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I need a new kiln to keep up with production goals as well as improve consistency and efficiency.
I need a new kiln to keep up with production goals as well as improve consistency and efficiency.
181 backers pledged $13,511 to help bring this project to life.

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I need a new kiln. I've been firing in an undersized, antique gas kiln for the past 4.5 yrs, and it's time to upgrade this critical piece of equipment so that I can continue to grow as a ceramic artist and small business owner. Every once in a while I step back and marvel at how much I have accomplished while juggling the demands of parenting and potting. (I have 2 young children now 5 and 3 yrs old). It hasn't always been easy, but there is an indescribable lure to clay that got me hooked 20 yrs ago and my commitment hasn't wavered. I now sell my pots to stores and galleries throughout the region, travel to sell pots at art fairs, host annual sales at my Danby, NY studio and am one of the founding members of the Finger Lakes Pottery Tour. Remarkably, I've maintained a sustainable business with sub par equipment for many years and I'm ready to take this business from sustainable to thriving. The missing link to continued creative and financial growth is a larger kiln!

These are only samples of various reward levels.  All rewards will be new work fired in the new kiln!
These are only samples of various reward levels. All rewards will be new work fired in the new kiln!

The new kiln will be built on site and has been professionally designed to meet my particular firing requirements. I have already built the structure to accommodate the kiln and am asking for your help to pay for the materials and labor for the kiln itself. This will be a 30 cubic foot downdraft gas kiln fueled by 2 propane fired venturi burners. High-quality insulating brick will be utilized in construction to maximize efficiency and durability while minimizing my carbon footprint. While kilns themselves are simple in concept, the design, proportions and materials used are crucial elements to obtain optimum performance.

This kiln will enable me to continue to meet demands of existing customers and expand my business to offer wedding registry options (I can't fire enough plates in the kiln I have now!). Most importantly, having a larger kiln will allow more time between firings giving me opportunity to focus on particular forms and new ideas.

I am committed to helping to keep this craft alive through workshops, lessons, community events and apprenticeship opportunities. I also give back to my local community as much as I can and have been a yearly supporter of Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County, and Healthy Food For All. YOUR donation will help me continue to do the work I love, support my family and contribute to charitable organizations that are necessary resources in our community, all while expanding my professional career as a ceramic artist.

Building is scheduled to start early March as long as I have sufficient funding! 

Breakdown of expenses is as follows:

Stretch goals:

Now that I've raised the funds for the kiln, my first stretch goal is to raise $1,200 so I'm able to purchase 14x28" kiln shelves for the new kiln! Any and all additional funds will go towards a stainless steel de-airing pug mill/mixer (approximately $5,000) that will make clay processing much faster and my hands and wrists will be sooooo much happier!

 

Risks and challenges

The kiln design and budget has been well planned and gone over with a fine tooth comb. The only potential risk I can think of is the possibility that the first few firings in the new kiln might not turn out pots I love. There's an inevitable learning curve when developing a relationship with a new kiln and it can sometimes take several firings before obtaining desired results. If this happens I would need to decide whether to notify backers that their rewards might take longer, or fire the rewards in the old kiln while continuing to test in the new one. Either way, rest assured you will only receive top-quality pots that I love as much as you will, it could possibly just take a little more time!

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    Strength in numbers!

    Seriously, every dollar counts! Thanks for helping to make this project a reality!

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    Thank you!

    Every dollar counts! I will send you a thank you card printed with my new kiln floor plan!

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    Come celebrate with me!

    Thank you, every dollar counts! I'll send you a card with a print of my new kiln floor plan and an invitation to my kiln warming party. (Light refreshments, and tour of the kiln provided)

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    One of a kind surprise cup!

    I really appreciate your support! I'll send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party and give you an awesome, one of a kind surprise cup! (Sizes and style will vary, all will be cool, none will have handles.)

    Add on option: Make it a pair! (Or a trio...) Once you select this reward, each $40 added to your pledge will add one additional surprise cup to your shipment. (So, $90 for 2 cups, $130 for 3 cups etc.)

    Kickstarter doesn't allow us to create a local pick-up option for shipping fees, so if you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    Surprise cup- early bird special!

    I really appreciate your support! As a thanks for helping to get the momentum going, I'm offering FREE shipping for a limited time! I'll send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party and give you an awesome, one of a kind surprise cup! (Sizes and style will vary, all will be cool, none will have handles.)

    Add on option: Make it a pair! (Or a trio...) Once you select this reward, each $40 added to your pledge will add one additional surprise cup to your shipment. (So, $90 for 2 cups, $130 for 3 cups etc.)

    If you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your added benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    One of a kind mug- artists top pick

    Thanks for your help! I'll send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party and one of my favorite mugs fired in my new kiln!

    Add on option: Once you select this reward, each $60 added to your pledge will add one additional surprise mug to your shipment. ($150 for 2 mugs, $210 for 3 etc.)

    Kickstarter doesn't allow us to create a local pick-up option for shipping fees, so if you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    Teabowl

    Thank you for your support! As per my teacher's request I will make a limited run of of tea bowls. These will all be one-of-a-kind. I will also send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan and an invitation to my kiln warming party!

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    One of a kind mug- early bird special!

    As a thank you for being one of the first to back this campaign shipping is FREE for a limited time! AND I'll send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party and one of my favorite mugs fired in my new kiln!

    Add on option: Once you select this reward, each $60 added to your pledge will add one additional surprise mug to your shipment. ($150 for 2 mugs, $210 for 3 etc.)

    If you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your added benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    Salt cellar

    I made a few prototypes of these a while back and I use one of them every day. I honestly don't know why I haven't made more because I LOVE mine. It will come with a little handmade ceramic spoon. I keep mine by my stove for use while I'm cooking, but would love to have one at the table as well. I'll also send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan and an invitation to my kiln warming party.

    Kickstarter doesn't allow us to create a local pick-up option for shipping fees, so if you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    For Potters: Fire with gas!

    Thanks for your support! I'll send you a card printed with my new kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party and a 2 hour glazing workshop at my studio. 10 lbs of my custom clay will be provided for use at your home. Bring 6 bisque-fired cups or small bowls, or other smallish pieces (no more than 5"x3") and I'll guide you through using my glazes then fire them for you in the new kiln! (This reward is limited to individuals with previous experience with clay and glazes, you must use my clay or a verified cone 10 clay body, and you must create and bisque fire your pieces in your own studio.)

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    Get one of the best!

    Your support makes a big difference! I will send you a card printed with my kiln floor plan, an invitation to my kiln warming party, and one of my favorite pieces from the first successful firing in my new kiln! (Piece might be a LARGE serving bowl, platter or vase, I'll just surprise you with one of my favorites!)

    Kickstarter doesn't allow us to create a local pick-up option for shipping fees, so if you are local and planning to attend the kiln warming party, your benefit will be choosing your own reward from a wide variety at this reward level.

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    Pick your prize!

    You are helping me so much I'd like you pick out your own favorite LARGE piece of pottery! Just let me know your form preference (Vase, platter, serving bowl, teapot, and when one comes along that strikes your fancy you get first dibs. (I'll send all backers in this category notification via email when new favorites become available). I will also send you a card printed with my kiln floor plan, an invitation to the kiln warming party and your name (or the name of a loved one) engraved on a brick in my kiln! I do ask that final selections be made by 11/1/2018 before the start of my busiest, holiday production season. Thank you!

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