With a round bottom, Wobble Bowls rock and spin but come right back up. Simple to set in motion, but surprisingly stable.
I designed, and began producing, the Wobble Bowls almost two years ago in my own small studio. I'm not a ceramicist--I'm a designer--but I've produced hundreds of them myself for sale at museum and design stores. Now, it's time to let someone else produce them, so I can get back to designing new products, market them (instead of just keeping up), offer larger quantities, and actually get out of the studio sometime.
And you can get one of the first production run of Wobble Bowls by supporting this project.
What's a Wobble?
Round-bottomed bowls, bright colors, three sizes, good for everything from your morning cereal to a big salad. The three sizes nest for storage (upside down, please), but why wouldn't you just leave them out since they look so nice?
Orange, blue, yellow; small, medium, large (~5, 7, 9" in diameter).
They're like toys that no one will make fun of you for.
Wobble Bowls were designed to bring the memory and experience of play to your grown-up tabletop with vibrant toy-like colors and movement. With round bottoms, they easily rock and spin, but with their low center of gravity and turn inward, they remain surprisingly stable and right themselves when tipped over.
I've talked to the guys, gotten the quotes, run the numbers, and am ready to outsource my production--not to some far-away factory, but to a production studio in Portland, OR. I'll give them the designs for all three sizes--and they'll make an original master mold, rubber mother molds, and from those, multiple plaster production molds for each size. Then they'll produce the bowls individually, using traditional slip-casting techniques.
They'll fire, glaze, and ship them to Speechless in Oakland, and we'll get them out to you, retailers, shows, and whoever falls in love with one.
Where's the Money Go?
Quality materials and expert labor. Because I'm choosing to have these made in the US, I'm paying for production by skilled craftsmen (and ladies). But I think it's worth it to sustain craft in the US, and get products that I don't have to worry about the quality or materials of.
I'm paying for multiple molds (master, mother, production) in each size, slip (clay), glaze, firing costs, shipping, and packaging. The cost of the molds alone is approximately $4,000, and the minimum first run will cost another $6,000. Add in shipping and packaging, and it's over $10,000 in costs just to get into production.
But, once the molds have been made, I can continue producing as many bowls as I need to meet demand and turn a small profit. Getting past this point completely changes what I can offer and builds a sustainable small, independent design business that supports an ecosystem of other small businesses, from production to retail.
What About You?
I want to make it easier to find more joy in your everyday life. I want to give you something you'll love, something unexpected, something that will make you feel happiness when you do one of those everyday things you don't even think about.
You can get bowls in all three sizes and colors. You can also get a set of bowls (small, medium, and large), multiples to use as gifts or just to decorate en masse. I'll also send out gifts for you throughout the year, if maybe you don't want to have to worry about forgetting your mom's, sister's, best friend from summer camp's, or dog's birthday again this year.
You can also get various expressions of gratitude (which come with every contribution no matter what), or a surprise Speechless piece. If you're more into experiences or need a designer's eye, I can also take you on a tour of design stores in SF or NYC.
That's a lot of choices--there must be something in there you want (I mean, since you're still reading).
Thanks, you. You really are great.
and thanks to
Switch Thomas. The king of big lenses, hypoallergic kittens, explosions FX, and snuggles.
Jon Sung. Writer of Songs, Righter of Wrongs, single. That song belongs to him.
And the rest of you.
- (30 days)