Handle & Kate
Handle & Kate
A designer and maker of ceramic door handles, produced sustainably and ethically in Sydney.
A designer and maker of ceramic door handles, produced sustainably and ethically in Sydney. Read more
The idea for Handle & Kate was born over several glasses with friends and family, chatting about everyone’s home renovations and their common quest for a lovely but attainably priced and sustainably made door handle.
My friends' stories inspired me to get to work. After many late nights, and with lots of help from my Handle & Kate community, we now have a discrete range of Sydney made, ceramic handles to choose from.
Here is how we went about making the ceramic parts of our range.
Below is the assembly of the components that make up your handle, including the plastic and metal parts.
We are now looking for the right metal and plastic partners to help us make the components that make your handle turn.
We would love you to join us on the next part of our journey at Handle & Kate, as we build demand for ethically and sustainably made door handles, by taking a look at our range, to see if there is a door handle that fits you or your family and friends.
To look at our range please review our handles below and once you have selected the handle for you follow the prompts to Pledge.
In the event that you don't find a handle for you, but you want to support Handle & Kate, you can Pledge for a lovely Australian made cotton canvas beach bag featuring the Handle & Kate logo or follow our journey on Instagram or Facebook.
Risks and challenges
Handle & Kate aspires to make beautiful door handles ethically and sustainably. That means using recycled materials where possible, local resources when it isn’t and always local makers.
Making a handle involves not just the design and casting of the ceramic handle but the manufacture of the spindle as well as the plastic components that allow the ceramic and steel to turn.
We have managed to; source local clay from the fantastic folks at Keane’s ceramics (we use J Cast slip from NSW's Central Coast), and utilise the amazing facilities of Kiln.it to fire the clay.
While there are Australian foundries who source and utilise recycled steel ingot it is difficult to find Australian suppliers of recycled ABS plastic (the stuff your car dashboard is made of).
It is also hard to find Australian businesses who can afford to partner with a made-to-order business like Handle & Kate because of the small scale of our orders.
Handle & Kate remains optimistic that the Kickstarter community will help us overcome our supply chain risks. By remaining patient for the delivery of your lovely door handles (estimated at 8-10 weeks from order) and investing 15% into the Handle & Kate business, as well as covering the costs of your handle, the Kickstarter community will help us reach our interim objective of sustainable sourcing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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