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Peer deep into the darkness within The Cask of Amontillado Barrel Mug, a 5in tiki mug inspired by my love for Edgar Allan Poe's timeless story, complete with artifacts and ephemera. Edition of 1000+
The production edition funded by this Kickstarter campaign will probably be in the 5in, 22oz neighborhood, and will come in a matte, wiped brown glaze.
The limited edition mugs available at the higher donor levels (probably fewer than 20 will be made altogether) will be the same size, but will be hand glazed in multi step, multi tone process. All mugs will be high-fired ceramic, food and alcohol safe; ready for you to carry through the heights of the Carnival season.
The mug has been designed, modeled, and sculpted using Space Age Technology (a 3D model and printed prototype). (see below to see some of the workup to this point).
After funding is successful, the master sculpt will go to the factory. Production turnaround is 120 days, so I should begin shipping these out in Sept.
In addition the mug, I've embellished the collection with additional backstory and artifacts, including a custom Secret Decoder Ring!
The master sculpt is already made, we have prototyped several of our rewards (t-shirts, lesser sinister mystery gift, wine labels) and actually produced period-accurate, wearable masks. I've been studying the history of cryptography lately and will be incorporating ciphers and encoded messages into backstory updates and collateral for our collective amusement. (It's not just a mug, it's a quest...I really shouldn't have read "Ready Player One" when researching Poe.)
Barrel style mugs are a staple of any Polynesian palace; ours hearkens back to the area of Spain known for brewing Amontillado by the pipe...perhaps thence to end up in Montressor's cellar....or yours.
At a very young age (maybe 8?) I was given an unexpurgated collection of popular tales by Edgar Allen Poe. This has had a lifetime effect on my spelling, and general style of writing. My favourite story was "The Black Cat," which is really a pretty brutal thing for a second grader. For years as a teen I planned to draw an illustrated collection of Poe's stories. When moving last year I found my old sketchbooks... you can imagine the rest, really. While studying winemaking, Carnival, and murder for this collection, I learned about Poe's fascination with cryptography (a subject I too am really interested in). Can you guess the cryptographic clues into most (or all) of my rewards and this page itself?
(The prototype is unglazed, and a wiped glaze is difficult to describe, but the effect will be similar to that show here)
As I said, I have completed the master, prototyped some of the rewards, explored backstory details, and prepped stretch goals for when we hit our funding. This project will send this mug through to production and let us tell our story about it.
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What were some of the 1000 injuries inflicted upon Montressor by the roguish Fortunato? Perhaps our unreliable narrator wasn't so unreliable.
As incentive, and as heartfelt thanks, the rewards are not just cunning bits of practical design (masks, coasters, etc), but all of the rewards house clues and hints about the mug, plus some other fun details.
Since E.A.Poe was an enthusiastic fan of cryptography, some of our backer updates and details will be released in encoded forms. I will be posting all kinds of information about creating the mug, short videos, hints about the backstory, and whatever else I think of as updates through out the Kickstarter, so stay tuned! Really, my hope is to get these in the hands of people who will enjoy them!
After funding is successful, we will send the prototype on its journey to have molds made. Time from signing the paperwork to having the mugs in hand should be less than 150 days, so I should begin shipping these out in September.
May 3 - Kickstarter Closes
May 15 - Funding clears, all collateral ordered, prototype sent for production run molding
Aug. 21 - (estimated) production completed, mugs in transit
Sept. 15 - (estimated) mugs in hand in Atlanta
Mostly because these look fun...
10 #1000Injuries Tweets 25 #1000Injuries Tweets
10 pictures with any of our mugs on instagram
10 pin and decode puzzles
5 video recordings of people toasting "Tua vita lunga!"
More of these coming!
10 Achievements = I will release the recipe from the hints and history card early as a private update
25 Achievements = A dramatic reading of The Cask of Amontillado by yours truly
The Cask of Amontillado Barrel Mug was conceived and sketched by Jonathan M. Chaffin, an Atlanta-area graphic designer who has lived with this project every day for about the last year and a half, designing things, researching typefaces, and running down production costs etc. After successfully launching two other tiki mug Kickstarters and fulfilling their Kickstarter obligatons, Jonathan and his wife Allison launched and maintain www.horrorinclay.com
jonathanmchaffin.carbonmade.com has a brief overview of my professional work.
This mug couldn't have gotten as far as it has without the hard work of some very talented collaborators.
The team at Tiki Farm helped with translating the design into the 3d prototype featured here, and will shepherd the mug through the overseas production process. There are many more people I'd like to thank for many more reasons; here are some.
My pal Andrew Bones collaborated with me to design Montressor's "Bauta" style carnival mask. A carnival mask suitable for wearing or display that is sturdy, that fits my huge noggin, and that I can wear whilst drinking a rumbustion from a barrel mug? Sign me up! Andrew (who goes by "Bones" loves to make monsters! He's worked at a fine art bronze casting foundry for 10 years, so he works on art all day 24/7.
Rob Hawes is a talented ceramicist in Hawaii who does the best deluxe wood-grain glazes I know. He's graciously agreed to handing the production of variant glaze editions for the Cask of Amontillado Barrel Mug. Rob is a trained Graphic Designer (CSU Chico) with a studio art minor. He's been living on Maui for the last quarter century and making tiki mugs himself for the last five years. (I collect his stuff, like the mugs he makes for Tacoma Cabana). TikiRob says the best place to see his work is
DeTiki - If you keep up with my antics (for some reason) you've no doubt seen me rocking my DeTiki shirt...it's because Justin and Sarah are some of my fav tiki Ohana (Justin is a wicked talented carver) and fellow Witco collectors. One of the awesome things DeLand Tiki creates are custom bar boxes. Since the concept of this mug calls to mind old crates and barrels I wanted to get some funky woodgrain going, and DeTiki fits the bill to a "T".
Paul Pape specializes in the design and fabrication of custom collectibles; I first saw his decoder ring design because a couple that received one as a promo had it recreated IN GOLD. The quality, function, and look is THAT GOOD. He also creates damn near anything using modeling, CNC, and other techniques. Paul has created thousands of personalized collectibles for clients all over the world. Want to have a custom figure of you frozen in carbonite? A cake topper that looks just like you? Better call Paul.
• Most of all, thank you to my wife Allison and to our daughter who are pretty used to this "living with boxes of ceramics" thing, and who are going to have to live with me in a world of boxes again if this works. Also to all of you lovely people who love this stuff the way I do.
• To Pauli, who is one of my staunch supporters from the beginning of this mad journey. (He's also willing to don a certain mask and Elvis costume on my behalf from time to time, and plays with the Vauxhall Garden Variety Players).
• To Josh Perez, for helping me put together the video! Josh is a designer, and is also a YouTube producer and videographer.
• To Carol, for cartographic assistance and for being an awesome minion.
• To Alex, Jamie, and Pynk for copy-editing and general cussedness.
• To Jason Alexander of Tacoma Cabana and Matt "Cocktailwonk" Pietrek for most excellent notes on the cocktail for this mug!
• Thanks to the BookHouse Pub and anywhere else that still serves tiki drinks the right way: in a frosty ceramic mug.
Risks and challenges
Before I get into the challenges, please realize that my wife and I have done this twice before with great success; we believe in transparency, in responsiveness, and in delivering a quality product.
• The master sculpt could require slight redesign if there is a problem molding it; shouldn't be an issue as we partnered with Tiki Farm for production and they are masters at this sort of thing.
• Lead time could go long due to monstrous intervention; we have successfully delivered on two Kickstarters very similar to this before. We provide constant updates, and have also set our delivery time using our familiarity with the production of ceramics.
• What about shipping? We go overboard with shipping...we use lots of peanuts and a large box. As a mug collector I have suffered the agony of unwrapping a shoebox full of dust from a long anticipated mug...I will not let that happen.
• Why are you showing an unglazed prototype? Since high fire and low fire glaze colors vary slightly, and since the wiped off glaze will vary slightly for each mug, we wanted to show the design and not a single example (although as the limited editions are finished we will post group pictures). The pictures of glaze examples above will show generally what the effect will look like...dark brown in the lower areas, bone/natural in the high places.
• In order of percentage, funds will be used for:
Mold, glaze, production fees for production run
Glaze, firing, and shipping fees for domestic limited edition mugs
Cost of rewards (and any stretch goals attained)
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