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Beautiful wheel-thrown mugs with pinch handles for climbers. Keep yourself fuelled while training your fingers!
Beautiful wheel-thrown mugs with pinch handles for climbers. Keep yourself fuelled while training your fingers!
100 backers pledged $5,630 to help bring this project to life.
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Climbers' Pinch Mug! Climbing and Coffee for Everyone

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The Project
 

The Pinch Mug is the perfect cup to bring your love for the wall into the home and the office. Without screaming "Climbing Mug!", the subtle and beautiful Pinch Mug is a pleasure to use and makes a great addition to your mug collection.

Why Back This Project? 

The handmade, wheel-thrown mug stands out from the industrially cast wares in stores. Each piece is unique and lovingly crafted to fit the hand. The handles are individually tested to ensure that it is comfortable and stable whilst giving you the best pinching experience.

Materials

  • The Pinch Mugs are made with a brown stoneware that exudes a warm brick colour and feels like the stone you remember crimping outdoors. Sturdier and less delicate than porcelain, the stoneware can withstand the abuse of daily use.

    (clay used for the production run will not be exactly as the sample pictured)

  • From a subtle purple to a bright blue, the glaze on the outer surface of the cup varies in hue due to nuances of the kiln-firing and clay body. This range of colours, complimented by the translucent white of the inner surface make for one good-looking cup.

    The mug is safe to use in the dishwasher and microwave.

    Glazes have also been tested for cutlery marking (video):
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Design and Functionality:  

The handles placed at the middle to lower section of the mug ensures a comfortable and balanced grip.

Handles come in two options: 

The handles have a 1/4 inch depth to keep your fingers away from the hot beverage and ensure a secure hold. We don't want you dropping the mug!

For those who want a challenge, we also offer a 1/8 inch depth handle for a precarious pinch. For this type of handle, cool or iced beverages are recommended. 

3 Sizes: 8, 12 and 16 oz.
 

 (small mug in hand for size reference) 

Where Would the Funding Go? 

Your funding will go a long way in helping to cover the upfront costs of starting production. The capital will be used to rent a work space as well as obtain the initial equipment and materials required to create the mugs. 

It is our hope that we would be able to keep up production even after the campaign ends and supply climbers around the world with a mug that they love.

Thank you very much for your support!

Timeline: 

The Rewards: 

 If you would like 2 or 3 mugs, just back the appropriate amount! (50 dollars for 2 Artist Mugs) Shipping remains at 5 dollars per order.

Risks and challenges

Based out of a small personal studio space, storage would be a constraint. To overcome that, the products will be released in batches according to the earliest backed orders. With small batches released each time, every shipment is a personal, intimate process from me to you.

With 5000 dollars of funding, there might not be enough funds to buy a kiln, and thus I would have to look for a space that would rent out their kilns. This might cause a problem and delay the delivery schedule, however, the deliveray date of December 2018 is one that is with large buffer time and I will almost pretty definitely get the mugs to you by then, if not earlier!

Thank you very much for your support!

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    Support Climbing and Craft!

    A thank you note personally written by me to you! A personal thank you if you live in Chicago and climb at First Ascent!

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    Small Pinch Mug

    For the perfect boost of tea and coffee!

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    Medium Pinch Mug!

    A regular mug for your caffeine needs. Everything in moderation!

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    Artist Mug!

    A mystery mug that can come in any shape, size, form or decoration according to the artist's inspiration! Do not fret, you are still guaranteed a super pinching experience!

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    Large Pinch Mug!

    A large coffee and tea mug. For intense pinching and a large dose of power.

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    4 Climber's Pinch Mugs! (S/M or Artist)

    4 mugs for the whole crew or family! (small, medium or artist mugs)

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    4 Pinch Mugs! (L)

    4 mugs for the whole crew or family! (large)

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Bulk Order!

    Bulk Order 50 mugs of your choice for the gym store!

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