Matt Kennedy is an ambitious young product designer graduating this year from the University of Oregon. Besides being an awesome intern for our Portland-based Hand-Eye Supply store, Matt established a small studio two years ago called port rhombus design that explores the intersection of craft practices and digital tools.
Help Matt launch his product design studio by realizing a first edition production run of his beautifully crafted "digital ceramics." In his pitch video, Matt gives us an incredibly articulate pitch on the importance of supporting independent designers as well as the way home manufacturing can push the boundaries of design.
"I believe that cottage industry production will lead to more meaningful, responsible, and unique product innovations in the near future," Kennedy explains. "The advent of affordable home manufacturing machines can propel indepdendent designers and craftsmen capabilities, as well as level the playing field for larger manufacturers who arent always as responsible or innovative in their practices."
With the help of backers, Matt will be able to setup a small slipcasting studio so that he can produce the first run of his digital ceramics himself. For $35 get a beautiful 6" cupped hexagon tray (above) or for $40 receive his Spheres Tray (below). One of the more unique pledge levels we've seen is Matt's $650 personalized design/build consultation where he will design, CNC mill a mold, cast, glaze and fire a 12-piece series for you!
Help Matt buy a kiln, kiln furniture and mixer. We're hoping that with the Core77 community's support, we'll catapult him over his goal of $3200 and push him towards his dream of being a full-service digital ceramic design and production studio, replete with a desktop CNC mill and a Hobby Laser Cutter.
Pledge to his Kickstarter Project today!