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I want to craft beautiful artisan pottery for a larger audience - but I need your help.
I want to craft beautiful artisan pottery for a larger audience - but I need your help.
92 backers pledged $5,137 to help bring this project to life.

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Have you ever held a hand-crafted piece of pottery and thought to yourself, "I really prefer the commercialized precision of a Target mug?"

In general, this doesn't happen. Once you've held a hand-crafted mug in your hands, factory-produced dishes will never be the same. 

Let me introduce myself: I'm Talia, creator and founder of White Hearth Pottery. I am 18 years old, with a whole lot of ambition, an inundation of ideas, and plenty of experience with trial and error. 

The purpose of this project: I want to compete with large manufacturers and producers who sell things for a fraction of what I charge. Yep, I am that crazy.

White Stoneware Rewards
White Stoneware Rewards

 

 

I think the beauty in something built by hands is something that should not be lost. This beauty is in the shape, the faint imprint of the maker's finger, and the entirely unique detail in the glazing. These things are what make pottery stand out for itself.

Soup Mugs
Soup Mugs

At present, I am selling my pieces as fast as I can make them. I have reached the point at which I am running a continuous cycle, and feel stuck. Thus, this project. 

I have bigger and better things planned for White Hearth Pottery. And in order to make these things happen, I need to purchase some new equipment so I can improve in efficiency, expand in what items I am able to make, and work towards greater consistency.

 

Black Stoneware Mug
Black Stoneware Mug

 

Things that I make: I love to create pretty much all things functional—from mugs to bowls, pitchers to teapots. Over the last year, I have filled the cupboards of many individuals with pieces that I have specifically hand-crafted to fit their style.

Steel Grey Nesting Bowl Set
Steel Grey Nesting Bowl Set

One of my favorite things to make will probably always be mugs. They are some of the most frequently used items within a household. Truly, the mug you drink from every morning cannot be taken too lightly.

With countless losses due to incompatible glaze and clay combinations—along with other seemingly minute details—I believe any success I currently have is due to the prayers said over every piece. In addition, the support and encouragement I've received from my family, friends, and customers have been monumental in keeping me going. 

Over a year and a half ago, I received my first pottery wheel. Since then, I have been teaching myself the art of handmade ceramics.

What began as an enjoyable hobby quickly transformed into something much more, as the extensive world of pottery seemed like an endless outlet for learning.

The goal for The White Hearth: I want to supply your cupboards with dishes that match your home. Each household has such varied styles, and I love the challenge of trying to meet each. I hope to create a new pottery collection to go with each new season. Already, I have created two collections, available to view through my online shop. They are each inspired by favorite roads in my home state of Virginia. 

Alabaster Pitcher
Alabaster Pitcher
 

The first collection is named after Raven Rocks Road in Bluemont, Virginia. The rocky and often foggy paths along this road are showcased by the two glazes of this collection: steel gray and alabaster satin. 

Raven Rocks: The Fall 2016 Collection
Raven Rocks: The Fall 2016 Collection

 

The second collection is inspired by Skyline Drive's scenic views of the Blueridge mountains and starry nights. These dishes range from dark blues to copper, shades of green, and sometimes even gold.

Already, I am forming ideas for my next collection, which will be released this next spring. 

Skyline: The Winter 2016 Collection
Skyline: The Winter 2016 Collection

This is how much I am hoping to raise: My starting goal for this project is to raise $1,600. That will just barely cover the cost of a new pottery wheel. Once this is funded, I have countless stretch goals to put into place. The first stretch goal would be a new kiln: currently, I rely entirely on my friend's kiln for firing all of my pottery. In order to cover the cost of this, I have a stretch goal of $5,000. 

Cream and Pitcher Set from the Skyline Collection
Cream and Pitcher Set from the Skyline Collection

From there, the sky's the limit. There are numerous other types of equipment that would greatly enhance the process of making pottery. In addition, I would love to be able to experiment with making my own glazes.

Stoneware Mug      |         Stoneware Tumblers
Stoneware Mug | Stoneware Tumblers

But why stop there? My long-term plan would be for The White Hearth to have its very own studio/shop space where I can continue to create—and you can come visit and shop to your heart's content. 

 

Regardless of the amount of money raised, I will keep working to achieve my goals. By backing this project today, you are helping grow and build White Hearth Pottery. You are enabling me to reach a brand new audience and a higher level of expertise.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

With pottery, there are always risks and challenges. Will the glaze drip? Is the piece thrown evenly or is it going to explode during the firing? Opening the kiln after a firing is a new and thrilling experience every time and it can be rewarding or the complete opposite. Just like with anything, there can always be setbacks. I have deliberately set the expected delivery dates for each of the rewards to as far as possible in order to give myself enough time to make up for any challenges.

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    Pinch Bowls

    A set of two pinch bowls with a width of 3 inches and a height of 1.5 inches. Made out of a rich dark stoneware clay and covered in your choice glaze of either white or black.

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    Stoneware Cappuccino Mug

    8-ounce mug with straight sides that is made out of a rich dark brown clay. Can be coated in your choice of either a white or a black glaze.

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    Stoneware Mug

    12-ounce stoneware mug made out of a rich dark clay and covered in a colonial white glaze. The shape of the mug is designed to hold in heat while also fitting perfectly into your hands.

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    Orion Mug

    12-ounce mug made out of a white clay and covered in the stellar orion glaze from the Skyline collection. Details in the glaze range from green to blue. The shape of the mug is designed to hold in heat while also fitting perfectly into your hands.

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    White Stoneware Soup Mug

    Large stoneware mug made out of a rich dark clay and covered in a colonial white glaze.

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    Set of 2 Tumblers

    2 tumblers made with a rich dark brown clay. They have a height of 4 inches. Glazed in your choice glaze of either white or black.

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    Stoneware Teapot

    Medium sized stoneware teapot, wheel thrown out of a rich dark clay and covered in your choice glaze of either white or black.

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    Steel Grey Nesting Bowl Set

    Set of 4 nesting bowls from the Raven Rocks collection. The diameter of the largest bowl is 6.5 inches and the height of the largest bowl is 4 inches. Made with a white clay and covered in a steel gray glaze.

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    Alabaster Satin Pitcher

    Modern white pitcher made with a white clay and glazed with a matte finish. The height is approximately 8 inches and it has the capacity to hold 1 1/4th quarts.

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    Stoneware Chess Set

    A traditional chess set with pieces hand shaped primarily on the wheel and a board made out of a rich dark brown stoneware clay. The king measures 3 inches tall. Pieces are white and black. This set comes in a handmade wooden box with "The White Hearth" engraved on the top.

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    Dinnerware Set

    A complete set of serving ware for 4. Includes dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls, and mugs.

    Options to choose from:

    Skyline Collection — Colors may range from dark blues to copper, shades of green, and sometimes even gold.

    Raven Rocks Collection — Modern style inspired by a rocky and often foggy road through the mountains of Virginia. Made with a white clay and glazed with a steel gray glaze.

    White Stoneware Collection —A colonial white glaze overlayed on a rich dark stoneware clay.

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    • Raven Rocks Collection
    • White Stoneware Collection
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Funding period

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