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Bringing the beauty and excitement of the sea to your dinner table.
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Above: Prototypes of Dinner Plates (Horseshoe Crab, Octopus, Squid, and Jellyfish)
Above: Prototypes of Dinner Plates (Horseshoe Crab, Octopus, Squid, and Jellyfish)

Inspiration

Walking along an endless beach is where I love to be. As a young boy my family and I would spend magical summers along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Little shells, pools of small fish, and other treasures seemed to appear over every dune. Gulls sang and buoys rang near the harbor, while the vast lake seemingly never ended.

Later, when I moved to New England’s dramatic seacoast, and my love with the shore was solidified. It seems that salt air is, and always will be, in my blood.

Phoenix, Arizona is now my home. The beauty is incredible and inspirational, but I miss the sea. So, drawing these new plate designs has given me some great memories of my times at the shore, and I hope that you like them as much as I’ve enjoyed drawing them.

BRAND NEW! Above: Top left, Number dinner platter, upper right, saguaro plate, and below, a  small variety of custom design options. Many more to choose from.
BRAND NEW! Above: Top left, Number dinner platter, upper right, saguaro plate, and below, a small variety of custom design options. Many more to choose from.
Left, Manta Ray plate, and right, ahoy glass.
Left, Manta Ray plate, and right, ahoy glass.

My story

Like a lot of you, my family’s most cherished memories revolve around the dinner table. When I was young, sometimes dinner was the only time we all got together to catch up with my six brothers and sisters. When we do get together now, my family can’t wait to get into the kitchen to cook, try new recipes, drink some wine, laugh, and spend time together over our creations.

Above: A few plates from my existing collection.
Above: A few plates from my existing collection.

In 2007, using a small loan and personal credit cards, I introduced my first black and white dinnerware and glassware collection to celebrate those special times. Since that time my designs have been seen in over 50 home and lifestyle magazines, written about in numerous design blogs, and sold in amazing boutique stores all over the country and beyond. I feel like the luckiest guy to have these designs on tables all over the world.

Above: Prototypes of glassware (set of 4), prototype of Anchor serving plate, and pdf Whale prints.
Above: Prototypes of glassware (set of 4), prototype of Anchor serving plate, and pdf Whale prints.

How you can help?

With your support, I can finally get some of these new nautical-inspired designs manufactured. These designs could be produced with a quantity of about 50 plates for each design. Since I have produced one-color porcelain plates in the past, I am very aware of the process, and any potential problems for the production of food-safe plates.

The first order of business will be to have decals made specifically made for these designs. From experience, I know that about twenty designs of my artwork can fit on each decal made, but I have leaned how to fit more designs to make less waste, so I am hoping for a possibility of up to twenty four pieces of artwork fitting on the decals made. However, if this campaign is a success, I will will only be able to produce nine designs with the hope of saving the other decals for another production time.

Above: I draw my designs on the computer using the program, Adobe Illustrator. Here are a few drawings from my nautical “sketchbook’. Below: Squid sketches.
Above: I draw my designs on the computer using the program, Adobe Illustrator. Here are a few drawings from my nautical “sketchbook’. Below: Squid sketches.

After the decals are made, they are hand decorated (by one of my partner companies, Louisiana-based, Ceramic Treasures) onto porcelain plates that will be purchased from my long-time partner, Maryland China (in Baltimore adjacent-based business since 1910). Once samples of each of the nine designs are made, I will have sample pieces tested for lead by an accredited testing lab.

The decals take about two to three weeks to be produced and the hand decorating takes from four to six weeks to be completed (While the decals are made, plates will be purchased and sent to production). After the decals are adhered, they are kiln-fired. In the meantime, I will be checking on quality control with each partner sending samples via mail and photos via email. When everything is okay, all plates will be shipped here to Phoenix.

Of course, if all of your support is above and beyond my expectations, I could then get even more designs moving along and produced. So, even a one-dollar contribution would help this campaign.

Above: Prototypes of Ship, Old Salt, Whale, and Anchor little plates.
Above: Prototypes of Ship, Old Salt, Whale, and Anchor little plates.

What do you get?

With your support, I would like to offer you a variety of gifts that I hope you can treasure in your home for years to come. Getting them to you is my highest priority, as any support that you can provide is an amazing gift.

Above: Projected designs of prints that will be available as rewards.
Above: Projected designs of prints that will be available as rewards.
Above: Left, projected 4 card letterpressed pack, and right, 2 prints that will be available as rewards.
Above: Left, projected 4 card letterpressed pack, and right, 2 prints that will be available as rewards.

All of the gifts and artwork shown are prototypes only (except for the Number and Barbara plates), and may change slightly. My plate designs are shown in black, but may be produced as a navy blue color. I am trying to make sure that any blue that is used will be lead-free and more environmentally friendly (the black is lead-free), and want to make sure you have the best and safest product possible.

Above: Actual produced Number and Barbara dinnerware and sample of custom designed print made for you.
Above: Actual produced Number and Barbara dinnerware and sample of custom designed print made for you.

Other info

All dinnerware is imported with decals and hand decoration completed in Louisiana, U.S.A. The plates will be dishwasher and microwave safe. The inks will be lead-free. 

Thank you.

Risks and challenges

These plates are only shown as prototypes. They are illustrative images photoshopped on plates that I have used in the past for my actual products.
While these designs are just superimposed the artwork is almost completed, and only a little difference may occur. In addition, since the plate will be rounded on the edges, variation may occur.

The decals used are all lead-free, and in the past my designs pass through the lead-free lab with flying colors. If there any unusual reasons with lead, I will modify anything needed before releasing them to the public. If I have to modify, this may cause a week delay at most.

I’ve given my production team a generous schedule, and don’t see any potential problems or delays. Of course, the unexpected happens. I will keep all of you updated with an email and blog postings (jagmin.wordpress.com).

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    Yarr matey! Your support is appreciated, and I would love to thank you for your wonderful donation with a personalized emailed thank you, and a big shout out on twitter.

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    Anchors Aweigh, my friend. You are instrumental in keeping my business afloat. As a token of thanks, I will send you (via the good ole’ U.S. mail) a signed special post card perfect for framing.

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    Aye Aye Skipper! For your generous support, I will send you a thank you (via email), which will include a beautiful 8 1/2 x 11 inch whale print (in pdf format) that you can print out, frame, and hang on your wall.

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    Mahalo Hokuikekai. In Hawaiian it means, “Thank you, Star of the Sea”. In any language, I appreciate your support, and will be thrilled to email you a pair of wonderful whale prints. The pair are each 8 1/2 x 11 inches and when you print them out, are perfect to frame and hang in your seaside shanty.

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    If you love the sea, you might just love this limited (8 x 8 inch) print with a quote by Thomas S. Monson. It says it all: we can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” I can’t wait to send it over to you with the U.S. mail’s help.

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    Lieutenant, I salute you! For being such a leader, I will send you (via the U.S. mail) a beautiful one color, signed (octopus, squid, hammerhead shark, OR ship) print. Each print is 8 x 8 inches, and delivered right to your door. Please indicate which one you prefer.

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    At one time, this wine bottle may have ended up as sea glass, but now is beautiful recycled "ahoy" glass. It is a perfect size for a tall glass of rum or soft drink. Each glass is dishwasher safe. One glass.

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    For all of you landlubbers, I’d be honored to present you with a 7 1/2 inch Barbara plate, one of my most popular pieces from my Black and White Dinnerware Collection. A personalized nautical thank you note will be included for framing. These plates from a limited edition are almost gone, and will not be reissued.

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    Cap’n, you are a lifesaver. Four hand printed letter pressed cards will soon be coming your way. They are perfect for sending notes to your loved ones when you are far at sea. These cards will be printed by hand by my friends at Hazel and Violet in Phoenix

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    I’d like to give you a 21 gun salute to show you my appreciation for your support. I hope that this one first-edition dinner plate will do. These plates are dishwasher safe, made with lead-free ink, and microwavable. Choose one of the four shown (octopus, squid, horseshoe crab, or jellyfish). Each plate limited to 25 of each design. First come, first serve.

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    Maybe you aren’t a sea lover. Hard to fathom, but maybe you feel safer on dry land. If so, I have a desert-lover’s dream dinner plate. This 10 1/2 inch porcelain saguaro plate is perfect for a picnic among the cactus.

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    Thanks for answering my S.O.S. I will send over four (hammerhead shark, ship, squid, and octopus) 8 x 8 signed sea-life prints ready for framing. These beautiful creatures of the sea will look fantastic in your stateroom.

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    Yo Ho Ho! I toast you with these four glasses made from recycled wine bottles. In the past these bottles might have been thrown into the sea, but today with the help of Phoenix-based Refresh Glass, these bottles are carefully made into uniquely cool drinking glasses. Each glass is dishwasher safe.

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    If you have even more wall space in your Captain’s quarters, I will send over six (hammerhead shark, ship, squid, octopus, jellyfish and whale) 8 x 8 signed sea-life prints ready for framing. Your generous support is truly appreciated.

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    Like a lighthouse, you light the way, and your help will keep me steady and safe. I will send you a one-of-a-kind 10 x 10 inch nautical print with your personalized meaningful message or family for a one-of-a-kind art piece. Maximum 18 letters.

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    One of the most popular plates from my collection of dinnerware has been the 12 1/4 inch Number platter. If you have been wanting this piece, now is the time to save a couple of dollars, and support the upcoming collection at the same time. This limited edition design will be never be reproduced when sold out, so you might want to get it now, and help me out at the same time.

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    BRAND NEW REWARD! This new Manta Ray porcelain serving plate at 12 1/4 inches is the perfect size for a seafood feast on your yacht or in your tiny little shanty. Your support would swell my heart to be as big as the sea.

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    Thanks for your support, Sailor! As a gift, I would love to honor you with this 12 1/4 inch porcelain anchor platter. Not only will it look great with a fresh lobster atop, but would be perfect as a wall hanging. I will remind you to keep steady in any storm.

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    I am so thrilled that your support will help me produce these plates and as a thank you will be one of the first to own all four of these first-edition seaworthy appetizer entertaining plates. They include a ship, an old salt, a whale and an anchor.

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    These limited edition sea life (octopus, squid, horseshoe crab, and jellyfish) plates will bring a little bit of the sea to your dinner table. Your amazing support is the reason I can have these four designs produced. An ocean of thanks to you!

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    My number plates have been seen in over a dozen magazines including, House Beautiful, and Cooking Light, and also in dozens of home décor blogs such as Elle Decor and Gourmet. They were produced as a limited edition, and are almost gone. I will hold all eight of the dinner plates, and all eight of the little entertaining plates just for you.

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    Admiral, I salute you. Your support earns you a seat at the head of my table anytime. For your next stateroom dinner, you will receive all four of my new nautical dinner plates, four sea life plates, four glasses, and an anchor platter. With this amazing support, you might even be able to make more of my designs come to fruition.

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    BRAND NEW! I have designed plates for hotels, weddings, and special events. Now, I would like to make an amazing set of pieces for your home. I will custom design a unique and special serving set for your family. I would love to work with you, and show you some wonderful one-of-a-kind options to make your dining table an even more special experience. Please write me for details or questions. Please note that shipping is extra, and will have to billed separately, and can be delivered anywhere in the world.

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