162% Funded- Thank you!
We've still got another day to go, but we just wanted to say thanks to all of you for making this campaign an amazing success. Your support means we can not only ROCK this trade show...but also buy some much-needed equipment for the studio. Thank you for getting on board and for sharing our story with your friends. Can't wait to see the final total!
- Charlie and Rowan
We're 108% funded now (thank you!), and we've been working on some sweet stretch goals for the project. We still have almost two weeks, so I think we can make it all happen.
Stretch Goal #1 $6,000 "Printravaganza!"
We had planned on using a small portion of the funds to get new business cards and postcards printed for the event. But now that we're over our goal, we'd love to get some quality fabric banners printed for the booth. These will have larger product pictures on them as well as our logo. This type of branding will catch buyers' attention and make our booth look even more professional. We're also going to get a small quantity of full color catalogs printed! Being able to give select high-profile buyers a tangible catalog to take with them will boost our future sales.
Stretch Goal #2 $7,500 "Rock and Roll"
The focus of our wholesale line is our Oak and Acorn pieces and we anticipate taking orders for a LOT of that kind of work. All of the oak leaves are made from slabs; thin sheets of clay that are then cut into leaf shapes and applied. Right now, we are using a rolling pin to roll each slab- time consuming and less than accurate. Once we hit our $7,500 goal we can invest in a slab roller- a fantastic piece of equipment that will enable us to quickly roll out sheets of clay to a precise thickness. Think of it as a giant pasta machine for clay! This will cut our decoration time for our oak pieces in half and make our finished product much more uniform.
Thanks for all your generous support! Keep an eye out for more updates.
- Charlie and Rowan
Hi there! We're Charles Hughes and Rowan Rose...the husband and wife team of artisans behind Hughes Pottery. We've been creating pottery together in the small basement of our cottage home in Central Pennsylvania for over 5 years- 4 tons of it last year alone! Hughes Pottery produces handcrafted functional stoneware pottery for your kitchen and table. We both enjoy cooking and entertaining, and appreciate the warmth that handcrafted pieces bring to our meals. We try to bring that sensibility to our work- making pottery with every day use in mind; light and comfortable but also strong and durable.
We are truly a cottage industry! All of our work is completely handmade- from ball of clay to finished piece. This is the real deal, thrown one piece at a time on our wheels and finished by hand by the two of us. All of our decorative elements are hand painted, hand-carved or hand molded from our originals.
We partner with many local businesses....coffee houses like Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, Cafe Lemont and Cafe Karla and brewpubs like Otto's Pub & Brewery and Old Forge Brewing Company who believe in locally sourced, artisan prepared food and damn fine beer and coffee served in our mugs!
Hughes Pottery has made a name for itself producing quality handcrafted pottery, and we've been selling it directly to our customers at fairs, festivals and online for a number of years. Last year we started dipping our artistic toes into the wholesale pool, and the response has been really fantastic! So we spent last winter focusing our work and creating a catalog line that could be easily wholesaled. Our Oak Leaf and Acorn line in particular has gotten a lot of attention, and we want to make it the centerpiece of our entire wholesale line. We're confident that this show will be very successful for us, and help propel Hughes Pottery into a whole new niche market.
Our Kickstarter project is all about launching the Hughes Pottery wholesale line, which we will be debuting at the Buyers Market of American Craft in Philladelphia, PA in February of 2013. It's one of the industry's premier wholesale trade shows, and it will enable us to get our work seen (and hopefully purchased) by galleries, gift shops, museums and other buyers from all over the United States. It's an exciting (and slightly terrifying!) opportunity for us, and we want to make the best first impression possible.
We've already applied, have been accepted, and have paid the deposit on our booth space. Paying the rest of the expenses is a challenge, and that's where you come in.
Taking the leap into the competitive trade show market is extremely difficult for small artisan-run businesses like ours. The cost is a little prohibitive, even with just a basic setup. The money we raise here will be used to pay for the remainder of our booth fees, display fixtures and lighting for the booth itself, travel expenses to and from the show and professional printed materials to distribute to potential buyers and industry professionals. If we raise more than our target amount, we have some very cool stretch goals planned!
Want to be a part of this exciting project? Become a backer! There is a list of fantastic rewards on the right side of the screen- all of them handmade by us in Central Pennsylvania. Have a question? Send us a message here. We'll be updating the project as new information becomes available.
Remember that Kickstarter is "all or nothing" funding. If we don't raise the entire amount of our goal, we don't get a single penny. So please share our project on with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter or via email!
We honestly love what we do, and are truly blessed to be able to make a living doing what we love. Thanks for being a part of it!
*The fantastic music in our video is "Jig of Slurs. Dublin Reel - Merry Blacksmith. The Mountain Road" by Sláinte (http://www.irishband.com/slainte/index.htm)
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges to every new business venture- this is no exception. We have a strong direct sales business now; this trade show will provide a move into serious wholesale.
The biggest challenge to a larger wholesale business is one of production time and turn around. We've already spent a lot of time tightening up our available product line- limiting colors and forms to the ones that sell well and can reproduced with precision. We're streamlining our production to accommodate larger orders and a faster turn around time.
We're also working hard to build a quantity of back stock to insure that not all our wholesale production will need to be made to order. This will enable us to fulfill orders in a much quicker fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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