Jackie Sedlock Pottery is a production and teaching ceramics studio in Southern Vermont. I've been producing and teaching ceramics in western MA and southern Vermont for 11 years. My current studio is in the basement of the home my husband and I have been renovating for the past three years. My business, teaching and engagement with the community has grown, so has the need for space to accommodate more activity. With the help of my husband, Tim Sedlock (who is a professional builder) and local architect Martha Montgomery, I've designed a new studio. The increased space will allow more people to work in the studio with more elbow room and some upgrades.
Our property, and the site of the new studio, are on the former Mason Farm, which was an artists’ retreat during the 19th century. Drawn by the rural quiet and the inspiring woods and mountains, artists traveled from Boston and New York to stay in the farmhouse and take in the breathtaking countryside, and paint. We feel as though we are honouring that history, and carrying that tradition of country living and craft into the 21st century.
Three years ago my husband and I purchased the Mason Farm. Because the property has a number of buildings we knew it was perfect for a studio and retreat-like setting where visitors could come to learn, collaborate and experiment with clay in a beautiful rural location. We've worked tirelessly on renovating the house and have been carefully planning the barn studio. The architectural drawings and permitting process are complete, and the excavators are on their way!
Once the studio is complete, I'll continue offering classes and workshops for aspiring ceramists where they'll be able to work and stay in the barn guest rooms for extended clay retreats. Visitors will be able to learn, collaborate, and experiment with clay in sylvan pastoral surroundings.
In keeping with the spirit of the intimate experience, we're keeping it small. There will be three cabin-like guest rooms in the barn with a kitchenette for resident use. The studio will be a modest, super well organized 1025 sq ft. We're using green building techniques to keep the yearly cost of running the studio manageable.
Now we need your help. Your involvement helps further the goal of offering an extraordinary studio experience to community members and vistors from away.
My work in making and teaching has been bringing me toward this project for many years. Please join me in making it a destination for artists and students who want to work in a setting rich in history, set in the beautiful hills of southern Vermont.
Yours in clay,
More pics to come as I add rewards.
Because the building is in progress, there are no pictures which show the bunkhouse rewards. The plan, as stated above, is to create a simple, clean, rustic feel in the "Barn". Both the interior and exterior will be rough hewn pine. We'll have simple, well-made fixtures throughout, and easy to clean interior spaces that are cozy and inviting. Think lying in a pine scented room all to yourself in October with the window cracked open a bit, reading The Wall Street Journal (just kidding) Moby Dick (!?) or How about A walk in the Woods (which you can actually enjoy upon awaking..) while listening to our neighborhood Bard owls, cup of mint tea on the bed stand beside you ...Sweet dreams.
Risks and challenges
Jackie Sedlock Pottery Studio on Mason Hill has been in the planning stages for the past 3 years; we are not rushing into this and we have thought it through carefully. With the help of my husband, Tim, who is a general contractor and experienced builder, along with certified architectural plans, we have designed and will build a simple, rustic and high efficiency studio. We'll employ green building techniques and use state of art equipment and construction to build space that will work beautifully and last for years to come.
With the energy that we bring to all our projects, and the excitement and goodwill of all our Kickstarter friends and supporters, we know that we can make this happen and that the timeframe is workable.
We have enough experience to know that there will be delays - some having to do with unexpected building challenges and some, the arrival and delivery of materials, and the fact that humans are designing and executing this huge project. We have experience in renovating and building and our track record is good. The goal is to stay focused and roll with the unexpected. It'll all get done. It may cost a little more and take a little longer than we think -- even though we're good planners. We have and will avail ourselves of the best in the field of design and building.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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