The Andersen Design Ceramics American Phoenix Project

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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:

Bob Rose Standing among Andersen Designs Molds in the Production Studio he Built
Bob Rose Standing among Andersen Designs Molds in the Production Studio he Built

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.

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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.

Porcelain Mug Designed by Weston Neil Andersen $40.00
Porcelain Mug Designed by Weston Neil Andersen $40.00

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.

Porcelain Mug, Black, Designed by Weston Neil Andersen $40.00
Porcelain Mug, Black, Designed by Weston Neil Andersen $40.00
FOUR PORCELAIN MUGS, YOUR CHOICE WHITE OR BLACK
FOUR PORCELAIN MUGS, YOUR CHOICE WHITE OR BLACK
SIX PORCELAIN MUGS- YOUR CHOICE OF WHITE OR BLACK
SIX PORCELAIN MUGS- YOUR CHOICE OF WHITE OR BLACK
Twelve Porcelain Mugs Designed by Weston Neil Andersen in Black or White
Twelve Porcelain Mugs Designed by Weston Neil Andersen in Black or White
Wide Gingerbread Mug Designed by Weston Neil Andersen in Brown Tree Pattern
Wide Gingerbread Mug Designed by Weston Neil Andersen in Brown Tree Pattern
Stoneware Sperm Whale by Andersen Design
Stoneware Sperm Whale by Andersen Design
Stoneware Seal Emerging From Water by Andersen Design
Stoneware Seal Emerging From Water by Andersen Design
Large Sea Urchin Bowl, 10" diameter by Andersen Design
Large Sea Urchin Bowl, 10" diameter by Andersen Design
Stoneware Sleeping Sandpiper by Elise Isabel Andersen in gray, 6 inches long
Stoneware Sleeping Sandpiper by Elise Isabel Andersen in gray, 6 inches long
Stoneware Sleeping Sandpiper by Elise Isabel Andersen in brown graphic pattern, 6 inches long
Stoneware Sleeping Sandpiper by Elise Isabel Andersen in brown graphic pattern, 6 inches long
Ceramic Chickadee on Signed Mahogany Base by Bob Rose
Ceramic Chickadee on Signed Mahogany Base by Bob Rose
Stoneware Sea Otter by Christine Thalia Andersen $100.00
Stoneware Sea Otter by Christine Thalia Andersen $100.00
Stoneware Wren by Andersen Design
Stoneware Wren by Andersen Design
Ceramic Curled Cat in Brown Stripe designed by Brenda Andersen
Ceramic Curled Cat in Brown Stripe designed by Brenda Andersen

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.

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    Ceramic Wren Sculpture

    Stoneware Wren by Andersen Design, 3 inches long, slip cast in red stoneware, decorated in our natural brown slip and white glaze.

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    Stoneware Curled Cat

    Stoneware Curled Brown Cat designed by Brenda Andersen, 5" diameter. Slip cast in red stoneware and decorated in our natural brown slip and white matte glaze

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    Ceramic Seal Emerging From Water

    The Stoneware Seal as usually seen, emerging its head out of the water. Slip cast on red body, ebony eyes and body decorated with our interactive ceramic decorating colors, gray, black white, medium, 7" diameter,

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    Sleeping Sandpiper

    Sleeping Sandpiper designed by Elise Isabel Andersen in Brown graphic Pattern, slip-cast in red stoneware, six inches long

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    Stoneware Sperm Whale

    Stone ware Sperm Whale , 9 inch long, slip cast on red body, glazed with variegated glaze in gray,black & white. hand made by Maine artisans in the USA

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    Set of Four Leaning Mugs with Spiral in your choice of Black or White

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    Sea Urchin Bowl, Large

    Ceramic Sea Urchin Bowl, 10 inches in Diameter, Slip Cast on White body, decorated in brown, gray and black on White glaze

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