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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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