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Help build a studio space for Sarah Kersten Handmade, a small ceramic production company in Berkeley, California.
Help build a studio space for Sarah Kersten Handmade, a small ceramic production company in Berkeley, California.
233 backers pledged $35,083 to help bring this project to life.

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Sarah Kersten Handmade Studio

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My name is Sarah and I'm a ceramic artist. Thank you so much for spending time with my Kickstarter.   

This past year I outgrew the cooperative studio where I had been making my pottery. I've been working all summer to find a studio and acquire permits from the city of Berkeley. Now I need to install a kiln and build a workspace. 

Rewards Include:

  • Plant Pot with Succulent - $40
  • 2 Small Bowls - $55
  • Coffee Cone - $75
  • 2 Small Covered Bowls - $75
  • 2 Medium Covered Bowls - $125
  • 4 Breakfast Bowls - $180
  • Set of 3 Nesting Bowls - $200
  • Serving Bowls - $200
  • Experience: Learning Day with Sarah Kersten - $250
  • 4 Salad Bowls - $275
  • Fermentation Crocks - $300
  • All of the Rewards - $1500 (excluding the experience rewards)
  • Fermentation Workshop & Dinner - $2500

See pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here. We are happy to ship internationally! Please contact us for details: Info@SarahKersten.com

To receive your reward we need to be fully funded!

Why does it matter?

I'd love to be given the chance to continue working in a field I love, in a craft that I have been dedicated to since my teens. I've worked for years to bring the Fermentation Jars as far as I have, and now, in order to continue, I need my own kiln and my own studio. 

It's good news! With your support, I'll be able to develop and create more work. Until now, because of time and space constraints I've focused almost exclusively on making Fermentation Jars. So many more possibilities will open with the chance to work in my own space

The Value of Local Production:

As our world shifts, local production continues to be more relevant. I have worked hard for years to develop my skills and my knowledge and now the opportunities for makers like me are growing. With so many objects made overseas, it is empowering for me as an artist, and for you as the customer, to be able to trade at a local level. 

Help me build to my goal of having a studio to work in. Thank you in advance for your pledge to this campaign!

See more pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here. We are happy to ship internationally! Please contact us for details: Info@SarahKersten.com

 The goal of $30k will fund:

  • Kiln transportation and installation 
  • Adequate shelving and ventilation systems. 
  • A Glazing Station 
  • A Slipcasting Station 
  • Freestanding greywater sink that filters and recycles all water used in the studio
  • A shipping station and small office

The Rewards: 

By contributing to this campaign you will build your personal karma as well as receive Vegetable Fermentation Jars and new, original pieces from bowls to coffee brewing cones. Thank you in advance for your pledge and contribution! I am so grateful. 

See more pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here.

Set of three Nesting Covered Bowls: $200 reward level
Set of three Nesting Covered Bowls: $200 reward level
Vegetable Fermentation Jar in Matte Blue: $300 Reward Level
Vegetable Fermentation Jar in Matte Blue: $300 Reward Level

See more pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here.

Succulent Pot: $40 Reward Level
Succulent Pot: $40 Reward Level

See more pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here.

Set of two Medium Covered Bowls: $125 Reward Level
Set of two Medium Covered Bowls: $125 Reward Level

See more pictures and details about the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign here.

Pour Over Coffee Cone: $75 Reward Level
Pour Over Coffee Cone: $75 Reward Level

Stretch Goal: 

Any money over the funding goal will be used to start phase 3 of the build out (anything beyond the essentials listed above) and to begin to pay back the initial loans from my friends and family. 

A few last (important) words . . . 

I couldn't be more pleased with how organically my business has grown and developed. From working by myself and selling online to working closely with my business manager and hiring studio assistants, it has been a really worthwhile challenge. I have grown a lot in the process, and I am so grateful to have this opportunity. 

I'm inspired by the power of my small business to grow community, generate fair jobs, and by the way that developing a business can be as creative as making a piece of pottery. 

As I grow, I'm committed to continuing to adopt progressive practices and innovating ways to build a smart, handmade design business. 

Thank you for your support! 

*We are happy to ship internationally! Please contact us for details: Info@SarahKersten.com *

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that the build out of the studio will not go as planned. To prepare for that risk, we've been working with an experienced contractor, an architect, and an engineer to fully prepare for the project.

Running a business of any size is risky. Sarah Kersten Handmade has been a functioning, self sustaining, business for almost three years. This fundraising effort has been carefully calculated, and the need to build a studio is urgent.

If you would like to see our business plan please reach out here or via email: Info@SarahKersten.com

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    *A HUGE thank you and post card*

    We are so grateful for your support! Every contribution makes a difference. The cards will be designed by Sarah and made exclusively for this kickstarter campaign.

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    *Plant Pot with Succulent*

    A hand thrown pot with a beautiful California succulent plant! Cheerful on any sunny windowsill or desk. Exclusive to our kickstarter campaign.
    See all images in rewards link on the left!

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    *2 Small Bowls*

    Beautiful, hand thrown small dishes, useful as salt & pepper bowls, ring holders, or for the perfect scoop of ice cream. Each bowl measures approximately 4 inches across and 2 inches tall.

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    *Coffee Cone*

    This coffee cone was designed for optimal coffee brewing; the textural inside of the cone and the overall design prevent over-steeping. The perfect gift or acquisition for any coffee enthusiast. Works best with a size 02 paper filter. Slipcast and hand glazed.

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    *2 Small Covered Bowls*

    This set of 2 of the small size is useful for storing small portions, with a volume of 6 oz per bowl. Perfect for storing a savory snack. Covered Bowls come in 3 sizes and are designed for storing food without plastics. Bowls and lids stack for easy storage.

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    *2 Medium Covered Bowls*

    This set of 2 of the medium size is very useful. Store a batch of roasted vegetables to use in lunches during the week, or a bowl of Quinoa made ahead of time. Each dish holds one quart. Covered Bowls come in 3 sizes and are designed for storing food without plastics. Bowls and lids stack for easy storage.

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    *4 Breakfast Bowls*

    These hand thrown medium sized bowls are perfect for breakfast cereals and other delights. Each set of 4 bowls includes one of each slightly varied glaze tone. Each bowl is 6.5" across and 3" tall.

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    *Set of 3 Nesting Covered Bowls*

    This set of 3 Covered Bowls nests and stacks for easy storage in a cabinet or refrigerator. The largest covered bowl measures 10" across x 4" tall and holds 4 quarts, perfect for storing a potluck dish made in advance, or a large batch of cookie dough. Covered Bowls are designed for storing food without plastics. Bowls and lids stack for easy storage.

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    *Serving Bowl in Robin’s Egg Blue Speckle Glaze*

    This hand thrown shallow bowl is ideal for serving an enormous amount of fruit, or enough roasted corn for all of your friends, or a party sized portion of potato salad. Each bowl measures 14" across and 4" tall.

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    *Serving Bowl in Iron Spot Speckle Glaze*

    This hand thrown shallow bowl is ideal for serving an enormous amount of fruit, or enough roasted corn for all of your friends, or a party sized portion of potato salad. Each bowl measures 14" across and 4" tall.

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    *Set of 3 Nesting Covered Bowls*

    This set of 3 Covered Bowls nests and stacks for easy storage in a cabinet or refrigerator. The largest covered bowl measures 10" across x 4" tall and holds 4 quarts, perfect for storing a potluck dish made in advance, or a large batch of cookie dough. Covered Bowls are designed for storing food without plastics. Bowls and lids stack for easy storage.

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    ***EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY*** Spend an afternoon with the maker! You're invited to a four hour private session/lesson in my studio. I will provide clay, snacks, and fun times. Ask any questions, and spend the afternoon making whatever we come up with. Part of the afternoon will be personal instruction, and then I will be close by while you let your creativity bloom. I will personally make sure that your projects are fired to completion with my studio glazes. It will be fun!

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    *4 Salad Bowls*

    These hand thrown Entree salad sized bowls are useful and functional every day. A friend remarked that they are "the perfectly sized bowl for most occasions". Each set of 4 bowls includes one of each slightly varied glaze tone. Each bowl measures approximately 9" across and 2.5" tall. International donors please contact us for additional estimated shipping costs.

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    *Fermentation Crock in MATTE WHITE* The piece that started it all - The Fermentation Jar. Useful as a vessel for making sauerkraut, kimchi, or other live culture foods in at home. Each will be shipped with an instruction / recipe booklet, and weights that fit inside the jar to aid in the fermentation process.

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    *Fermentation Crock in GUNMETAL BLACK* The piece that started it all - The Fermentation Jar. Useful as a vessel for making sauerkraut, kimchi, or other live culture foods in at home. Each will be shipped with an instruction / recipe booklet, and weights that fit inside the jar to aid in the fermentation process.

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    *Fermentation Crock in MATTE BLUE* The piece that started it all - The Fermentation Jar. Useful as a vessel for making sauerkraut, kimchi, or other live culture foods in at home. Each will be shipped with an instruction / recipe booklet, and weights that fit inside the jar to aid in the fermentation process.

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    *Fermentation Crock in CLASSIC WHITE* The piece that started it all - The Fermentation Jar. Useful as a vessel for making sauerkraut, kimchi, or other live culture foods in at home. Each will be shipped with an instruction / recipe booklet, and weights that fit inside the jar to aid in the fermentation process.

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    *All Rewards*
    You love everything and JUST cannot decide?! Get them all! Receive all of the listed rewards (excluding the workshop) please choose ONE Fermentation Jar, in any of the four glaze colors. Rewards include: Thank you card, plant pot with succulent, 2 small bowls, coffee cone, set of covered bowls (small, medium, large), 4 breakfast bowls, 1 serving bowl, 4 salad bowls, 1 fermentation crock.

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    *Fermentation Workshop & Dinner for 8* Learn with your friends how to ferment vegetables and integrate them into your diet. Sarah Kersten will talk about fermentation benefits, show you how to ferment at home, and serve a fermentation filled meal. This workshop will take place in Berkeley over the course of 3 hours with a workshop, meal and conversation. We will provide plenty of food and beverages.

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Funding period

- (30 days)