The funds raised for this project will be used to purchase a stoneware kiln, electrical contracting, stoneware clay and high fire glazes for the pottery students at Harding Academy in Memphis, TN. Just over a year and a half ago we made the bold move to provide year-round pottery courses for our students. Until then, students were in the pottery studio for one quarter of the year and had to wait until the next year to get into the studio again. The downside was that many of the skills they had gained were lost and had to be relearned. Now students who excel in ceramics in their Art 1 class can be approved to take a FULL YEAR of pottery where they can learn beginner, intermediate and advanced hand-built and wheel thrown pottery techniques. This changed has allowed our upper school students to make some amazing progress this year! Our hard working students won a total of 14 pottery awards at the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards which is a regional art competition held at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. As you can see from the pictures, they are making some fantastic pieces. RIght now we are only able to produce low-fired, earthenware ceramics. This limits us to making pottery that is not dinnerware safe and cannot be placed in a microwave, dishwasher or oven. Earthenware clay also has a limited array of glaze choices. This fully funded Kickstarter campaign will allow us to purchase a new stoneware kiln, pay to have the new electrical system installed, buy kiln furniture and pay to have the kiln safely vented for a school setting. We will also purchase stoneware clay and glazes that will allow us to take the next step in producing high quality stoneware ceramics. Our students will then be prepared to go out into the world with skills necessary to become full-time potters if they desire. At the very least, students will learn valuable skills such as goal-setting, working as part of team, meeting deadlines and entrepreneurial visioning!
Risks and challenges
There are always possible delays in the production of ceramic ware. From drying time to unexplained cracking to kiln temperature issues, things happen to make the production of pottery take longer than desired at times. The production of this particular line of ceramics is being done almost 100% by students. This means that production can only happen during the 45 min. class period during the school day. Students will most likely come by the studio before and after school as they have time, but the average high school student at Harding Academy is quite busy with homework and extracurricular activities. Time will be a major hurdle in the production of pieces for backers. That being said, we have an industrious and dedicated group of student potters enrolled in our two pottery classes. We will work hard and have a great time producing these pieces for each and every person who is able to support this effort. We love to create pottery and look forward to sharing this exciting process with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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