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Custom furniture for the ever-evolving community working to prototype Arcology at Arcosanti.
Custom furniture for the ever-evolving community working to prototype Arcology at Arcosanti.
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Handmade Ceramics and Custom Furniture at Arcosanti

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I live in Arcosanti, which is an ever-growing prototype of Italian architect Paolo Soleri’s solution to suburban sprawl: the ARCOLOGY, blending architecture with the surrounding ecology. Arcosanti, as it stands today, was built by a network of over seven thousand workshop participants. The site is currently run and maintained by an ever-developing community of people from all over the world. We live and work onsite in these unique buildings.

Most people come to Arcosanti on a temporary basis to complete a five-week long workshop. After becoming an alumnus, they have the option to live and work onsite to contribute to this project through one of a handful of departments. People who stay on usually commit to around six months to a few years before departing. As such, most people pack just the essentials, creating a need for already-furnished spaces. Because the ever-changing nature of the residents, many apartments are furnished with thrift store finds that are often falling apart or awkwardly fitting. These interior spaces do not match the caliber of the site architecture.

I am proposing, as an Arcosanti Community Member, to design and create multiple pieces of custom furniture for Arcosanti, starting with the East Housing Vault Apartment (*mistake in video states West Housing Vault Apartment*). These pieces will take into consideration the unique attributes of this space that make standard furniture not ideal. Pieces will mold to large columns, curve with the vault wall, and extend to the high ceiling. I will be using basic materials like steel, concrete, wood and ceramics to make furniture that is custom fit, durable, parametric, and easily maintained. The designs will keep in mind customization for future residents to allow everyone the freedom to make the space their own. I will spend my last year here building these pieces on my own time so I can leave them behind for the next group of Arconauts to enjoy!

What specifically is going to be built for Arcosanti?

PROJECT 1: Kitchen Table and Storage

PROJECT 2: Closet and Storage

PROJECT 3: Bed frame and Bedside Tables 

*All rewards are handmade by me, Erin O'Loughlin, from my personal budding business SCATTERED MATERIALS*

Ceramic Jewelry:

Ceramic Cups:

  • Good for hot or cold use
  • Microwave safe
  • Dishwasher safe (although I suggest hand-washing)
  • All glazes used are food-safe
  • All cups will have Almond Glaze (off-white with brown speckle) on the inside of the cup
  • All designs are individually hand-carved circular patterns similar to the pictures shown. 

        Color Choice for Outside of the Cup:

Arcosanti Apartment Visit ($500 Reward)

  • One day visit for 1-2 people
  • Tour of Arcosanti included
  • One meal included (you choose when)
  • Travel and overnight stay (if needed) not included in reward price
  • Hotel accommodations can be made at Arcosanti.org
  • Guests must abide by all Arcosanti standard site rules
  • Contact me to coordinate date for arrival. Visit will run between November 2015 through August 2016

Arcosanti Apartment Visit + Ceramics Creation Experience ($750 Reward)  

  • One day visit for 1-2 people
  • Private tour of Arcosanti included
  • One meal included (you choose when)
  • Private 2 hour ceramics throwing lessons with Aimee Marcinko. Pieces will be trimmed and glazed by me and shipped to you when they are ready.
  • Travel and overnight stay (if needed) not included in reward price
  • Hotel accommodations can be made at Arcosanti.org
  • Guests must abide by all Arcosanti standard site rules
  • *Please note, in the unlikely event that any of your pieces are damaged in the firing process, I will make sure you receive a replacement piece(s) made by me.
  • Contact me to coordinate date for arrival. Visits will run between November 2015 through February 2016

*All Domestic USA shipping is free*

 Want Multiple Rewards?

Easy! Simply pledge on one of the rewards, but alter the total pledge dollar amount to match the total of the rewards you would like. Immediately after, please message me to let me know which rewards you are pledging for. **Be sure to add all appropriate international shipping if applicable! You can find the international shipping cost when you click on the reward tab on the right sidebar for the reward in question**

BIG Thanks to:

  • Hildemar Cruz (Your video editing guidance and motivating words were incredibly helpful!) 
  • Isaac Mueske (Your patience with me is incredible!) 
  • Taylour Courtland 
  • Colleen Connery 
  • Alix Dewald 
  • Ali Gibbs 
  • Zoe Lieb 
  • Aimee Marcinko
  • Lorenzo Mastino 
  • Jane Tellini 
  • My whole family! (Ruth O'Loughlin, Kevin O'Loughlin, Kelly O'Loughlin, Lauren Csaki, and Balazs Csaki)
  • The Arcosanti Community 
  • The Cosanti Foundation

Music: bensound.com 

I LOVE Kickstarter’s platform and I have backed many unique projects. Here are a handful of Kickstarter projects that can be seen in the video and were used for the creation of this project: 

Follow the process and see my latest creations!

www.ScatteredMaterials.com

Risks and challenges

Arcosanti itself is defined as an urban laboratory. The creation of this city is simply a test of how an arcology (architecture + ecology) can be a solution to suburban sprawl. Although smaller in scale, but along the same lines, my project is seeking to test and improve my personal knowledge working with basic materials to create the best lasting pieces I can to improve the interiors at Arcosanti. I am familiar with all the materials I will be using, but I know the project itself will be an amazing journey within my making experience.

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    *One Circle Pendant Bracelet*

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    *One Large Cup*

    Slip-cast stoneware ceramic cup uniquely hand-carved with your choice of outside glazes. (See choices in the Reward Specifications)
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    *One Personalized Necklace*

    I will work with you to create a custom necklace for you to include up to five ceramic pieces. Uniquely designed and hand-crafted stoneware ceramic with your choice of design, glaze, and attachment. (See choices in the Reward Specifications)
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    *Ceramic Collection*

    One Circle Pendant Bracelet($18 reward), one Five-Piece Necklace ($50 reward), two large cups ($100 reward)
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    *Arcosanti Apartment Visit*

    Come to Arcosanti, Arizona for a day and give me your input! I will give you an in-depth private tour of Arcosanti including my own apartment. We can laugh at the bricks propping up my bed and discuss designs for the potential new furniture or whatever you like! I will also cook a meal (you choose when) for 1-2 people.
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    *Arcosanti Apartment Visit + Ceramics Creation*

    Come to Arcosanti, Arizona for a day and give me your input! I will give you an in-depth private tour of Arcosanti including my own apartment. We can laugh at the bricks propping up my bed and discuss designs for the potential new furniture or whatever you like! I will also cook a meal (you choose when) for 1-2 people.
    Your stay will include a 2 hour private lesson with Aimee Marcinko creating ceramic pieces on the throwing wheel.
    All items will be shipped at a later date once finished.
    (travel, overnight stay, and other meals during trip not included. See details in the Reward Specifications)

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