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Two college students in Memphis growing their dream of owning and pottery studio and coffeehouse - Craft. Caffeine. Community.
Two college students in Memphis growing their dream of owning and pottery studio and coffeehouse - Craft. Caffeine. Community.
57 backers pledged $10,001 to help bring this project to life.

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We are the Belltower Artisans - two college students from Memphis who are passionate about making things and investing in the city and culture we live in.

The reason we are called Belltower is simple. We want to become like a belltower, a landmark on the skyline, by supporting local artists in a place with a high volume of traffic in Memphis. We dream of growing the city's makers and small businesses, and we want to help our community through things like the after-school refugee class we taught last spring, various fundraisers for non-profits in town, education on how to combine craft and business, and community development in so many other ways.

We developed our love for pottery and handcrafting things in high school at Harding Academy, where we took ceramics for a combined 6 years. Throughout that class, we always joked that when we hit our mid-life crisis we would quit our jobs and open a pottery studio and coffee shop; however, that dream instead came at 19 and 20. 

We both attended Lipscomb University in Nashville and soon realized how much we wanted pottery back in our lives. So, last October we began renting a storage unit and pooled our graduation money and life savings together to start our first studio. That grew into a successful pop-up coffee shop and pottery studio this summer, and it gave us the confidence to make this a permanent fixture in our community.

We found the Highland Strip, and a frenzy for getting the place ready to open began, including the ever-frustrating task of getting several contractors in line and starting the inspection and permitting process. 

We hope to be open by the end of October. 

Thanks so much for your love and support of our dream for Belltower and the community around us!

 

Reward 3: Belltower T-shirt
Reward 3: Belltower T-shirt

 

 

Rewards 4 and 5: Coffee Mug
Rewards 4 and 5: Coffee Mug

 

Rewards 4 and 5: Coffee Mug
Rewards 4 and 5: Coffee Mug

 

Rewards 6 and 7: Belltower Signature Hand-Warming Mug
Rewards 6 and 7: Belltower Signature Hand-Warming Mug

 

Rewards 6 and 7: Hand-Warming Mug
Rewards 6 and 7: Hand-Warming Mug

 

Reward 8: Breakfast Blend
Reward 8: Breakfast Blend

 

Reward 9: Hand-Carved Bowl
Reward 9: Hand-Carved Bowl

 

Example of Reward 10: Custom Pieces (Hand-Carved Plate and 2 Hand-Warming Mugs)
Example of Reward 10: Custom Pieces (Hand-Carved Plate and 2 Hand-Warming Mugs)

 

Reward 12: Week-Long Pottery Class
Reward 12: Week-Long Pottery Class

 

Reward 14: Day in the Studio and Dinner With Us
Reward 14: Day in the Studio and Dinner With Us

 

Risks and challenges

Note: All rewards are available for local pickup in-store, and your shipping cost will be refunded if that is the case.

Our products are all handmade which gives us a great deal of control over their quality. However, that also means a considerable amount of time goes into each piece. One of the bigger risks for this project is us falling behind schedule on our reward production. Fortunately, we have recently taken on two studio employees who will help supplement production.

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    1. A High Five and VIP Party Invite

    Picture this: our eyes meet the first time you enter the door of the shop. We know why you're here.

    This is the culminating moment of a dollar truly well spent. As we send our hands into the air to meet yours, they collide with such a resounding clap that you will forever feel like you've done good in the world.

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    2. Belltower Artisans Sticker

    Picture this: Your laptop has been a barren wasteland for far too long.

    We can't accept that fate.

    Ever since the day you picked it up from the store it's been screaming for something more. Something cool.

    You've found it - this sticker of our logo.

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    3. Belltower Artisans T-shirt

    Picture this: The Belltower Artisans t-shirt literally has rays of sunlight radiating off the logo. Everywhere you go, life will seem a little happier and brighter.

    The perfect union of comfort and style, these shirts are great for every casual occasion.

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    4. Early Bird Coffee Mug

    LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

    Picture this: Its just another Manic Monday (insert Manic Monday song).

    The only thing getting you out of bed today is your morning coffee, so it has to count. A cup of coffee this important can't be placed in a mug made in China.

    That's ridiculous.

    This is serious.

    Drink out of your very own hand-made mug, crafted for your drinking pleasure.

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    5. Coffee Mug

    Picture this: Its just another Manic Monday (insert Manic Monday song).

    The only thing getting you out of bed today is your morning coffee, so it has to count. A cup of coffee this important can't be placed in a mug made in China.

    That's ridiculous.

    This is serious.

    Drink out of your very own hand-made mug, crafted for your drinking pleasure.

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    6. Early Bird Hand-Warming Mug

    LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

    Picture this: You wake up for work and it's still dark. It rained last night. You stumble out of bed into the kitchen for your morning coffee.

    You open the cabinet and illuminating rays of light emerge from the coolest mug you've ever owned. You put your hand into the pocket, lift it up, and carry that glorious vessel straight to the coffee pot.

    You have officially vanquished the morning.

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    7. Hand-Warming Mug

    Picture this: You wake up for work and it's still dark. It rained last night. You stumble out of bed into the kitchen for your morning coffee.

    You open the cabinet and illuminating rays of light emerge from the coolest mug you've ever owned. You put your hand into the pocket, lift it up, and carry that glorious vessel straight to the coffee pot.

    You have officially vanquished the morning.

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    8. The Breakfast Blend

    Picture this: You wake up for a lazy Saturday morning, ready for your daily coffee and a delicious bowl of Lucky Charms.

    But today is not a week day, so there's no need to rush. You grab "The Breakfast Blend" a handcrafted coffee mug and cereal bowl, and get to work on the culinary masterpiece that is about to unfold.

    Now its just you, your breakfast, and Netflix.
    Happy Saturday

    **This set includes a breakfast bowl and your choice of a classic coffee mug or a Belltower Signature mug

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    9. Hand-carved Bowl

    Picture this: You walk into your kitchen and realize your plastic fruit has spilled onto the ground.

    This is a modern day travesty.

    The time has come to throw away the fake fruit, but what can replace such art?!

    That search ends here.

    **Style choices include floral designs, geometric designs, and artist's choice

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    10. Custom Piece(s) of Your Choice

    Picture this: You're the one behind our potter's wheel.

    All the years of knowledge and practice at your disposal. All the clay and every glaze at your command. Every Pinterest board you've ever seen is now ready to pour out of your creative mind.

    What are you going to make?

    **Multiple pieces can be added to reach $100 in value

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    11. Teapot and accessories

    Picture this: Queen Elizabeth has just invited you to tea.

    On one condition: BYOT

    You obviously want to impress Her Majesty, so you do the only thing a reasonable, classy person such as yourself can do. You grab your hand-made teapot, 4 teacups, cream pitcher, and sugar jar, and hop across the pond

    It's a good thing you backed Belltower Artisans.

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    12. Week-long Pottery Class

    Picture this: Now it's time for you to be the potter. You pick the week. We'll give you some dirt.

    By the end of the class in Memphis you'll know how to turn dirt into gorgeous handmade creations, and then you'll love it so much that you'll start your own Belltower Artisans branch - maybe on the coast.

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    13. 16 Piece Table Set: 8 Plates+8 Bowls

    Picture this: Tonight you dine with chinaware absolutely not made anywhere. near. China.

    No. These instruments of fine dining were handcrafted just for you and your dignified guests.

    Bon Apetite

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    14. Day in studio + Dinner with us

    Picture this: Today you're royalty. We roll out the red carpet just for your entrance to the studio.

    But not really.

    It would get dirty.

    We walk you through a private tour of the shop and studio, ending at your personal potter's wheel and full of our coffee and bakery menu. After a day of studio and shop fun, we pick our favorite restaurant and dinner is on us (but technically on you).

    Thanks for dinner

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