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Bold Utilitarian Art for a changing world. Marry your amour for uniquely crafted art and that pesky need to eat and drink from things!

NEW BACKER REWARDS FOR THESE LAST FEW DAYS!!!  GET EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!!!!!!

I seek a world in which we all live with intention and mindfulness in everything that we do.  I want to make bowls, mugs, plates, and other dish-ware that mirror that intention.  For me, that looks like the prototypes you see below.   We all seek connections these days and I've got an intensely sneaking suspicion that eating, drinking, and cooking can have more intention and be more meaningful when the mug from which we sip, or the bowl in which we mix was made with attention, care, and love.  It's nice knowing that your coffee mug was handcrafted, that somebody MADE it, that it wasn't mass produced in a sterile factory, and that it wasn't sold to you by an impersonal clerk.  

This line of dish-ware will be uniquely crafted with no two bowls, plates, mugs, or teapots the same.  This line will be sold at farmers markets, craft fairs, boutiques, and galleries with smiling, knowledgeable, talkative people most of whom will actually be... well.. just me I guess.  And that is sort of the point.  I want the connection with the patron as much as anything.  I seek those connections too.  Nothing would make me more happy than to take these bowls and mugs directly from the kiln and into your hands.  It's that personal connection with our transactions and exchanges that I want more of in my life.  That is the Revolution!

 The design and technique that I've developed is time intensive and delicate, which means that every item in the collection will have hours of my attention and care lovingly poured into them, so every time you take a sip from your unique work of art, not only will you pat yourself on the back for being a part of this project, you'll laugh quietly to yourself at the thought of some guy bent over a wheel in his garage while the heat of the kiln scorches his brow.

By upgrading my current studio space at home, I will be able to begin regular production of this line of dish-ware on a scale large enough to have some stock to get it in to the hands of the people in my own community and beyond, but small enough to maintain the intention and mindfulness with which this work must be made.

In addition, I will outfit a farmer's market booth with all of the necessary goods like shelves, tables, pleasing-to-the-eye fabrics, and other accoutrement that rounds out the experience of a holistically designed stand and helps convey the message in the project.  Then, I'll toss 'em in the back of my mini-van and head to market.

Check out my blog, Tinderlight, under the Artful Simplicity tab for photos of my past work and some prototype bowls that serve as inspiration for this project!

WHERE TO SEE MORE:

Here's a link to my blog including a slideshow of some recent work. http://tinderlight.wordpress.com/about/

Here's a link to an album on facebook with all the prototypes for the this project.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2329535910585.2124526.1015326195&type=1e

Here's a link to a recent 20 slide portfolio I posted to facebook.  This shows some work of mine outside of the realm of ceramics...

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1688493204918.2089806.1015326195&type=1

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR:

*Tools and Equipment to round out a home studio (i.e. kickwheel, sink, pug mill for recycling clay, kiln, shelving, buckets, etc.).  I will be sourcing used equipment for everything I can as I'm a firm believer in reuse.

*Modest insulation and ventilation upgrades to my garage.  Ditto on the used materials.

*Electric Service installation and permit fees.

*Clay and Glaze Materials.

*Organic T-Shirt printing and shipping of all backer rewards.

***Note that this includes no salary for me, so I GOTS to make this work!

WHAT YOU'LL GET IN RETURN:

In addition to the feeling of pride I mentioned above, and an undying gratitude unmatched by gratitude givers of yore, I'm offering some super cool rewards, which you can check out immediately to your right ->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->->

I've got a button machine that I'm DYING to use, a hot connection for some Organic T-Shirts with a sweet little design to help you show off that pride, hand printed and personalized thank you notes, and I'm working on a one-of-a-kind virtual high five sure to make you smile.

All of this without even taking into consideration the actual ceramics that can be yours if you pledge at the right level.  Think of what a wonderful holiday gift this could make!  I'll even send you a little card to give to that special someone in advance of the Holidays so they know what's coming.  Can't promise to get the actual item out in time, but the card will be RAD!

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