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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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