Hey! My name is Jess and I am the artist and creator of MudHappy Ceramics. It's a one woman show! Let me rewind a little bit to give you my full story.
I received a bachelors degree in art education in 2011 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. I took so many ceramics classes while there and fell in love!
In 2011, my husband and I moved from Beaufort, SC to Columbia, SC and got married. I taught elementary art for 3 years, and I loved it! My students particularly loved using clay and it was always my favorite subject to teach.
I got pregnant in 2014 and decided I wanted to stop working and raise my son full time. It is definitely a full time job! Dylan is 3 now, and we also have two big dogs--Yogi and Charlie.
In July of 2016 my husband gave me a "mommy day". The whole day was centered around me. One thing he wanted to do was drive me to the park where they have a pottery studio membership. I took a tour and fell in love! I started creating handmade pieces at home when I wasn't busy with Dylan, and I began taking all of my work to the park, 30 minutes away, to be fired, since I do not have a kiln. I came up with a name for my business--MudHappy Ceramics.
Last year my dad surprised me by buying me a pottery wheel. I feel so lucky to have this at my home. I have learned so much already, and am still learning! Recently, I hit a snag with my ceramics. I was told by the park that no more work can be fired at the park, unless it is made at the park. Having a toddler really hinders me from doing that, not to mention I love creating from home. Hearing this news was a little crushing, and it means that I can no longer create my ceramics, unless I can find a new studio--which is proving to be difficult.
I would love to grow my business and be able to sell more of my art. It is one of my passions. I feel like I could create for hours upon hours if I had the time! Having one income has made it a challenge to be where I want to be with my business, but with your help that can change!
If I had my own kiln, I could really let my creativity flow and my output would be so much greater. Since becoming a stay at home mom, ceramics has really been my creative outlet. I love creating unique and quirky pieces that speak to me. I love creating feminine pieces, whether it be for nursing mothers or any other woman out there. Feminism has been such an inspiration for my artwork.
If my goal is reached, I will be giving rewards to backers who donate certain amounts. This means my Kickstarter project will not only benefit me, but you as well! If you can help me fulfill my dream, I will create one of a kind pieces for you. Your donations will also be going toward a vent for my kiln so that the fumes are aired out, and kiln furniture (shelves, etc. for the inside of the kiln). My goal is to go full time with my pottery once my son starts pre-school in August. Donating to my dream will help me get my ceramics business up and off the ground!
Take a look at some new rewards for my backers! These handmade ceramic ornaments will be an option if you back at least $10!
Risks and challenges
As you may or may not know, having a home kiln can be complicated. There are many hoops to jump through, so to speak. One challenge I am finding is the cost to run my kiln.
After calling and electrician to my home for an estimate on adding 240 volts to my studio, I learned that it will cost me $2600 in order to do so. This will include the following:
-$650 to have a 200 amp meter upgrade
-$1100 to have a panel upgrade and new panel installation
-$400 to Install a required hard wired smoke detector
-$300 for a 50 amp plug for the kiln
-$60 service charge
I will also need to make sure my kiln is working properly by doing test fires first. This could cause potential delays in creating my rewards for my backers. Please be patient with me as I learn!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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