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Hello! My name is Meadow Anderson. For more than two years I've been spending my days working with clay at a great community studio. (Thank you, Radius!)

But now I've outgrown my little corner at Radius and it's time for a studio space of my own. I found an amazing spot in NW Portland near Forest Park, and it's time to acquire equipment and supplies so I can keep my hands busy and get the orders filled.

You'd be very welcome to join me in this adventure! (and it is certainly an adventure)

Before I discovered ceramics, I devoted many years to science.  I began working with clay almost by chance, but even before I'd acquired much skill, I already felt that this was what my hands were meant to do. I've spent the years since practicing.

And now finally the delight I feel in working with clay is starting to be captured in the finished pieces. It feels like the right time to experiment with larger work and more challenging projects, which this new studio will make possible. I'm really looking forward to making it my own.

And if you do want to join me in this adventure, you will of course be rewarded.  

In addition to the satisfaction from being part of this exciting step into a new studio space, you'll also have a beautifully crafted piece to use and enjoy in your own daily life. It might become one of your favorites (it's happened before). 

Rewards include:

- a funnel to make refilling spice jars tidy, easy, and fast

- handmade vases in playful turquoise shapes or stately bottle forms

- porcelain and black clay planters for cultivating your favorite succulents

- salt pigs with handmade spoons

- lovely little candleholders for tea lights

- bike mugs (I suspect you've already noticed that I really like bicycles)

- porcelain mugs painted with a molecule or equation of your choice (or your name or a quote, if you prefer)

- a pair of ascending crow tumblers

- limited edition porcelain mugs with an original sketch of a flower or plant from Forest Park

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- hand painted owl mug (one of a kind)

- pair of crow taking flight mugs

- ascending crow dinnerware set for four (4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 bowls) 

To receive your reward, this project must be fully funded. Any help sharing the story is greatly appreciated! 

Here's what a fully funded $5,500 will buy:

- a new pottery wheel with a good supply of throwing bats, 

- clay and glaze materials,

- a new programmable electric kiln to fire my work, complete with shelves and posts, and

- shipping supplies and postage to send you your rewards.

All of my work is meant to be used, so it isn't quite complete until there are flowers in the vases and tea or coffee in the cups. Although this project is certainly about acquiring equipment, it is even more a way to connect me with people who will love and use the work I make. If you've already shared it, thank you!

Risks and challenges

Life is full of uncertainty and surprises, but I will do my very best to fulfill all the rewards once I am fully funded. The biggest risk is a delay in getting a kiln or a wheel delivered, but if need be I'll borrow or barter to get it all shipped out in time. I'll keep you posted. And rest assured, I'm just as impatient for you to get your pieces as you are to receive them (possibly more).

I've been working as a full-time ceramic artist for over two years now. Feel free to pop over to www.meadowdesign.etsy.com to see customer reviews and a history of sold orders. I also have plenty of experience from previous work to draw on (that Ph.D. in Chemistry will come in handy someday...).

You can also reach me at info.meadow.design@gmail.com.

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    Insider access to updates on the studio and my hearfelt gratitude for supporting this move.

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    Insider access to updates on the studio and a thank you note delivered to your mailbox by USPS

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    Handmade porcelain spice funnel -- a much easier (and much less messy) way to refill spice bottles with bulk spices. You didn't know you needed this, but now you do! You'll also get a lovely thank you card.

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    Tiny turquoise vase -- perfect for holding a single flower or a small arrangement. The subtly crystalline turquoise matte glaze is wonderful to touch, and the gracefully curved form feels like a robin's egg. Each is delightfully unique, and this special Kickstarter edition comes with a lovely handwritten thank you card.

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    Small porcelain bottle vase, thrown on a pottery wheel. A lovely addition to your desk, table, or windowsill. You'll also get a lovely thank you note.

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    Succulent planter with a drainage hole and a small saucer, made from unglazed porcelain. Plants from 2 1/2 inch pots fit quite nicely, with some extra room to grow. Thank you note included!

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    Planter with a drainage hole and a small saucer, made from unglazed black clay. Works really well for succulents. Plants from 2 1/2 inch pots fit quite nicely, with some extra room to grow. This is the one that I use for my favorite houseplant. And yes, you'll get a lovely thank you note with this, too.

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    Salt holder with handmade spoon, made from porcelain clay. I usually coat the outside with a clear glaze, but if you prefer I can leave it unglazed. Thank you note is included here, too.

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    Salt holder with handmade spoon, made from black clay, left unglazed to show the beautiful subtle texture. This reward will also include my thanks, expressed in written form on a lovely card.

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    Set of three candle holders made from translucent porcelain, with a lovely fluted shape. Just the right size for tea light candles. Of course you'll get the thank you note as well.

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    One hand painted mug with a full sequence of images showing a crow taking flight. Holds about 12 ounces of your favorite beverage (or 10, if you prefer). This includes a thank you note, too.

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    Handmade porcelain mug with a hand drawn bicycle. What could be better than that? One that includes a lovely thank you note, of course! Yours will hold about 12 ounces of your favorite beverage, but let me know if you prefer 10 or 14 ounces.

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    A reward especially for those who love math and science: a handmade porcelain mug, personalized with the equation, molecule, or phrase of your choice. I could also put your name on it, or a special date (and yes you get the thank you note, too). Mugs will hold about 12 ounces. of your favorite beverage, but exceptions can be made.

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    One mug, handpainted with with your choice of crow images: "taking flight", "ascending," or "landing." Thank you note is of course included!

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    For the person who loves surprises (and plants). Limited edition mug with a hand drawn image of something beautiful found on a wander through Forest Park. Each will be unique, and will hold about 12 ounces of your favorite beverage.

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    A pair of handpainted ascending crow tumblers, with a rounded shape that fits easily in the hand. I was pretty happy when I found out Real Simple had featured these in a gift guide. Each holds about 12 ounces. And yes to the thank you note.

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    Who doesn't love an owl? This is your opportunity to snag a beautiful porcelain mug with a handpainted portrait of Julio the Owl (one of the Portland Audubon Society's education birds -- photos are posted in Update 1). There is only one of these! Thank you note definitely included.

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    A pair of bicycle mugs -- the more social choice. I tend to make these in a 12 ounce size, but could be talked into a different size to suit. And you'll still get a thank you note.

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    A pair of hand painted mugs, each with a full sequence of images showing a crow taking flight. Each holds about 12 ounces. This includes a thank you note, too.

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    Three small porcelain bottle vases. The slight variations of these wheel thrown shapes make them a beautiful grouping even without flowers.

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    Not just one, but two handmade porcelain mugs, each personalized with the equation, molecule, or phrase of your choice. Names and dates are certainly still options and and thank you note is certainly still included.

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    Want a stash of spice funnels to give as gifts? Get eight at a time, and save! You get to keep the thank you note.

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    Six lovely candleholders and a thank you note.

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    A collection of 9 tiny turquoise vases. Each is delightfully unique, and I'll work with you make a set just for you (if you live in Portland, you can pick them out yourself). Comes with a lovely handwritten thank you card.

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    Need more candleholders? A dozen will set the table beautifully for a special event. Yes, they are cheaper by the dozen, and you still get a thank you note.

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    A table setting for four, hand painted with the ascending crow sequence. Includes 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 bowls, and of course a thank you note, too.

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