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This project will raise funds to buy a stoneware kiln for high school students to make professional, dinnerware and oven safe ceramics.
91 backers pledged $6,252 to help bring this project to life.

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Mugs and creamers make excellent gifts for someone (or for you!) and each one will be made by a student. Our high school students produce very high quality work already as you can see here!
Mugs and creamers make excellent gifts for someone (or for you!) and each one will be made by a student. Our high school students produce very high quality work already as you can see here!
Candle holders of various shapes and sizes will be made by students to say "Thank You" for helping them get a new stoneware kiln!
Candle holders of various shapes and sizes will be made by students to say "Thank You" for helping them get a new stoneware kiln!
Student potters have progressed to college-level creating of teapots in less than two years of pottery classes.
Student potters have progressed to college-level creating of teapots in less than two years of pottery classes.
Mugs in various colors and sizes will be made and given to backers as a "Thank You" gift at the $45 level.
Mugs in various colors and sizes will be made and given to backers as a "Thank You" gift at the $45 level.
Lidded jars like this make wonderful gifts!
Lidded jars like this make wonderful gifts!
We've added tumblers to our list of rewards!
We've added tumblers to our list of rewards!
Each pendant will be made by a student potter and glazed various colors.
Each pendant will be made by a student potter and glazed various colors.
A set of two coasters will be the reward for backing at the at the $20 level.
A set of two coasters will be the reward for backing at the at the $20 level.
Students begin their ceramics training by making bowls.
Students begin their ceramics training by making bowls.
Our student potters are ready to take the next step in their ceramics education and move up to a professional quality, stoneware kiln through this Kickstarter campaign.
Our student potters are ready to take the next step in their ceramics education and move up to a professional quality, stoneware kiln through this Kickstarter campaign.
Students enjoy creating both hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic pieces from earthenware clay in our current pottery classes. The new stoneware kiln will enable students to create pieces that are dishwasher and oven safe.
Students enjoy creating both hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramic pieces from earthenware clay in our current pottery classes. The new stoneware kiln will enable students to create pieces that are dishwasher and oven safe.
College level wheel thrown pieces are created weekly by student potters who are enrolled in 3-D Art for a second year.
College level wheel thrown pieces are created weekly by student potters who are enrolled in 3-D Art for a second year.
Students spend weeks on individual projects in pottery classes.
Students spend weeks on individual projects in pottery classes.

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!

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    CUSTOM COMBINED REWARD LEVEL:
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    WALL OF FAME: We’ll put your name on our donor wall in our pottery studio. This will let everyone who comes in our studio know that you were a part of making our dream of creating stoneware pottery a reality.

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    PENDANT: You’ll get a cool clay pendant to hang on your favorite necklace chain so you can think of us and how much we appreciate your help by backing our project. Each pendant is impressed with a one of a kind textural design created by one of our pottery students.

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    COASTER SET: At this level you will receive a set of two coasters that will be impressed with two different inspirational words. Each coaster set will be handmade by one of our students and will be glazed on the front and back. These are ideal to place under your coffee cups or other drink containers.

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    CANDLE HOLDER: Receive a small votive-type candle holder. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students, trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Candle not included. : )

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    TUMBLER: This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. sweet tea not included. : ) We’ll put your name on our donor wall in our pottery studio. This will let everyone who comes in our studio know that you were a part of making our dream of creating stoneware pottery a reality.

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    BUD VASE: Receive a small bud vase. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Flower not included. : )

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    "LACE" BOWL: Receive a one of a kind lace-textured bowl. This unique item will be hand-crafted by one of our students. It will be smoothed and glazed in various colors. Wooden stand not included. : )

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    COFFEE MUG: Receive a stoneware coffee mug. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Coffee not included. : )

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    CREAMER: Receive a small stoneware creamer. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Milk not included. : )

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    MINI TEACUP AND SAUCER: Receive one mini stoneware teacup and saucer. This is a perfect item for someone who collects teacups. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Tea not included. : )

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    LIDDED JAR: Receive a stoneware lidded jar. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students or by pottery instructor Eddy Efaw. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors.

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    MEDIUM SIZED BOWL: Receive a medium sized stoneware bowl. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students or pottery instructor Eddy Efaw. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors. Cereal not included. : )

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    GOBLET: Receive a stoneware goblet. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors.

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    LARGE SIZED BOWL: Receive a large sized stoneware bowl. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by pottery instructor Eddy Efaw. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors.

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    TEAPOT: Receive a one of a kind teapot. This unique item will be created on a potter's wheel by one of our students. It will be trimmed and glazed in various unique colors.

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    POTTERY LESSON (HAND-BUILD PINCH POT) You will be treated to a one hour group pottery class learning how to make a simple pinch pot. Pottery Instructor Eddy Efaw will assist you along with select pottery students. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you. Travel and lodging cost to Memphis, TN not included.

    You will also receive one of the following unique items: a mug, a medium sized bowl or a medium sized vase that will be created on the potter's wheel during your class session by a student. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you.

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    POTTERY LESSON (PINCH POT AND FOUR HAND-BUILT TUMBLERS) You will be treated to a two hour, group pottery class in studio creating a simple pinch pot and a set of four soft slab tumblers. Pottery Instructor Eddy Efaw will assist you along with select pottery students. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you. Travel and lodging cost to Memphis, TN not included.

    You will also receive one of the following unique items: a mug, a medium sized bowl or a medium sized vase that will be created on the potter's wheel during your class session by a student. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you.

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    POTTERY LESSON (WHEEL THROWN FORMS) You will be treated to a two hour, group pottery class in studio creating two simple bowls/vases on the potter's wheel. Pottery Instructor Eddy Efaw will assist you along with select pottery students. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you. Travel and lodging cost to Memphis, TN not included.

    You will also receive one of the following unique items: a mug, a medium sized bowl or a medium sized vase that will be created on the potter's wheel during your class session by a student. Students will glaze your pot from a color of your choice and we will ship your piece to you.

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