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Fine handmade tile that shares the world's history through pattern, surface, and a passion for today's forgotten people and places.
236 backers pledged $25,415 to help bring this project to life.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    THANK YOU!::
    Even $5 makes a big difference! Your name will be fired permanently onto a 12" x 24" wall tile to be hung in a place of honor in my Petaluma, California studio. This plaque will commemorate all of the backers the of "Origins Tile" Kickstarter!

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    TERRA FIRMA::
    You will receive a big note of appreciation on a newsprint remnant of a silkscreen transfer used to create the patterns on the origins tiles. You Will also receive the reward from the "Thank You" pledge!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    SETTING THE FOUNDATION:
    A 3"x3" limited edition "Kickstarter" patterned tile of your own! This is an actual tile produced in my studio and stamped with a which would have otherwise found its way into a home or public art project. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledges!

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    A PATTERN FOR YOU:: A limited edition "Kickstarter" 4"x4" patterned coaster with felt glides (my best selling tile pictured left!) You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    BEHIND THE SCENES:: A Kickstarter reward Party and workshop!
    There will be a seat held just for you at my first ever public workshop and studio visit at my new Petaluma, California studio! Great Food, great company and more in this five hour day of demonstrations that cover my studio techniques, from tile to pottery! And as a special thank you, each participant will receive the 3"x3" tile mentioned in the "Setting the Foundation" reward plus the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!
    (Transportation not included)

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    TABLE SAVER::
    A limited edition "Kickstarter" 6"x6" patterned trivet with felt glides to protect surfaces from scratching. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    A touch of Color::
    Here it is, A Blue and White Yunomi (every day teabowl, or cup)! This is "Add-On" reward #1 Designed to help Origins Tile meet its first "Stretch Goal" now that we have met our initial funding goal of $20,000.

    Check out the Yunomi at my Facebook fan page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Forrest-Lesch-Middelton-Ceramics/124973367526087

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    BOTTOMS UP::
    A beautiful, award winning, limited edition "Kickstarter" coffee cup from my renowned line of studio pottery (Pictured Left). These durable stoneware cups are beyond useful, they are comfortable, captivating, and intriguing! (pictured left). You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    PATTERN FOR ALL::
    A set of four 4"x4" limited edition "Kickstarter" patterned coasters. Each coaster was a different pattern and felt glides to protect your surfaces. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $85 or more About $85

    SNACK TIME::
    Two 5" hand made limited edition "Kickstarter" dessert plates (Pictured left). These sweet little plates have a pattern on the top surface that adds a timeless feel to any snack or meal! You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    TABLE SAVER PLUS::
    A set of four 6"x6" limited edition "Kickstarter" patterned trivets. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    INSIDE OUT JARS (4.5" dia)::
    Two, yes count them two, "Inside out jars"! Pictured left, these are the perfect little jars for salt and pepper, herbs and spices, candy, jewelry and more! And like so many people, the beauty is on the inside! Since I started making them two years ago I truly can not keep them on the shelves!

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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    "Add-On" #4::
    By Pledging $225.00 you can have this 11" Reduction cooled Water Pitcher with volumetric image transfer. This pitcher works beautifully as a pitcher or a vase, and can be used with any beverage of your choice, hot or cold!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    ABUNDANCE::
    A 12" Diameter patterned limited edition "Kickstarter" serving Bowl (Pictured left). By generously pledging $250 you will receive a stunning serving bowl with a pattern added by means of Forrest's innovative volumetric image transfer process. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Feast!:: I have been making large scale platters for years. And now as "ADD-ON" Reward #2, I will be offering a limited number of these 14" platters in BLUE & WHITE to help Origins Tile meet its first "Stretch Goal" of $25,000 (we are only $1,500 away)! I have made only a handful of these large scale platters in Blue & White, so few that I have never photographed one! Check out one of these platters in the more common color scheme of black & white at my Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552434968113256.1073741826.124973367526087&type=3

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    SPRING IS HERE:: And for "ADD-ON" Reward #3 you can celebrate with a beautiful 14" articulated flower vase laden with a stunning floral hexagon and star pattern (pictured left)! These vases make great center pieces, and with their proud, stable stance and ample height they are perfect for a large spring bouquet! Your generosity will Help Origins Tile meet its stretch goal of $25,000, and will allow us to create silkscreens, in house, for more of these beautiful patterns!

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    INSPIRED BY FAR OFF PLACES::
    A patterned 16" limited edition "Kickstarter" Minaret Bottle" (detail left) These bottles most define what my work is all about. Inspired by the Minaret architecture of the middle east, these bottles speak of the beauty of far off places. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $750 or more About $750

    ADORNMENT::
    18"x18" PATTERNED MONOLITHIC WALL TILE.
    This single monolithic limited edition "Kickstarter" wall-tile is laden with historic patterning that will brighten any room! Fitted with a special cleat system for hanging. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and "Terra Firma" pledge!

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    FOREVER GRATEFUL::
    For this very generous pledge, you will receive a stunning 3 piece triptych of limited edition "Kickstarter" wall tile. Each individual tile measures 12" across and 24" in height for a total combined size of 24" height x 36" across. This dynamic set of wall-tiles laden with historic patterning will brighten any room! Fitted with a special cleat system for hanging. You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", "Terra Firma", and "Setting the Foundation" pledge!

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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    YOU BECOME THE ARTIST::
    As a major backer, you and one guest will be invited for a day in the studio with me, the tile maker! I will pick you up at the San Francisco or Oakland airport and bring you to my Petaluma, California studio to see the operation first hand! Once at my studio I will guide you though the making of your own set of four patterned coasters and four patterned trivets which I will fire and mail to you at a later date. Following the creation of your tiles, and a one-on-one demonstration of my studio technique, we will attend a dinner at Café La Haye, one of the wine country's finest restaurants, located just of the beautiful historic central plaza in downtown Sonoma [Airfare and overnight accommodations not included].
    You will also receive the rewards from the "Thank You", and Terra Firma" pledge!

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