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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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