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The Andersen Design Ceramics American Phoenix Project
Join Us in having this Ceramic Mug Design Handcrafted in Porcelain in the USA
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Andersen Design is an old American Ceramic Designer Craftsmen Company, established in 1952 on the coast of Maine, by Weston and Brenda Andersen. From its inception, Andersen Design treated production as an art form. The discipline required in repetition of the production process develops the intuitive sensibilities required for our craft. Andersen Design uses art glazes in its production, original glazes that flow and interact with the kiln environment and the ceramic making process. The making process requires discipline and trust in intuition to develop a confident artistic hand to execute our glaze applications and decorative techniques. It's not only about our original glaze recipes, or the thickness and direction in which the ceramic color is applied, its also about how the glaze and the body interact with each other, the rate at which the kiln temperature raises, soaks, and falls, and the relationship of all the objects in the kiln to each other and the entire kiln environment. Ceramics is an ever engaging alchemical art form, After we have paid attention to every detail, we place our faith in the kiln God.
In 65 years, Andersen Design has developed many ceramic slip casting designs of stoneware wildlife sculptures and functional forms Our designs are proven classics, as marketable today, as when they were first created. Our production process makes every piece produced unique. No two are alike.
We have recently entered into a new collaboration with Bob & June Rose. Bob has applied his boat building skills to creating a wonderful new production studio for Andersen Design:
The Andersen Design American Phoenix Project is a mission to teach others the skills in making our line so that they can own their own production studios producing our line for us as independent contractors.The rest of their identity and our relationship with them is self determined, Our brand can be used as a marketing venue for other designer craftsmen whose work is consistent with our values and design sensibilities.
The Leaning Ceramic Mug with Spiral project is our first design to be produced by another American slip-casting studio. This is our Dad, Weston Neil Andersen's design. We like to cast our mugs as thin as possible so that they are light weight and delicate to sipping experience. Porcelain is a stronger and harder ceramic body than our traditional stoneware, which will enhance the durability of the thin lip we prefer on our mugs.
The mug you see here is a prototype in stoneware. Weston scratched the spiral design into the glaze. This is the idea for the production design in stoneware but the actual way in which the spiral design will be produced will be worked out in the relationship between us and the ceramic studio with which Andersen Design collaborates to produce this design. We anticipate that this mug will be produced in traditional production glazes, which are more predictable than our glazes, but can be very sophisticated and elegant.
Risks and challenges
The risks involved in this project is that we will be establishing a new relationship with an outside production company. There are only a few studios in the USA offering professional mold making and slip casting services. We have worked with one of those companies in having a rubber mold made of our wide Gingerbread Mug. We were very pleased with the results and the professional relationship but that company does not slip cast in Porcelain so we will be working with a new relationship. The company we have in mind has worked with many name brands and has a good reputation.
Between the production company and ourselves, the design company, we will have to work out the execution of the form and finish of this piece, including finding the right commercial glaze or a proprietary glaze of the production company to be used.
We will also have to work out the shipping logistics. Will the product be drop shipped by the production company or delivered to us and shipped by us?
Any one of these issues could involve unanticipated delays in the process of bringing this product into the marketplace.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter