About the Shop
This shop sells work made in London by me, Jack Hardy. It's mostly wotsits, but from time to time I will sell other editions too. Read on for more info about buying wotsits below.
Owning a Wotsit
No two Wotsits are the same; each Wotsit is handmade in London and uniquely marked with a punched ID.
Whatever you do with your Wotsit, they are designed to be played with and have been made strong enough to climb on and mis-use, indoors and out. If played with, they will age like toys do.
The quality of finish varies from untreated to painted and polished, and is described and reflected in the price. Wotsits which have been galvanised, primed and powder-coated, or made from stainless steel, can live happily outside, though keeping any steel dry will extend its life. We will often list for sale Wotsits which are un-treated or lightly treated, these are liable to develop spots of rust if allowed to get wet - the oils from your skin may even leave faint oxidised fingerprints - only prolonged exposure will result in structural failure. If untreated steel is not your thing, please avoid these Wotsits (and go for gloss!). All finishes have aesthetic and practical advantages, if in doubt, please ask.
With any favourite toy, age is magic. The patination and battering of a Wotsit through use and mis-use is down to you. Used on abrasive surfaces (concrete, gravel) surface finishes to the underside of the rocking rail are likely to degrade; if this is likely we can supply Wotsits with adhered rubber strips.
Play is a right, art is for everyone. Until Rocking Wotsits becomes larger we have no policy for giving back and are looking for creative ways to support our core beliefs.
If you are affiliated with a school or community or youth group and would like to co-facilitate a welding or creative workshop, please contact email@example.com. We hold DBS and all relevant insurances.
Recycling & Material Statement
We do no want any Wotsit to 'end-up' in landfill because landfill is not an end. Any breakages resulting from manufacturing faults will be repaired for free under a fair-usage allowance. If you think your Wotsit is broken, or can no longer house it, please talk to us to arrange either a repair or free collection for re-cycling, up-cycling, or re-homing (see giving back above).
Steel is an extremely durable wonder-material with a chameleonic range of possible surface treatments; it is also a very energy-intensive material. With some care, Wotsits are designed to last generations and entertain many patrons. The longevity and broad appeal is a designed reaction against throwaway material culture.
Steel and stainless steel are 100% recyclable and do not produce an inferior product when recycled. If you think your Wotsit is broken, it can either be repaired or collected free for recycling or upcycling.
All our packaging with exception of tape is biodegradable.
Commissions & Collaboration
Commissions and specials are welcome and not necessarily more expensive; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting or discuss your wishes.
Rocking Wotsits have been used in events, performance arts, and public workshops. If you are interested in creative collaborations or are organising an event at which Wotsits are welcome, please email email@example.com and see www.jackhardy.net
Terms and Conditions
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or regular account payments all through PayPal.
All transactions in Sterling; all prices inclusive of VAT.
We aim to send stocked items in 1-3 working days after the confirmation of purchase. Wotsits can be securely shipped to any UK mainland address, or collected from our studio in East London. All items are packaged securely, without plastic, and sent using trackable delivery. Please communicate any delivery concerns or instructions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or in reply to your order confirmation.
Countries Outside EU
If your order is to be delivered outside the European Union, it may attract import duty and local sales taxes which customers will need to pay on receipt of the shipment. Any additional charges for customs clearance must be paid by you. These rules vary by country and your local government determines duty and customs charges, please contact your local customs office for further information.
Imperfections in the manufacture are part of the parcel. Wotsits are artworks made one by one, not mass-produced products. We have made every effort to ensure Wotsit photographs, descriptions and details listed in the shop are accurate. However, slight differences in colour and finish are possible; all measurements are approximate.
If you can, please visit our studio to meet the rockers before ordering.
If you are in any way unhappy with your Wotsits you may send them back for an exchange or a full refund, within 30 days, to: Rocking Wotsits, Unit 9d Queen's Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN. You must have received a confirmation of return email before sending. The buyer is responsible for return postage costs. Rocking Wotsits are large and unique items, if you have any doubts about what you're buying, please contact us before ordering.
We will not share your email, postal address or telephone number.
We may contact you either by post, email or telephone, primarily as customer service following up on any issues with an order or to answer any questions you may have.
We will not pass on your e-mail address to any other company.
About the Maker
Jack Hardy (b.1991, Brighton, UK) lives and works in London, an optimist with a love of carnival and play. Working between spatial design and art, Jack's work includes large and small scale toys and installations for events. See www.jackhardy.net for assorted projects.
Jack has 8 years experience designing playspaces and public realm at award-winning practises Erect Architecture and Publica Associates. He is an associate lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, and a tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he teaches on the MEng Design Make Live Programme.
Unit 9d Queen's Yard
White Post Lane, Hackney Wick
London E9 5EN