Shard Napkin Rings

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Ceramics Design Challenge Entry

Mari Ogihara slip-casts each napkin ring using a plaster mold. She then cuts patterns and adds color so each piece is one-of-a-kind. The napkin rings would retail for $45 each or $165 for a set of four.

Mari says, "I take enjoyment in dressing each shard with a couture decoration to fit its unique shape."

And we enjoy thinking about setting these napkin rings out at our next dinner party!
porcelain, glazes and underglazes
Mari Ogihara
Julia Marden, Community Organizer
Ceramics Design Challenge

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 02, 2011 11:30:41 AM

Mari Ogihara's handmade napkin rings earned a place in our Uncommon Ceramics Design Challenge thanks to their lovely texture, bold colors, and unique design. Are they ringers for the next round? Share your vote and let us know whether this design should be the next uncommon good.

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November 02, 2011 11:32:58 AM

I don't exactly like the price, but I understand since they are hand painted and all.

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November 02, 2011 12:05:18 PM

Too expensive.

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November 02, 2011 01:10:27 PM

whoa! $45 each is outrageous!

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November 02, 2011 01:44:45 PM

Exquisite work.


November 02, 2011 04:02:12 PM

these are different from any other napkin ring I have seen, quite intrigued :-)

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November 02, 2011 04:22:57 PM

I love the design and details but the price is way too high. Plus, who buys just 1 napkin ring? Maybe the price should be for a set of 2?

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November 02, 2011 05:04:57 PM

They're beautiful, but too pricey.

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November 02, 2011 05:42:15 PM

I like them, but not the price

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November 02, 2011 07:38:19 PM

I work in the handicrafts industry and can totally appreciate the time, work and talent that went into these. However, $45 each is pretty steep and I wouldn't pay it.

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November 02, 2011 09:48:39 PM

Pricey, but a very clever and unique idea.

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November 02, 2011 10:44:52 PM

Too expensive

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November 03, 2011 10:08:22 AM

They are lovely yet expensive.

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November 03, 2011 11:03:50 AM

I think this product is sophisticated and would make for a pretty looking table.

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November 03, 2011 11:52:45 AM

these are beautiful and the cost reflects the fact that they are hand painted, but too costly for my budget.

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November 03, 2011 02:01:06 PM

As an artist myself, I understand about the cost of materials and paying yourself a decent wage, but this is truly over priced!

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November 03, 2011 03:56:36 PM

not at all practical, they would break with the first use. combine this with the extravagant (for a napkin ring) price and it's a no-go for me.

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November 03, 2011 04:28:58 PM

Much too expensive.

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November 03, 2011 04:31:46 PM

too expensive!

Susan W.
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November 03, 2011 05:22:08 PM

Beautiful work!!!

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November 03, 2011 10:10:24 PM

too much, make it $30 and it is gonna sell

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November 06, 2011 01:29:56 PM

I actually thought these were cute, until I saw the price. I don't think the skill level or idea is profound enough to deserve that price.

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November 07, 2011 09:31:51 PM

I find these disturbing for some reason. Maybe it is the shiny coral/shell interior? Maybe the fish-scale lace color decoration? Not appetizing on my dinner table, though clearly the artist has talent.

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November 08, 2011 06:59:41 PM

They would have to be spectacular napkin rings to justify a price of $45.

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November 08, 2011 07:31:38 PM

they are really cool but i would never pay $45 for a napkin ring, even if it was solid gold.

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November 09, 2011 09:05:03 PM

Gorgeous but pricey.


November 11, 2011 06:44:44 PM

I like these and they are handmade but I wonder if you will sell very many at this price point. How much is the average person willing to spend on napkin rings?


November 14, 2011 12:06:31 PM

I thought this was $45 for a set of four - that I could see, but $165 for a set of four? Crazy.


November 14, 2011 10:08:15 PM

A little pricy for ceramic napkin rings


November 15, 2011 12:38:42 PM

WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!!!! If they were $30-$45 per set of four I would buy them... But do they come in other colors?


November 19, 2011 12:29:56 PM

They look a lot like seafood. I'd buy them if I owned a beach house.

thanks for commenting