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Please help us build a multi-use clay collaboration studio with guest housing in beautiful, rural southern Vermont.
Please help us build a multi-use clay collaboration studio with guest housing in beautiful, rural southern Vermont.
Please help us build a multi-use clay collaboration studio with guest housing in beautiful, rural southern Vermont.
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Spring on Mason Hill
Spring on Mason Hill

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!

Summer on Mason Hill
Summer on Mason Hill
Future Studio
Future Studio
Layout of the future work space
Layout of the future work space

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, 

Jackie Sedlock

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"To see things in the seed.." available framed or unframed
"To see things in the seed.." available framed or unframed
hops stamped testers
hops stamped testers
A visit for two at the Vermont Tasting Room
A visit for two at the Vermont Tasting Room
Fantastic Fruit Bowl by Stephanie Boyd Works
Fantastic Fruit Bowl by Stephanie Boyd Works
Hollis Engley wood-fired tea bowl #1
Hollis Engley wood-fired tea bowl #1
Hollis Engley wood-fired tea bowl #2
Hollis Engley wood-fired tea bowl #2
2 espresso cups with saucers - seed stamp design
2 espresso cups with saucers - seed stamp design
Hops stamped Pilsner Glass - you get two!
Hops stamped Pilsner Glass - you get two!
jackie sedlock pottery seed stamped mug
jackie sedlock pottery seed stamped mug
                                          
Daniel Bellow Porcelain Mug
Daniel Bellow Porcelain Mug
silky grey tableware - click on the photo to learn more about the seed motif
silky grey tableware - click on the photo to learn more about the seed motif
CAKE JEWELRY Necklace
CAKE JEWELRY Necklace
                                                  
emerald green dinnerware - click on the photo to learn more about the seed stamp motif
emerald green dinnerware - click on the photo to learn more about the seed stamp motif
fancygoods surprise - click on the photo to learn more about fancygoods
fancygoods surprise - click on the photo to learn more about fancygoods
Hand thrown and carved bowl by Stephanie Boyd
Hand thrown and carved bowl by Stephanie Boyd
Large 24k gold decorated platter - 18" - to learn more about the fancygoods, click on the photo
Large 24k gold decorated platter - 18" - to learn more about the fancygoods, click on the photo
Jen Crowell and PRESS at your house party
Jen Crowell and PRESS at your house party
Throwing Demo
Throwing Demo

 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.

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    To see things in the seed, that is genius - Lao Tzu

    A custom hand set letterpress printed card with quote. Courtesy of Melanie Mowinski, master printer.

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    limited edition hand cut decorative tile with seed stamp design.

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    a "bells on" mention on our website and video featuring a song written by Sarah McNair and yours truly which will include your name and everyone else who chooses the reward (what a long song this is going to be…!), which will be linked on our website. Working title is: Wow, a lot of people contributed in this way.. how the heck are we ever going to fit these names in a 3 minute song…? Jackie, I must love you… or

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    To see things in the seed, that is genius - Lao Tzu

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    Daniel Bellow Porcelain Mug

    Hand thrown in Daniel's turn-of-the-century carriage barn in Great Barrington, Ma.
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    Wood-fired tea bowl #1 by Pocasset, MA potter, Hollis Engley.
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    Fantastic Fruit Bowl by Stephanie Boyd Works

    Stephanie is a wonderful local potter from Williamstown, Ma. Her work marries functionality and (sometimes) whimsy with accomplished imagery. This is a one-of-a-kind piece hand thrown and altered, and decorated with multiple layers of slips and glaze. These are the happiest grapes I have ever seen. 10"x7"

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    set of two hops stamped pilsner tumblers. hand thrown and stamped with a hand carved hops stamp made here at the pottery

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    set of two espresso cups and saucers stamped with the trademark seed stamp.

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    fancygoods Surprise!

    a 5" hand-painted fancygoods dish inspired by my unending fascination with Shaker dreams and visions. Each one is my one-of-kind interpretation of moments this extraordinary time in Shaker history. Each one is made especially for you.

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    2 seed stamp mugs - hand thrown and stamped with the trademark seed stamp.

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    CAKE Jewelry faceted coin gemstone necklace

    Faceted coin gemstones are custom cut specifically for CAKE Gallery in Bennington, Vermont. Suspended from a bonded microfiber which is waterproofed and heat sealed for durability. The golden cord blends well with most skin tones allowing the gem to be a simple yet stunning focus point.
    12mm size is a smidge less than 1/2 inch

    Choose your custom length from 14 to 20 inches and whether you want sterling silver or 14kt gold filled accent beads and matching spring ring clasp style.

    Delivery by November.

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    Hand-carved Terra Sigillata Bowl

    Hand thrown and carved bowl made by Williamstown, Massachusetts potter, Stephanie Boyd. This bowl was made using a decorating technique called terra sigillata, roughly translated as 'sealed earth'.
    10" x 3"

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    Beth Carlisle Bracelet

    A beautiful double strand of premium glass with sterling large silver disk focal bead. Made by Williamstown, MA jewelry artist, Beth Carlisle.

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    set of 6 growler tester cups stamped with the trademark hops stamp.

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    Two nights. Weekend stay in the bunkhouse for two. Two guests will stay in one double room or separate single rooms, share the common kitchen and bathroom.

    Enjoy gorgeous Southern Vermont any time of the year. We're close to Bennington, Manchester, Dorset or head to the Northern Berkshires, including Williamstown, North Adams, beautiful hiking trails on Mt Greylock -- all within a short scenic drive.

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    2-night stay in the studio bunkhouse with a one-day admission to the Clark Art Institute (15 mins. from our place). While at our place, enjoy a quiet morning reading or taking a walk in our meadows, which abut the Green Mountain National Forest.

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    six week pottery course in the new studio space

    Here's a glimpse:
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    large hand made gold luster decorated server like the one pictured, but especially made for you.

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    Jen Crowell and PRESS on the Move at your house party!

    Beloved local singer/songwriter Jen Crowell is teaming up with Press on the Move to help you throw the party of the year. Enjoy a magical set with Jen, known for her poetic truth telling delivered by her rich, golden voice. To add to the festivities, Press on the Move will set up their portable clamshell press, demonstrate printing technique and give everyone an opportunity to make their own hand made card. This is a special offer. Many thanks to my North Adams neighbors.
    *This opportunity is subject to scheduling between all participants. Jen and Press are willing to travel a bit, but message me if you're outside our local area and we can discuss availability.
    Check out Jen here:
    http://www.jencrowell.com/#!about-lauren/cjg9

    Check out Press on the Move here:
    https://letterpressasapublicartproject.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/express-a-new-collaborative-space/

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    2 festival passes to Fresh Grass 2016 with friday, saturday and sunday overnight stay in the studio bunkhouse (comfy twin beds).

    Our place is a lovely 20-25 minute drive to North Adams, MA. A car is essential.

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    Pottery class for two! A six week pottery course in the new studio space. For details on classes, check out my
    website:http://www.jackiesedlock.com/classes-at-the-pottery/

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    set of seed tableware for 10. Includes 10 dinner plates, 10 salad plates, 10 soup bowls, 10 mugs or tumblers.

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    Bring a group of 4 friends. Enjoy an overnight stay in the studio bunkhouse and a morning workshop. Arrive on Friday afternoon, settle in while we make dinner, which we'll serve family style. We want some time to visit! After dinner, weather permitting, you can take a walk, play bocce or just sit around and enjoy the beauty of Mason Hill. On Saturday morning we'll head into the studio for a 3 hour clay class where I'll teach you some throwing basics.
    We'll serve a light lunch before we say goodbye.

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    Wheel, Hops and Seeds

    This is a reward for those who want the whole experience. A six week pottery class for one, a set of six wee growler testers, and a seed stamp tableware set for ten. A variety pack, if you will. We aim to please.

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    six week pottery class for 4

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    Sponsor the new kiln! I need a larger kiln. I have my eye on this baby : http://www.hotkilns.com/eq2836-3 13.6 cubic ft (385 Liters).
    She's a beauty and will fire like a dream in her new, cozy kiln room. You will enjoy a 6- week class for two, and your name or that of a loved one will adorn the wall on a plaque next to the her, always reminding me of your generosity and support. To get a feel for the instruction you'll receive, check out the throwing demo video I made a while back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yeaTn205bU&feature=youtu.be

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