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Help fulfill the dream of translating my ocean paintings into high quality "functional art" putting a bright spot on the dinner table.
Kickstarter fulfilled the dream of translating my ocean paintings into high quality "functional art". We moved it OUT of the garage... into a WAREHOUSE! And are blowin' and goin'!!!
Kickstarter fulfilled the dream of translating my ocean paintings into high quality "functional art". We moved it OUT of the garage... into a WAREHOUSE! And are blowin' and goin'!!!
124 backers pledged $35,488 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU, Backers, for your support. We crossed the $30,000 goal on Christmas Day! Good Timing!

Now that :

  • I can order my dinnerware blanks
  • I can set up my silk screen process for the images

I have two new stretch goals:

Stretch Goal 1: additional $10,000 =$40,000 total

 One year rent money for warehouse

  • can't fit the dishes in the garage!
  • can do the firings away from the house
  • I will be able to put my car in my garage

Stretch Goal 2: additional $10,000 for $50,000 total

Olympic Kiln plus electric needed to get it working plus "kiln furniture"

  • now that I have a warehouse, I have a place fo a professional kiln
  • fires three times the amount of my current kiln
  • front stacking, rather than having to lean over and stack shelves

I really appreciate all your help.  Please share this with your friends. Tell them that you backed my project, and ask them to take a look at it.

NEW $250 REWARD:

Set of FIFTEEN Tidbit trays - $125 Less than after Kickstarter
Set of FIFTEEN Tidbit trays - $125 Less than after Kickstarter

Here is how the story begins:                                                           

This dinnerware began as a request. In the winter of 2012, Tom Hazel, the manager of the Abaco Inn, had a firm vision of me creating a large set of dinnerware with my fish on them that could be auctioned off to raise money for the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in the Bahamas. This was the winter of 2012. I thought he had completely lost his mind. I was a painter, not a potter!

The idea soon latched onto my brain and would not let it go. A year later, in February of 2013, after hours of research and lots of money, I delivered 48 pieces of dinnerware to Tom on the morning of the auction.

Their reception was incredible, Tom raised a ton of money, and my husband started thinking that dinnerware might not be that bad an idea after all. 

It's been almost two years since I began dabbling in dinnerware, and I have come to the point where I need to ramp it up, or abandon it completely. And, ramping up means cash.  

I have already completed the design work for the entire first collection, and fired them numerous times working out the kinks:  Are they the right size? Is this the right temperature?  Will these plates work?  Will these designs complement each other? In other words, 

I AM READY TO GIVE BIRTH TO MY CREATIONS 

 

Why I need your help is below… but why don't you take a break from reading for a minute and take a look at the rewards…

$1 REWARD: Get me a gift store, I'll get you a mug

$2 REWARD: Find me an awesome webmaster and you'll get a platter.

                                
                      

$40 REWARD pick one Mini Giclee (there are 100 plus to choose from):

                                                 

$100 REWARD:

12 Dipping Dishes (mug not included, that is to show you the size).
12 Dipping Dishes (mug not included, that is to show you the size).
They will be like the other mugs, only BIRDS
They will be like the other mugs, only BIRDS
                                           
             

 A new backer unknown to me before KS:

We had Christmas dinner on your wonderful set...they are exceptional.

Thanks 

Todd

   
         
                                                   

$40,000 Stretch goal

Warehouse space
Warehouse space

$50,000 Stretch Goal

Industrial Kiln plus electric work
Industrial Kiln plus electric work

 Why I need your help:

  • I do not need Kickstarter to fund 100% of my project.  So far, I have invested over $20,000 on developing the prototype: equipment, porcelain blanks, printing, digital design, etc.  I have a budget for dinnerware expenses in 2014 which I have in my savings account to use if I can fund this project through Kickstarter.  So, as you can see, I am not putting all of the financial responsibility on YOU.
  • I currently use branded restaurant dishes for my blanks. I've picked out my favorite shapes, sizes and weights, but unless I buy direct from a factory I will have to live with another brand on the back next to my name.  That's cool, I like Ten Strawberry Street, but it would be so much cooler if it was just me.
  • I currently use digital technology to put my images on the dinnerware. This works OK, it looks OK, but oh oh oh it would be such a higher quality dish if I could afford to silkscreen the images rather than digitally print them.  Silkscreening involves four color processing… do you remember that?
  • IN ADDITION, using the silkscreening process would be an incredibly SAFER process for my artist helpers since our current technique involves spraying aerosol, vaporized GLASS.
  • Now that I will have about 12,000 dishes heading my way, I need warehouse space to put them, as well as the finished pieces when they come out of the kiln.
  • I want to add an industrial kiln to make firing easier on the back as well as handle the higher volume of firing.
  • I need your help with referrals of great coastal boutiques that will carry my dishes.

Here's something from Bekki R., owner of The Wayward Garden in Stone...... NJ:

 "It's sometimes hard to find new and interesting products for my little eclectic store. When I found out Kim Rody was doing dinner ware, I was so excited. I am long time fan of Kim, to me this was the next natural step for her. "

Big Thank You's to my TEAM!!!

Joseph Kuzma and Mark Carver 

Video Created by NoLimit3DProduction LLC

They are working hard to be recognized as the leader in GoPro photography and video, 3D technology (Stereoscopic 3D, Augmented Reality and Lenticular 3D) and high impact social media driven videos on the Treasure Coast and beyond. 

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Mark Kopp, my rock

Heidi and Shawn Fay, benefactors, collectors and friends

Samantha Nagel, right hand man. er, woman.

Charisee Warrington, left hand woman.

Anna Leehey, social butterfly

Ashley Sands, editor in chief

Danielle Sabatini, designer extraordinaire

Schooner (She's laying on the ground in the video, basking in her role.)

Risks and challenges

Your funding will get me the quality components I need to order at the quantity I need them to attain adequate economies of scale.

HOWEVER, I have been working on a plan to address the following very important issues:

I discovered if one were to buy porcelain china directly from the factory, you have to order about 2000 of each piece. That's a lot of dishes! And, even though you get a great price break, once you multiply it by the thousands of pieces you have to order it is a pretty big number.

The problem is that the startup costs for silkscreening these images are outrageous, and instead of printing one or two at a time, I would have to print in volume. The GOOD part is the OVERALL cost would drop in the long run, but that would mean a lot of Ramen noodles for dinner for a number of years if I was on my own. Not that I don't like Ramen noodles.

The ship that the container is on could sink. That would push off the timing of getting your reward.

And really, there are not a lot more road blocks. I have saved money I have made from selling paintings to get the project this far, and to do all of the OTHER things one must do to make cool dinnerware and share it with the world: packaging, distribution, logistics, my new kiln. And, I have a lot of help, especially my wonderful husband who (most of the time) supports my crazy ideas, along with my two artists: Sam and Charisee.

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR MONEY IF WE DON'T HIT THE TARGET
Kickstarter is all or nothing so if we don't hit $30,000 by the 9th of January, your card won't be charged and we won't receive any money pledged. But, that ain't gonna happen.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Now that I am going to be firing thousands and thousands of dishes with all this startup money, I need unique wonderful gift shops to carry them. A MUG FOR YOU if you hook me up with a very cool and classy gift store that ends up making a wholesale purchase. Maybe you even HAVE one of these very cool gift shops yourself!!! (Coastal, hint hint). I can't wait to meet you. xx

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    There's a PLATTER with your name on it when you introduce me to my incredible new webmaster. She/he has to be a wiz at wordpress, especially all that back door psychobabble that I cannot figure out. I've got some real bugs going on. They will take a look at my site, rody.com, and know exactly what needs to be done to make it stellar, and do it fast and in a most excellent manner. Plus, I will pay them. When we work all of that out, I'll send you your platter.

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    Every cheerleader at every level will receive a personal thank you note from Kim on one of her fish, turtle or tropical landscape note cards. ALSO: a big THANK YOU on the Rody Backer page. Updates as the project progresses. PLUS: start your year out right with Kim's 2014 Annual Calendar featuring Kim's Latest "Ocean Reef" painting.

    One page calendar, 11X17" shows entire year so you can keep track of the days. Plus, handy reference to Rody website right there at your desk to provide entertainment when you get bored at work and want to surf instead of finishing that important report.

    Shipped to you in a tube so, no wrinkles!

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    We have a limited number of NOTECARDS PACKS that are READY TO SHIP AS SOON AS WE FUND: HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Choose ONE of any of these SIX different note card collections with images Kim is using for her dishes:
    1) Turtle Series
    2) Abaco Series
    3) Navigator Series
    4) Tangled Up Series
    5) Majestic Series
    and for those of you who are already tired of FISH:
    6) Mountain Debut Series.
    Each box comes with 8 individual cards and envelopes, blank inside. You can see them here: http://www.rody.com/artwork/note-cards.

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    FUND US EARLY SO WE CAN GET YOU THESE BY CHRISTMAS! And, get a deal while you are at it. Kim's own "mini-giclees" at a very special price. (They sell for $48). We have gotten some ready to ship as soon as we hit our goal. Choose from six of her popular turtle images that she is using on her new dinnerware. (pictures below). They come with their own little easel for display, and a hook on the back if you prefer to hang on the wall. These little lovelies are printed canvas stretched around little bars. Only 36 mini turtles are available at this Kickstarter special. You'll be able to tell me which turtle you want on your survey.

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    Mini Giclees - hundreds to choose from. You can see them all at rodyminis.com, or scroll down at the left. $8 less than their regular price, plus no domestic shipping, so pick one out!

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    PROTOTYPES ARE PACKAGED AND READY TO SHIP. HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! We have 9 "Sweet Lips Triptych" Tri Dishes, and 10 "Golden Trio" Tri Dishes, so much fun for serving appies! If you want one right away, here is your chance.

    The great thing about the dishes is that they are microwave, oven, dishwasher and food safe.

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    Tri Dishes.... but NOT in time for Christmas. Give us a little while (like the month of January) and we will fire you either our "Goldfish Trio" tri dish (complete with fishfood!) or our sweet little "Sweet Lips" tri dish. OR.... wait for the REAL MCCOYS sometime in the spring. Just like a normal Kickstarter project where you have to WAIT. Up to you.

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    PROTOTYPES ARE PACKAGED AND READY TO SHIP. HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Set of Four square mugs: turtle, snappers, lobster and dolphin. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Let that turtle greet you "good morning" as your coffee descends.

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    NEW BIRD MUGS - set of four. Pelicans, Abaco parrots, white egret and seagull (old bird at the beach). I've got OLD BIRD prototype perfected, but will be designing and firing the other three in January. Similar to the other mug set, only these will be sea birds. Get yours in February, or wait until spring for the "Real McCoys" (see FAQ below).

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    ONE DOZEN little dipping dishes…. 2.75" across with little fishies in them. Great for curry dinner extravaganzas, sushi parties, butter for your lobster. Available at $10 apiece, you would be getting an additional two plus your shipping. Twelve dishes, all different. Unless you want them all the same, we're easy. Available as prototypes or Real McCoys (see FAQ below).

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    PROTOTYPES ARE PACKAGED AND READY TO SHIP. HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! 15" X 7" rectangular shaped porcelain platter with one of these images: Lobster, Marlin, Turtle, or another Turtle. Pledge early so you can get your pick. (see pictures below). Five of each image are available to ship before Dec 20 AFTER FUNDING.
    Microwave, dishwasher, oven and food safe. These are prototypes, and are on the shelf ready to go when we get our green light. Retail price after production will be $135.

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    FUND US EARLY SO WE CAN GET YOU THESE BY CHRISTMAS! 18" oval platters: "Ole' Mutton", "The Mighty Hog" and "Peacock Flounder" (pictures below). We have two of each of these prototypes that can get to you by Christmas when we fund. Dishwasher, Microwave and Oven proof.

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    You have a choice. We can fire and send you a prototype platter before the end of February, or you can wait until SPRING and get the "REAL McCOYS"…. the REASON for this KS! (see FAQ's below). One brand: Kim Rody. Newer and better imaging process. Essentially the same designs though: 18" oval platters: "Ole' Mutton", "The Mighty Hog" and "Peacock Flounder" (pictures below). Dishwasher, Microwave and Oven proof. On January 9, the price reverts to $195, plus shipping.

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    SURPRISE ME!!!!
    Kim will send you a "care box" chock full of goodies that will far exceed your pledge of $250. Leave it to her to make your day with a mix of the following: porcelain pieces, note cards, canvas giclees, etc. She will pack each box with tender loving care, based on the "subject matter" you provide on your end of funding survey. How fun is that????

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    Set of fifteen 5" tidbit dishes, each with a different colorful image: lobsters, fish and turtles! They will retail for $25 EACH… so you would be saving $125 on the set if you back me in these last three days.
    Thanks!

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    PROTOTYPES ARE PACKAGED AND READY TO SHIP. HELP MAKE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS! Oh my gosh, we only have 8 prototype SETS left: 16 Piece Place Settings; the whole kit and caboodle! See the picture with all 16 unique pieces. $500 and you get all four collections: Snappers, Lobsters, Fishies and Turtles. Four pieces in each set: Dinner plate, salad plate, bowl and square mug. (Isn't that math mind boggling?) Delight your company, mix and match, have fun! They will retail at $695 once they go into production so save some money!

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    The whole kit and caboodle. You have a choice. We can fire and send you a prototype set before the end of January, or you can wait until SPRING and get the "REAL McCOYS"…. the REASON for this KS! (see FAQ's below). One brand: Kim Rody. Newer and better imaging process. Essentially the same design though: 16 Piece Place Settings; See the picture with all 16 unique pieces. All four collections: Snappers, Lobsters, Fishies and Turtles. Four pieces in each set: Dinner plate, salad plate, bowl and square mug. (Isn't that math mind boggling?) Delight your company, mix and match, have fun! They will retail at $695 after this KS so save some money! Do you want them soon, or do you want to wait for the "REAL McCOY"?

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    Canvas Giclee of "The Ocean Reef" 54" X 24" printed on canvas, stretched around all sides on medium stretcher bars ready to hang at a special KS price. Lots of critters hiding in the reef, and soon to be on dishes! Again, you must love it or you have to send it back. It is that pretty.

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    Design your own platter. Choose your shape, size, image (one of Kim's, of course). Mull over dinnerware catalogs. Work with Kim over the phone, through email, or in person if she happens to flit by your location per chance. You get to pick where the image goes, how big it is and which way goes up. After all of this fun, the platter will be named after YOU! Or after your wife if that helps you out in any way.

    Kim will keep you in the loop on exactly how she creates her pieces, but shhhh! don't tell anybody! It took her a long time to figure it all out!

    ANOTHER BONUS: Kim will gift five of your friends with the end result, YOUR PLATTER, shipping them gift wrapped to your lucky friends. Um, don't forget to send one to yourself, btw.

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    Gourmet Dinner on Fish Plates with the artist and her husband. You and two other couples (and us!) will have a spectacular dinner in your locale of choice: Stuart, Florida, Hope Town, Bahamas, or Fairview, NC. You have to make it there. After dinner, Kim will wash the eight four piece settings and pack them up for you to take home. Plus, a platter! This reward is for you and 5 more of your peeps. We'll pick the date after we get our funding!

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    "The Haul", an ORIGINAL painting - 30X40", acrylic on canvas of Bahamians doing a traditional "haul" for ballyhoo. Check out the video.... this is the painting that Kim is working on! $1000 less than Kim's regular price for this size painting.

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    Weekend in Hope Town with the artist.
    Are you wondering where Kim gets her inspiration? She will fly you and your guest from either Fort Lauderdale OR West Palm Beach (you have to get to one of those) to Marsh Harbour in the Abacos, get you over to Elbow Cay in some kind of water vehicle (it's an island)! Pay for one room of lodging at the wonderful Abaco Inn for three nights (you can extend your stay on your own if you like, it is recommended!).
    Tag along with Kim and Captain Plug with one of his packages: "Conch Salad Experience", or "A day in the boat, Local Style". You'll go free diving (this does NOT involve tanks) and have a stab at shooting pictures or lobsters. Ever gone hand lining with a Bahamian? Plug is your man. Another day, take a sail on the locally famous Abaco Rage, a Bahamian racing sloop. We also have a 41' Tartan sailboat if you'd like to go on a relaxing day sail instead. You'll get to see first hand where Kim gets her inspiration, and how she feeds herself (fish, conch and lobster.) This should be a pretty fun time. Airfare for two on Silver Airlines from South Florida, lodging for three nights, and many wonderful activities. Other expenses are up to you (trip extension, food, beverages). The weather is best in the spring, however you can plan your trip any time between Jan 5 - April 20, 2014. *****ADD $1000 and get two of your friends to come with you and knock down that per person cost! 2 more airplane tickets, 1 more hotel room, ALL THE FUN. Upgrade your pledge to $6000 and bring it on. Email me if you need help with this.

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    Kim Rody specializes in underwater reef paintings. Your gift for this level is a large (up to 3600 square inches) acrylic on linen canvas original painting.

    Collaborate with Kim as she begins your work of art. After sharing your ideas, she will dive the crystal waters of the Bahamas with her camera with your vision in mind. She will consult you concerning size, subject, composition, colors and creatures you would like to see in your painting.

    Upon your approval, she would like you to pick a sea creature out of your painting, and she will use it to design your own special piece of dinnerware which will bear your name. This will be shipped to you after a successful firing.

    This is an incredibly generous and valuable action on your part. For centuries, artists have relied on benefactors to support their visions, dreams and works of art. Your act of faith is important in so many ways and appreciated more than you will ever know.

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Funding period

- (35 days)