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By Karen Mahoney
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About

Rope Impressed Cloud Pattern Stoneware Vase, ^6 Electric, 2015
Rope Impressed Cloud Pattern Stoneware Vase, ^6 Electric, 2015

I have an Artist in Residence position waiting for me in Virginia starting in September where I will have the opportunity to build and fire wood, gas, salt, and soda kilns for nine months. Studio and living quarters are located on a 100 acre plantation in rural Virginia, far away from my home and life in Oregon. This Kickstarter project is to fund my residency so that I can focus 100% on my work while I am spending my time there. By selling some of the work I will make then now, I will ensure my ability to focus solely on what I am there to do- learn as much as I can about these kinds of kilns and their possibilities in the given amount of time.

Chrysanthemum Set, ^10 soda, 2013
Chrysanthemum Set, ^10 soda, 2013

 As I am leaving my life on the west coast behind for this residency, it is essential that I use this time to its fullest potential, and that means funding this project ahead of time so I can use 100% of my time there making work for and firing these kilns. If this Kickstarter doesn't get funded, I will need to get a non-clay job in Virginia during the time I am completing my residency to cover my basic expenses. This is an enormous chunk of time that will be far better spent in the studio making or at the kiln firing. The property is around 20 minutes outside of the small town, so it will be about 45 minutes a day just to commute to and from a job. With a part time job four days a week, this means 897 hours lost in the nine months between working and driving to and from a job. 897 hours lost! That's over 22 40-hr workweeks! I'm temporarily leaving Oregon to focus on this residency. Funding this Kickstarter project would allow that to happen, while getting a beautiful, meaningful, and rare piece of pottery of your own to enjoy. All work is priced no higher than my usual work, though these pieces are sure to be much more special. 

Oribe Chrysanthemum Trays, ^6 electric, 2014
Oribe Chrysanthemum Trays, ^6 electric, 2014

About my work: "As a potter, my focus is on functional wares meant for everyday use, and my hope is that its users develop a close relationship with the pottery. By using surfaces and glazes that entice the eye for a closer look, and making forms, handles and curves that provide functional, tactile pleasure, the user is able to make a connection with the work through familiarity. This gained intimacy allows the user to make ordinary events a routine of small joy, memorable, and significant. I’ve always loved Asian art and its ability to bring a humble elegance and beauty to an everyday setting. Like pottery, it has a subtle serenity that asks the viewer to stop and breathe, contemplate the beauty, and enjoy the small delights. Whether it is the delicate petals of a drawn chrysanthemum or the soft shades of celadon glazes, there is a quiet but striking gracefulness to see. While there is this line of humility and significance shared between Asian art and pottery, the Asian influence stretches further into my work by borrowing techniques, forms, glazes, and imagery from Japan, China, and Korea. I am not interested in isolating these influences, but rather drawing out portions of them and reconstructing them with a modern perspective, style, and relevance."

The piece you receive will likely have some combination of rope impression and screen printing, two techniques I use extensively in my decoration. My screen printing is done with ceramic materials, not inks, and the imagery is both original drawings of mine and traditional Asian patterns.

Cloud Pattern Mug, ^6 electric, 2014
Cloud Pattern Mug, ^6 electric, 2014

I've been a potter for about ten years, and have a major focus on functional work. During this time, the majority of my work has been fired in electric kilns. While these models are more than capable of producing beautiful work, the atmospheric effects offered by wood, gas, salt, and soda kilns are really where my interest lies, and I believe where my work will thrive. Having the time to focus only on building and studying these kilns so closely will give me essential hands on knowledge to prepare me for my own non-electric kilns in the near future.

detail of Mount Fuji design on ^6 electric pitcher form, 2015
detail of Mount Fuji design on ^6 electric pitcher form, 2015

To be transparent on my funds, here is a basic breakdown of how I got to $9,000 to fund this project:

$7,000 for studio and living costs
$1,400 for shipping rewards
$600 for Kickstarter fees

Red Chrysanthemum Tray, ^6 electric, 2014
Red Chrysanthemum Tray, ^6 electric, 2014
Shino Sashiko Pattern Mug, ^6 electric, 2014
Shino Sashiko Pattern Mug, ^6 electric, 2014
Tenmoku Rope Impressed Bottle, ^10 soda, 2013
Tenmoku Rope Impressed Bottle, ^10 soda, 2013
Shino Chrysanthemum Trays, ^6 electric, 2014
Shino Chrysanthemum Trays, ^6 electric, 2014
Red Chrysanthemum Bowls, ^6 electric, 2014
Red Chrysanthemum Bowls, ^6 electric, 2014
Mount Fuji Tray, ^6 electric, 2014
Mount Fuji Tray, ^6 electric, 2014
Round Red Chrysanthemum Plate, ^6 electric, 2015
Round Red Chrysanthemum Plate, ^6 electric, 2015
Salt and Pepper Boat, ^6 electric, 2014
Salt and Pepper Boat, ^6 electric, 2014
Wave Serving Bowl, ^6 electric, 2015
Wave Serving Bowl, ^6 electric, 2015
Red Chrysanthemum Pitcher, ^6 electric, 2015
Red Chrysanthemum Pitcher, ^6 electric, 2015
Cobalt Chrysanthemum Pitcher, ^6 electric, 2015
Cobalt Chrysanthemum Pitcher, ^6 electric, 2015

 To see some of my recent work, view a slideshow here: http://www.citybytheseaceramics.com/about-my-work.html

Risks and challenges

Once the project is funded, all I need to do is make pots! With nine months to do so, I anticipate no problems that can't be resolved by the deadline of June 2016. Should an unseen and complete disaster hit not allowing this work to be made, electric kiln fired work of equal or greater value will be issued instead.

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    For $25, you get a small bowl to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. The bowl will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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    For $50, you get a mug to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. The mug will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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    For $75, you get a dinner plate to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. The plate will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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    For $125, you get a serving bowl to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. The serving bowl will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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    For $250, you get a large vase to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. The large vase will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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    For $600, you get a 12 piece table setting to be made during my residency in Virginia and shipped to your door. Included will be 4 large plates, 4 medium bowls, and 4 either mugs or cups, your preference. The set will be made of local VA clay I've dug, and covered with either the raw natural glazes wood, soda, and salt firings have to offer, or with glazes I have mixed by hand, perhaps both!

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