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Turning disposable cardboard coffee cup sleeves into beautiful reusable tableware. Help me produce a batch of of these cups!
Turning disposable cardboard coffee cup sleeves into beautiful reusable tableware. Help me produce a batch of of these cups!
Turning disposable cardboard coffee cup sleeves into beautiful reusable tableware. Help me produce a batch of of these cups!
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This is my first professional project since graduating from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University) earlier this year. Although I am a relative unknown, I hope to bring these original products to market through the advantageous and accessible model of crowdfunding. These products are:

Cardboard Ceramics

Corrugated cups formed from cardboard coffee cups sleeves. The moulds are filled with clay, and then burnt away in the kiln. Since the moulds are disposable, they can create dense, overlapping textures, whilst leaving the ceramics inside intact. The stoneware cups bear the rough gesture of the cardboard, as if they are made of petrified paper.

 

 

 

This is: the Lost Cardboard Technique. A reaction to our hugely wasteful culture of disposable coffee products. Hundreds of thousands of paper cups and sleeves are used every day - only ever for about two minutes - before being thrown away. They are rarely ever recycled.

Cardboard Ceramics turns these generic pieces of disposable cardboard into distinctive pieces of ceramic tableware. They are tactile, handmade, and rich with individual character - the antithesis of the mundane, expendable sleeves they are made from.

Why do I need funding?

I created the Lost Cardboard Technique while studying at The Cass, in London. Since graduating earlier this year, I have been eager to continue the Cardboard Ceramics project, but no longer have the equipment to do so. Your kind pledges will help me buy a kiln, an extraction unit (the burning cardboard gives off a lot of smoke!), and the materials needed to make the first batch of these cups. 

You will be helping me make works of intriguing, original design, and opposing the unsustainable culture of waste in which we live. This kiln will be the foundation of my own design studio, and will be the start of many more creative endeavours to come.

The future of Cardboard Ceramics

When I was developing the Lost Cardboard Technique, I created a whole population of weird and wonderful experimental vessels. They helped me understand what could be achieved with clay-filled cardboard. Many of these experiments could be further developed into fully realised designs - bringing new additions to the Cardboard Ceramics range. Having a kiln of my own will be essential for this, and will help me continue my creative pursuits into exciting new territories..

Thanks very much for your support! 

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The Cass Starters project

Cardboard Ceramics is part of the Cass Starters collective crowd funding initiative. The aim is to bring together the enthusiasm of young creative graduates with the infrastructure and support of the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University).

Individually, we graduates have limited brand name power. But collectively, we have plenty of ambition, skill, and creative energy. Most significantly, we share a strong social network - a solid culture of support and collaboration, which we have cultivated during our time studying together. Coupled with the support of The Cass and London Metropolitan University, Cass Starters recognises the power of working together.

See the video below for more information, and visit our website: www.casstarters.com @CassStarters #CassStarters

Other Cass Starters campaigns LIVE now:

Wobbly Peyote

Hooked

Test Cups

Risks and challenges

In order to produce these cups, I will need to set up my kiln in a workshop. I have calculated that I will meet my estimated delivery times, but it could potentially take a bit longer than expected to get the workshop fully up and running (getting the kiln delivered, building workshop infrastructure, hiring an electrician to change the amperage of the workshop circuit etc). But I will work hard to have your rewards delivered as soon as possible!

I will fulfil my pledges in the order in which I received them.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.22

    Corrugated thank you card

    Personal note thanking you for helping out with the Cardboard Ceramics dream. Written on a coffee cup sleeve - turning a piece of disposable cardboard into an object of sincere gratitude!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $12

    Earlybird Special #1

    x1 Espresso Cup

    A distinctive, characterful way to take your morning espresso. Also highly suitable for sake, whiskey, or any other such refined beverage.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $18

    Earlybird Special #2

    x1 Coffee Mug

    The fine, textural walls of the cup are pleasingly paired with a thick, tactile handle. Each handle bears the unique impression of the maker’s thumb - a tacit reminder of the hands-on making process.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $24

    x1 Espresso Cup

    A distinctive, characterful way to take your morning espresso. Also highly suitable for sake, whiskey, or any other such refined beverage.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $37

    CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

    x1 Coffee Mug (prototype)

    An original prototype of the Cardboard Ceramic coffee mug - delivered to you in time for Christmas. The perfect corrugated gift!

    The fine, textural walls of the cup are pleasingly paired with a thick, tactile handle. Each handle bears the unique impression of the maker’s thumb - a tacit reminder of the hands-on making process.

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    x1 Coffee Mug

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    Pledge £47 or more About $57

    x2 Espresso Cups, x2 Coffee Mugs

    The full pair of beautiful corrugated cups.

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    Pledge £95 or more About $116

    x2 Espresso Cups, x2 Coffee Mugs

    The full DOUBLE set of beautiful corrugated cups

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    x5 Espresso Cups

    Perfect for a sake party with friends.

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    Pledge £125 or more About $152

    Cass Starters BONUS BUNDLE BONANZA

    One of each of product created by the Cass Starters collective crowdfunding project. A lovely diverse range of original and engaging objects!

    x1 Cardboard Ceramics Coffee Mug
    x1 Wobbly Peyote desktop game (by Tim Summers)
    x1 Hooked coat hook (by Nicholas Marschner)
    x1 Test Cup coat hook (by Isabel Farchy)

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    Pledge £145 or more About $177

    x5 Coffee Mugs

    Perfect for morning coffee with friends.

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    Pledge £240 or more About $293

    x5 Espresso Cups, x5 Coffee Mugs

    Perfect for morning coffee with friends...

    perhaps followed later by a sake party.

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    Pledge £325 or more About $396

    Set of Cups + `Unique Commission

    x5 Espresso cups, x5 Coffee Mugs, x1 Cardboard Ceramics personal commission

    The Lost Cardboard technique is versatile, and full of creative potential. I will make you a bespoke vessel of your choice, using this innovative making method. Whether it is a vase, jug, bowl, flower pot or candlestick that you desire, I will render it for you with an original, evocative gesture - using the trusted mediums of clay and cardboard.

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    Full Cardboard Ceramics Tea Set

    x5 espresso cups, x5 coffee cups, x1 teapot, x1 milk pitcher, x1 sugar bowl

    Be the master of all things Cardboard Ceramic. This truly unique tea set will be a real talking point amongst your guests, whether they have come for coffee, tea, or maybe even sake.

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Funding period

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