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Terra-bly Delightful Design

September 22, 2011

Ed. note: Next month we’re hosting a ceramics design challenge here at UncommonGoods, and we can’t wait to see all your beautiful, clever and unique creations. But ceramics can be a somewhat broad category. If you’re wondering what sorts of product entries we’re looking for– well, would it be fair to say everything? We love pottery and ceramics– plates, cups, vases, decorative objects, all of it. Especially pieces that make you start talking. And there’s no doubt that Michael Terra’s designs are conversation starters.

If you’re a frequent reader of our blog, check out our product stories, or subscribe to our emails, you’ve probably noticed that we don’t shy away from wordplay. So, when we heard that ceramicist Michael Terra’s new products were taking puns to the another level–the third dimension–we couldn’t resist.

“I like looking at what everyone else is doing and then look in another direction and look at what no one else is looking at,” Michael explains. “I love puns at any time, and as I was thinking about word conversions I realized that there was a multiple way of seeing/hearing the sounds of language that we use everyday.”

His Writer’s Block and Ceramic “Reading” Glasses play on the multiple ways we see and hear language.

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Design

Warm Wishes

August 16, 2011

Pica said: “Love this, and think it would make a great hostess gift for my bread baking friends!”

Susan said: “Great item, great price! This is the kind of thing that makes a great gift or purchase for my own use. A really useful item!”

This terra cotta bread warmer lets you have restaurant-style warm bread right at your own dinner table. Pop the warmer in the oven for 10 minutes to bring it to the right temperature, then stick it in the bottom of your bread basket for soft, warm slices.

Would you give this bread warmer to friends, keep it in your own kitchen, or both? Leave your answer in our community voting app, and see what voters are saying about this and other potential new goods.

Design

This Just In: Avocado Salt & Pepper Shakers

August 5, 2011

Elizabeth said: “It’s so cool and green! Love it!”

Alice said: “Fun! And made in the USA! I can see it in a fruit basket on the table!”

Janishare great!ey said: “This is a great item, too cute. I know someone who collects salt and pepper shakers. I will have to tell them about these.”

Handmade in Brooklyn by Daina Platais, each salt (the pit) and pepper (the fruit) shaker is modeled after an actual avocado. Elizabeth, Alice and Janishare helped us add a little spice to our lineup by voting for this adorable avocado. You can help us choose our next great new product by sharing your feedback in our community voting app!

Design

Too Cool

August 1, 2011

Corkcicle

Julie said: “PERFECT!!! I have a shower next month – hope its available!! Cant wait to buy one-or two!”

John said: “What a great idea, no more ice bucket or ceramic chiller.”

What’s one part icicle and one part cork? The latest addition to our voting app, Corkcicle. This cool wine bottle stopper looks like a frosty stick of ice, but it’s actually BPA-free plastic filled with a reusable freeze gel. Just pop it in the freezer for two hours before use, then insert it into a chilled bottle of wine after you’ve poured the first glass or two. Like ice, it will keep your drink chilled. Unlike ice, it won’t melt and water down your favorite wine.

Could Corkcicle be the perfect companion for your favorite Riesling? Would a Chardonnay fan in your life love to get Corkcicle as a gift? Visit our community voting app to let us know whether you think this quirky cork is perfect for UncommonGoods!

Design

Chop, Slice, Dash & Dice

July 31, 2011

Kylene said: “This is an adorable idea…this coming from someone who is definitely OCD! I love it.”

This beechwood cutting board is precisely marked to make sure your ingredients are cut to just the right proportions. You may not know the difference between a pinch and a dash off the top of your head, but thanks to this brilliant board, you won’t have to let that stop you from creating your next culinary masterpiece.

Do you agree with Kylene? If you can’t wait to start chopping pristine pieces of celery, mincing garlic to perfection and dicing onions like a pro, visit our community voting app and tell us you love the OCD Cutting Board.

Design

Hand-Forged and Handy

July 14, 2011

Our buyers are busy building a great assortment of products. Are these Hand-Forged Bottle Openers the right tools for the job? The heavy-duty utensils look and feel like the pincers, pliers, hammer and wrench which inspired them. If you’d like to see these cast iron openers in our lineup, visit our Community Voting App and let us know!

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