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$27,381
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55hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 23 2019 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Presenting the 2019 Manual ceramics collection:

Manual is a design studio that creates objects that celebrate slowness. Our latest collection is a series of ceramic vessels intended to contribute to this idea of living at a slower pace.

Each piece in the collection offers an everyday utility—storage, serving, and vibes. 

The pure ceramic forms finished in a matte black glaze are intended to humbly blend into the landscape of your home.

The crock lids create a bold visual contrast while offering an intuitive resting spot for utensils and objects.

The lids also feature rubber seals to ensure freshness of the contents within.

Each piece can be used in a multitude of ways throughout your home—from the kitchen to the living spaces and beyond.

Ultimately we want our designs to integrate into your daily life, each use bringing you small—maybe even unnoticed—moments of joy.

Take it slow. 

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Let's take a closer look at the collection:

01— Burn Plate

▲ The Burn Plate is a saucer intended for use with incense, candles, sage or palo santo. The plate design keeps hot embers away from surfaces, while also providing a home for extinguished matches. A matchbook or lighter slips underneath the foot of the plate to keep it hidden from view. 

⌀5.75" x 1.4" | ⌀145mm x 35mm

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02— Small Crock 

▲ The Small Crock was designed with sugar in mind, and works just as well with salt, spices, and forgotten ephemera. The lid is a perfect home for a small spoon.

⌀3.1" x 3.3" | ⌀80mm x 85mm

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03— Medium Crock

▲ The Medium Crock was designed as a countertop butter crock—and is also suited for tea, spices, salt, matches, and odd miscellany. There's something deeply pleasing about running your fingers down the milled grooves.

⌀4" x 2.6" | ⌀100mm x 66mm

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04— Large Crock

▲ The Large Crock was designed to hold a 12 ounce bag of coffee beans—and is also great for granola, coffee filters, rice, beans, popcorn, and imported dry goods. One could even imagine using the lid as a trivet in a pinch.

⌀5" x 4.3" | ⌀128mm x 110mm

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05— Mug

▲ The Mug was designed to hold hot liquids such as coffee or tea—however will likely work well for beverages of other temperatures. There's an undeniably relaxing feeling when you run your thumb down the top of the handle where it seamlessly meets the lip of the cup. It just feels right.

10 oz | 290 ml | ⌀3" x 3.6" | ⌀78mm x 92mm

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06— Creamer

▲ The Creamer was designed for milk-based products—and works surprisingly well for non-dairy products as well. We used to feel snobby about cream in our coffee, but then we realized that we were happier when we didn't have such strong opinions.

7 oz | 200 ml | ⌀3" x 3" | ⌀75mm x 75mm

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Get fully outfitted with a set:

A— Vibes Set

▲ The Vibes Set is about setting the mood—a burn plate for smudging, a medium crock for storing various substances.

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B— Crock Set 

▲ The Crock Set makes storage a top priority—1 small, 1 medium and 1 large crock get you all set up.

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C— Coffee Set

▲ The Coffee Set takes care of your morning ritual—two mugs, a creamer, a small crock for sugar, and a large crock for coffee beans. This set would certainly pair well with a Coffeemaker Nº3.

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D— Complete Collection

▲ The Complete Collection will get you fully outfitted—two mugs, a creamer, a burn plate, and all three sizes of crocks.

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A ‘pledge’ is simply a pre-order:

  • Each piece is individually listed as a reward. If you would like multiples, simply multiply your pledge by the quantity you would like, and we will work out the logistics on our end.
  • We created sets to to offer multiple pieces at a discount. If you pledge for a set and would like to add other pieces, simply add up the appropriate amount and pledge!
  • After the campaign we will use Backerkit (or a similar service) to allow you to clarify which pieces you pledged for and add any additional pieces or shippings costs.

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Manufacturing is already done!

We have spent the past year working with our long-term manufacturing partners to prototype the collection, price out the designs, create samples, iterate designs, create packaging, and get our supply chain lined up. 

Early 3D prints and factory samples
Early 3D prints and factory samples

We have already started manufacturing ahead of this Kickstarter campaign so that we can complete all the products before the upcoming Chinese New Year, when all factories shut down for around 6 weeks. If all goes to plan, these products will be en route to our Chicago warehouse as you read this, so we'll be able to start shipping to backers shortly after the Kickstarter ends!

  •  January - Manufacturing begins, Kickstarter campaign launches
  •  February - Collection is en route to the US from China, Kickstarter ends
  •  March - Collection passes through customs, enters Chicago warehouse, prepared for fulfillment
  •  April - Shipping begins!

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Take it slow.

Manual designs objects that celebrate slowness. Our products encourage you to step away from the distractions of modern life to slow down and appreciate the moment. We value craft over convenience, we elevate rituals over routines, and we strive for simplicity over novelty.

The 2019 Ceramics Collection was designed by Manual founder and creative director, Craighton Berman, a designer with the distinction of having work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as being the first designer to use Kickstarter to launch a product back in 2010.

Photography: Cameron Blaylock for Doggerel
Photography: Cameron Blaylock for Doggerel

It’s always thrilling to be back on Kickstarter with the latest design. This place is truly special to me: it got me started making things independently, it got me to scale my studio, and it gave me a platform to find an audience of folks who like what I do. Thanks for being here, thanks for looking.

-Craighton 

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Cheers!

  • To all the Manual supporters who keep helping us bring ideas to life—we are truly honored by your continued support of our ideas.
  • To Potluck Creative for helping us shape our storytelling.
  • To Jeremiah Chiu for the loaning the soundtrack.
  • To you for reading this far in the age of short attention spans. Take it slow. 🐌

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Risks and challenges

Previously, we have successfully run 10 Kickstarter projects, and advised on well over 50, so we know our way around making great things and getting them to people.

However the reality is that when you're manufacturing any physical good there are sure to be unforeseen challenges. We promise to be open and honest in our communications in timing and design changes as we navigate our way.

Remember, Kickstarter is not a store—you are pledging support to an independent design company that is starting down the path of producing a product. Part of your "reward" is getting an inside view at the process as well as our sincere appreciation for the support!

We only produce products we feel deeply passionate about and are too stubborn to see things fail. You can put your trust in Manual that we will deliver the goods. ✌

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