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We are launching our brand by releasing the first collaborative line of handmade goods. It took a year to build the whole studio and get the new collection designed. We couldn’t be more excited about what we’ve created so far. Most of the prototypes were 3D printed and then samples were made out of porcelain in the studio. The focus wasn’t on just one design instead, we designed a whole lifestyle collection that we plan to expand. The Bright Angle team is working on different solutions to drinking coffee in style, burning candles elegantly and lighting spaces that feel good.
We need your help to put this collection into production. By pre-selling our collection we will be able to gauge which items you really love so we know how to prepare to make them for you. By funding our campaign you will help us to continue to support our team, create our products thoughtfully, and carefully consider packaging. Last, we will use the funding to pay to collaborate with other artists moving forward - this is our most exciting venture what we dream the future of The Bright Angle to be.
We want you to join the club! We have created a TBA gift membership program that allows you to receive handmade gifts all year long. If you become a member we will send you one handmade card a month to give to someone special. If you become a Tier 2 or Tier 3 member we will give you FREE SHIPPING on anything!
We figure you spend at least $50.00 six times a year for Mother’s day, Father’s day, birthdays, weddings, holidays etc. - we want to make it easier for you to give the perfect gift. It's hard to go wrong with handmade, and with our thoughtful designs, we can guarantee a special gift with a compelling story. Your gift will come pre-wrapped and ready to hand off to that special someone.
Here are the three tiers of membership:
Tier 1: We will send you a combination of anything from the collection with the value up to $150, anytime throughout the year. Of course, we will remind you when it's a good time to give gifts. Welcome to the club!
Tier 2: We will send you a combination of anything from the collection with the value up to $250, anytime throughout the year. These gifts could be received as closely together as every other month and of course, we will remind you when it's a good time to give gifts. We will also send a discount code for your first order for $20 off and FREE SHIPPING. Welcome to the club!
Tier 3: We will send you a combination of anything from the collection with the value up to $500, anytime throughout the year. Of course, we will remind you when it's a good time to give gifts but you could receive gifts as often as once a month! We will also send a discount code for your first order for $50 off and FREE SHIPPING. Welcome to the club!
We are starting with a collection of 15 products and we plan to expand it to 30 by the holiday season. We will be working with other artists, glassblowers, leather workers, printmakers, woodworkers, metalsmiths - there will be something for everybody.
This first collection is a collaboration between the Bright Angle team and local artists of various mediums throughout Asheville. Every step of the design process asks: How will this product be produced? How well will these work in our lives - how do we make them work better?
We design things that are meant to be used. These designs are executed by hand using the highest quality materials. A lot of companies have it backwards. You don’t design something and then try to figure out how to make it, you make something and figure out how to design it to be made again. We stand by our trust in process.
We want to share the joys of using things made by hand, to contradict disposable culture. We want you to connect to the maker of your belongings. We want to make things to be collected and cared for, to be given as cherished gifts. We want you to feel comfortable and content, productive and fulfilled. We want you to have things that work well - “we designed it to do that”.
Our home is Asheville, a notable epicenter of American craft that rests in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The skilled craftsmanship ranges from beer to bread, from glass to ceramic - this region is alive with skilled hands making amazing things. This is why we are starting here in Asheville, surrounded by masters of their materials.
It starts with an idea - we initially get this idea out by sketching or sculpting. In order to ensure that we are able to see the smartest design come to fruition, we transfer the sketch to a computer-aided modeling system. With this program we are able to send the design to the 3D printer to see the first model come to life.
We collaborate with our neighbors in the Asheville Makers’ Space at the Refinery Creator Space in Asheville. Working with engineers and inventors has allowed us to realize ideas that utilize technology in a way we wouldn’t have considered as craftspeople.
Once we have a model we are satisfied with, we scale it up to account for the shrinkage of the porcelain. Next, we pour plaster around the model to create a mold. This mold is filled with liquid porcelain to recreate the object.
We refine the porcelain object using hand tools. The pots are covered in our soft satin glaze and fireed in a kiln to 2200F. Once they are fired we sand the bottoms smooth and begin to source the other materials for each design. For the first collection all mediums outside of porcelain are sourced from friends in Asheville. We are working with Hayden Wilson Glass, In Blue Handmade, Waxon Studios and The Asheville Makers.
Risks and challenges
Our job as artists and makers is solving problems. In every step of the process we have to resolve complications as they arise. To see the first products of our new collection come into existence, we have done a significant amount of problem solving. Some of the issues we have already overcome include formulating the tightest possible recipes for the porcelain and the glaze so the forms are strong and covered in a soft vibrant glaze that will last. We wanted to be sure we could deliver before we launched the collection.
We went through hundreds of different mold systems to get the pieces to fit together perfectly. It took hundreds of test more to make sure they are the right weight and size. Every time we fire a kiln there is the possibility of something blowing up or melting. Working with materials, especially porcelain, is actually all about chemistry. Since we work from raw materials from scratch we ultimately do have more control over the outcome of our products but we still have to deal with inconsistencies that happen with small-batch production.
We designed this collection to be reproduced for you but we still have to make all of the molds and make sure they all fit and work together. Making the first run of prototypes is just one step. Producing larger runs of each product requires many changes on the fly in order to make sure our process is fun and efficient with the best quality product. We also have expenses to get the lamp UL listed, which is upwards of $5,000 - as well as pay for collaboration with engineers to reproduce the touch sensor.
We are problem solvers. Our team is made up of individuals with a strong knowledge base of raw materials science, mold making, ceramic reproduction, equipment maintenance and operation, and communication. We have completed a number of projects in the past year that have taught us a lot about how to overcome challenges in our studio. For us, problem solving is fun, and if there wasn’t a way to make something better then there wouldn’t be any reason to keep creating.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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