Josiah - Ceramic Bluetooth Speaker
Josiah is the symbiosis between old and new industry – wireless audio streaming, interactive touch surfaces and Bluetooth tap pairing technology housed in ceramic casing.
Each Josiah speaker is handcrafted by traditional artisans in the English potters’ capital of Stoke-on-Trent. Ceramics have been produced in the area since the 17th century and the casing for Josiah is made in the very same way that plates and teapots have been crafted there for hundreds of years.
Operate by touch
Buttons and flashing lights, too common in wireless speakers, were replaced by touch sensors and soft notification tones. With the features of a state-of-the-art audio product and the characteristics of a classic artifact, we believe Josiah is truly unique.
Charge for 2 hours, play for 9
Josiah has all you need to enjoy music in the bathroom, kitchen or study. It is not over-functional or over-complicated. Up to nine hours of playing time on the rechargeable battery frees Josiah from wires, and its Bluetooth receiver picks up the audio signal of your mobile device from a distance of up to fifteen metres. We collaborated with electronics experts and audio engineers to design a sound system that would best suit the material. Buttons and flashing lights, too common in wireless speakers, were replaced by touch sensors and soft notification tones. With the features of a state-of-the-art audio product and the characteristics of a classic artifact, we believe Josiah is truly unique.
H 15cm, W 25cm, D 10cm
15W full range speaker
Output level: 80-100 dB
Rechargeable Lithium battery
NFC for tap Bluetooth paring with supporting devices
Capacitive touch sensors for On/Off and Volume control
Bluetooth v3, range of up to 15 metres in open space
Making the ceramic body
It all starts with clay dug up in Cornwall, England. Four hours north, in Stoke-on-Trent the clay is processed into slip (liquid clay for casting). After making sure the slip has the correct pint weight and fluidity it's cast into plaster moulds, allowing just the right time for the cast to form in the mould to just the right thickness. Once hardens in the mould, the cast shrinks away from the plaster and can then be carefully taken out of the mould to dry. An expert then uses a sharp fettling knife to take off the seams and rough edges around the cut outs then sponges the entire surface to ensure it is smooth and fault free. The dry clay speaker is then put into the kiln for the first firing. This firing takes 11 hours and reaches a temperature of 1150º. After allowing the kiln to cool the piece is taken out and checked for any defects. Any particles and dust are removed from the fired surface by brush and dust extraction. The next stage is glazing – the entire surface is sprayed with liquid glaze to the correct thickness and coverage. When dry, the glaze leftovers are wiped off and the speaker is ready for the second kiln firing. This takes approximately 8 hours and reaches a temperature of 1060º. After the second firing the kiln is allowed to cool down and the piece is taken for final inspection and checked for defects. All good products are carefully wrapped and boxed for shipping to our studio in London for electronics assembly.