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Help Kansas City Urban Potters raise the visibility of local studio pottery and engage with the community.
Help Kansas City Urban Potters raise the visibility of local studio pottery and engage with the community.
169 backers pledged $11,834 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Vision

Kansas City Urban Potters plans to use Kickstarter funds to broaden the visibility of contemporary studio pottery to local and regional audiences. We have two main goals: 1) host an annual spring invitational exhibition and 2) create personal connections through community engagement. Our long-term vision includes integrating these two goals during a weekend full of workshops, community projects, and collaborative events with local chefs and organizations. Our immediate plan is to start by establishing an annual spring invitational event, scheduled for May 8 – 10, 2015.

For our first event, we have invited six nationally recognized potters from around the country to exhibit alongside our core members. We are designing a display that feels like a well-designed home interior. We will construct flat-pack tables, risers and shelves: one for each core member and one for each invited artist. Providing well-designed furniture that is easy to assemble and transport will give the event a cohesive look. Quality wood is expensive, so the more money we can raise, the nicer we can make our display furniture. 

Why $6000

In addition to building displays and renting a venue, there are other upfront expenses involved in planning our yearly invitational, such as advertising, catering, lighting, and packaging. We want this to be an event people look forward to attending each year. We feel that even the small details are important to the success of our vision.

Your Kickstarter pledges are an investment in KCUP’s future. Once we meet our Kickstarter goals, our yearly invitational will be a sustainable event. We will use a percentage of each sale to pay for the following year’s sale expenses. Giving back to the community is important to us. Although we are actively fundraising, we know that after our spring event, we will be donating a portion of the sale proceeds to fund a scholarship for a class at a local arts center. These will be given to people in the Kansas City community who might not otherwise be able to attend.

Who We Are

We are a recently formed collective of potters in the Kansas City area started by Chandra DeBuse, Paul Donnelly, Jana Evans, Rain Harris, Meredith Host, Erica Iman, and Alex Watson. Find out more about each of our members through our website's About page. 

Our members have a strong history of community involvement.  In 2010, Jana Evans created her first event bringing community together through handmade pottery.  This event raised over 440 pounds of food, which was donated to a local food pantry. Another KCUP core member, Paul Donnelly, is currently volunteering his time as the 2016 on-site liaison for the Kansas City NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Conference.  As a group, we will be organizing and participating in community-based events in order to help educate and increase awareness of our mission...and this gives us a chance to give back to Kansas City. We hope to get some clay in people's hands through pop-up workshops throughout town, to create personal connections with the community through farm-to-table, local, handmade pottery dinners, and to get a mug in everyone's hand so they can feel the difference something handmade can make in their morning coffee experience. 


Rewards for Your Support

As a Founding Supporter we hope to keep a relationship with you throughout our growth as an organization. You'll be the first to be invited to all of our events, you'll receive our quarterly newsletter and your name will be posted on our website and at our annual Spring Invitational as a "Founding Supporter."

Don't forget the fantastic rewards we've made for our backers! After checking out all of the options for rewards in our images shown here, just choose the artist and pledge amount that matches your choice on the right.  All pledge prices include packaging & shipping within the continental U.S.  Contact us before you pledge to request international shipping, so we can quote you an accurate surcharge. We have been hard at work making these rewards for you and they will be ready to ship at the end of our campaign, just in time for the holidays!

These porcelain magnets and pins are just about 1.5 inches across. They are glazed in different colors and they have the KCUP logo on the front. No dogs were hurt in the making of this image!
These porcelain magnets and pins are just about 1.5 inches across. They are glazed in different colors and they have the KCUP logo on the front. No dogs were hurt in the making of this image!
These lovely heavy-duty canvas tote bags are perfect for going to the market!  Each one has a screen-printed image designed especially for KC Urban Potters by Sage Perrott of Haypeep.   They are 16”x17.5” with generous 23” straps.
These lovely heavy-duty canvas tote bags are perfect for going to the market! Each one has a screen-printed image designed especially for KC Urban Potters by Sage Perrott of Haypeep. They are 16”x17.5” with generous 23” straps.
At the $60 reward level you can choose one item: an Alex Watson cup, a Meredith Host snack plate, a small jar by Jana Evans, or a yunomi by Chandra DeBuse, Erica Iman or Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
At the $60 reward level you can choose one item: an Alex Watson cup, a Meredith Host snack plate, a small jar by Jana Evans, or a yunomi by Chandra DeBuse, Erica Iman or Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
At the $75 reward level you can choose one item: a vase by Alex Watson or Jana Evans, a cup by Meredith Host, Chandra DeBuse, or Erica Iman, or a collaborative bowl by Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
At the $75 reward level you can choose one item: a vase by Alex Watson or Jana Evans, a cup by Meredith Host, Chandra DeBuse, or Erica Iman, or a collaborative bowl by Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
At the $150 reward level: a jar by Alex Watson, a vase by Jana Evans or Meredith Host, a custom pet portrait plate by Chandra DeBuse, an Erica Iman serving plate, or a collaborative pitcher by Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
At the $150 reward level: a jar by Alex Watson, a vase by Jana Evans or Meredith Host, a custom pet portrait plate by Chandra DeBuse, an Erica Iman serving plate, or a collaborative pitcher by Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris.
Each tumbler is hand made by a different member.  The colors & patterns will vary, so no two six-packs will be exactly the same. This is a great way to get a handmade piece of pottery by every member of the collective!
Each tumbler is hand made by a different member. The colors & patterns will vary, so no two six-packs will be exactly the same. This is a great way to get a handmade piece of pottery by every member of the collective!
We believe that handmade dishes can make any dinner party more special.  At this reward level you will receive six 4-piece place settings, one made by each member of KCUP.
We believe that handmade dishes can make any dinner party more special. At this reward level you will receive six 4-piece place settings, one made by each member of KCUP.

With your help, we hope to create a strong organization, bringing handcrafted contemporary ceramics forward in the Kansas City area. We greatly appreciate your support!

Risks and challenges

The details of organizing and presenting an event like this include: advertising, finding an event space, professional display, and accounting. Additionally, reaching out to communities and exposing new audiences to ceramics will be a challenge that we are excited to overcome.

We believe there is strength in numbers. As a collective we can accomplish a great deal by utilizing the resources that each of our members brings to the table. Kansas City Urban Potters feel very confident that we can realize our goals to expand the visibility of contemporary studio pottery through invitational exhibitions, public lectures, and community-based events. Please help us overcome these challenges by pledging your support.

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    You will receive our quarterly email newsletter, which will keep you up to date on our progress as a collective. This will include updates on exhibitions, pop-up workshops, and other great KCUP activities. We will also list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    Porcelain Magnet. You will receive one random color handmade magnet with our KCUP logo. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    Porcelain Pin. You will receive one random color handmade pin with our KCUP logo. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    One Handmade Drink Cup. You will receive an invitation to our Preview Party at our Spring Invitational. At the event you can select a small drink cup of your choice made by one of our members. A great deal for handmade pottery! You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    Porcelain Magnet and Pin. You will receive one random color handmade pin and a magnet with our KCUP logo. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a heavy-duty canvas tote bag with a screen-printed image designed exclusively for Kansas City Urban Potters by Sage Perrott of Haypeep. The bag is 16"x17.5” with 23” straps. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a wheel-thrown mug made by Alex Watson. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a hand made 7.5-8” snack plate made by Meredith Host. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a hand made yunomi (handle-less cup) made by Chandra DeBuse. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a hand made yunomi (handle-less cup) made by Paul Donnelly and decorated by Rain Harris. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a hand made yunomi (handle-less cup) made by Erica Iman. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a small 3"-tall lidded jar made by Jana Evans. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    Tumbler by Chandra DeBuse. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Chandra DeBuse. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    Tumbler by Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Paul Donnelly and decorated by Rain Harris. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    Tumbler by Jana Evans. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Jana Evans. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    Tumbler by Meredith Host. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Meredith Host. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    Tumbler by Erica Iman. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Erica Iman. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    Tumbler by Alex Watson. You will receive one handmade tumbler by Alex Watson. You will also receive our quarterly newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter

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    You will receive a mug made by Erica Iman. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 7"-tall vase made by Jana Evans. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a mug made by Chandra DeBuse. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 4”x6” bowl made by Paul Donnelly and decorated by Rain Harris. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 8" vase made by Alex Watson. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 9" jar made by Alex Watson. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 10"-tall vase made by Jana Evans. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 17" long serving platter made by Erica Iman. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive an 8.5"-9.5" vase made by Meredith Host. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 12" long custom pet portrait plate by Chandra DeBuse. This is a limited edition created only for our Kickstarter backers. Just send us a picture of your pet and Chandra will design a lovely long plate with their image! You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a 9-10" pitcher made by Paul Donnelly and decorated by Rain Harris. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    You will receive a six-pack of tumblers: one made by each member of the collective. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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    Each member has created a four-piece place setting. You will receive six settings: one made by each member of the collective. You will also receive our quarterly email newsletter and we will list your name at our sale and on our website as a Founding Supporter.

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Funding period

- (33 days)