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Atelier Dion is looking to add a Ram Press and gas kiln to increase our production.  Help us take our business to the next level!
Atelier Dion is looking to add a Ram Press and gas kiln to increase our production. Help us take our business to the next level!
296 backers pledged $50,601 to help bring this project to life.

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WE REACHED OUR GOAL!!! Thank you to all of you who have reached out so far!!!

45,000 will secure funding for our ram press and our kiln!  Now help us PUSH  Anything over the top of this will help us with the following:

Air compressor: $2000 The ram press works with compressed air and machinery of this size requires a lot of it. 

Clay Mixer: $4500   Using the ram press requires a different type of clay with less water than we use now.  The clay mixer will allow us to continue to make our own custom clay bodies and colors.

Pug mill: $6000  Pug mills are machines that take the air out of the clay.  It mixes the clay with large augers and pumps it out through a smaller hole creating round "pugs" that can be directly loaded into the ram press.

NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE!

Atelier Dion is a small scale, custom ceramic design and production studio, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Jay and Rie Dion. Since 2011, we have been working with artists, designers, and small business owners to design and produce handmade ceramic pieces in Oakland, California. We met in Graduate school at California College of the Arts and began working collaboratively thereafter in what would become ATELIER DION.

You can learn more about our story on KQED Arts

For the Past 3 years we have been working our buns off to bring our line of custom ceramics to the Bay area and beyond.  We have reached the point where in order to meet demand, we are going to have to add some new equipment.  First, the Studio Press will allow us to make the amount of work in 1 day that would otherwise take us 3 weeks with slip casting.  And the kiln will allow us to handle the extra production much more quickly and efficiently than the electric kilns we currently have. 

We are offering you a new line of work along with some favorites to entice your support of our fundraising campaign.  The 'Cobalt Line" of dinnerware is just for you! Clean and classic and designed to fit in any household.  They're outgoing, so they will make friends with your current dishes right away!  Please take some time to look over the gifts below! 

Thank you for your time and support!
Hugs and Kisses,

Jay and Rie Dion

Photo credit : Joe Perez- Green

Video Credit: Adam Behrmann

Risks and challenges

All new equipment comes with a learning curve. We will have to learn a new method of making molds to fit the press and adjust the storage and production cycles to accommodate the increased volume of work. This may mean longer hours for our current workers, or better yet hiring new people!! We are ready to meet the challenges that increased production will mean for our studio!

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    Atelier Dion Button! Its small and its got a mug on it and its going to look great on your backpack!
    Plus a thank you card!

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    Small 3oz Ceramic cup. Colored Clay bodies will vary.

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    1- 12oz mug with handle

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    1- 12oz Matte Black Mug with handle $35 value plus shipping

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    1 - 12" serving platter

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    2- 12oz mug with handle

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    Set of (4) Small 3oz cup. Colored clay bodies will vary $80 value includes shipping

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    2 - 6" bowls set $80 value + shipping

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    CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN MUGS!!
    a pledge of $150 lets you brush your own cobalt design onto 2 of our mugs. For four mugs, just double the pledge and send us a note. Max 4 per person.
    Join us on the last Saturday in November (11/29/2014) for a fun filled day at our studio designing your own set of mugs. We will fire them for you and have them ready in 2 weeks. Just in time for the holidays. Pick up only.

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    Atelier Dion + Silvia Song
    Hand Turned Walnut Coffee Drip Cone and one Matte Black Mug. This set is available exclusively through this campaign and possible only with the generosity of the lovely Silvia Song.

    The drip cone is oiled in a food safe finish, care instructions will be included. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AVAILABLE

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    4- 12oz mug with handle

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    Single Dinnerware Set --
    6" bowl
    8" salad plate
    10" dinner plate
    3 total pieces
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    4 - 6" bowl set. $160 value + shipping

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    2 Person Dinnerware Set -- 6" bowls 8" salad plates 10" dinner plates 6 total pieces $280 value + shipping

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    MUG CAFE SET
    20- 12oz Mugs ready for commercial use in your cafe or restaurant. Bring a fresh look to your coffee service. Your coffee is already the best, your cups should be too! Here is your chance to jump to the front of the line, so to speak.
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    MUG RESTAURANT SET
    40- 12oz mugs ready for commercial use. Outfit your entire cafe or restaurant. Bring a fresh look to your coffee service. Your coffee is already the best, your cups should be too! Here is your chance to jump to the front of the line, so to speak.

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