vase. And it will all be explained in nifty little card included in the black tube.
One thing you won't see on fahzface.com, however, is vases with more than four profiles. Working with our amazing backers, we slowly began to appreciate how difficult these can be to make. It turns out it's not hard to make a vessel with twelve faces, it's just really hard to make it look like a vase (and "your face in a dog dish" doesn't really have that ring to it). We appreciate the patience of the backers who ordered premium vases and we will continue to work with you to make sure all your faces get in a vase (or vases). And we'll be more than happy to make them as custom orders in the future. Because, while a premium vase is not easy to make, there's no denying it's a pretty cool trick.
But enough about what you won't see on fahzface.com. Can we talk about what we're adding? Several enthusiastic backers have loved their vase, but not necessarily the material. First of all, we love your honesty! So we're excited to announce that starting November 1, in addition to the standard PLA plastic, both sizes of fahz will be available in a gorgeous synthetic sandstone material. They'll be twice the price, but for our Kickstarter backers, we'll be offering a special deal. If you'd like to upgrade your existing fahz (no additional photo uploads), we'll take 50% off your order. Just shoot us an email and we'll make it happen. So excited!
So thank you again backers for all of your support! We'd love to continue our fledgling career as digital potters. And we need your help to make it happen. Please, please continue to pass along the word about fahz to your friends and family. Or even better, email us a testimonial to add to our website. The best part of this project so far has been hearing from happy customers who have tagged their fahz photos with the hashtag #vasemyface. So as a thank you to all those who spread the social love, we'll reply to all your instagram, twitter and facebook posts with a special 10% discount code that will cover two weeks' worth of purchases for you and your friends on fahzface.com. Not a bad thing with the holidays coming up.
Farewell for now. Keep in touch!
Your friendly digital potters,
Martha and Nick
ps. If you're a backer and haven't uploaded your photos yet, don't panic. We'll still make your vase when you do. But we'd truly appreciate that you do it soon, so that we can turn our focus to how to make fahzface.com even better. And if you have uploaded your photos but still haven't received a vase, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we've noted in earlier posts, not every fahz we've sent out has reached its destination. But we'll make sure yours does.