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Potters without kilns

Providing firing services for the emerging artists by rebuilding and housing Warren MacKenzie's Salt Kiln in a timber frame barn.

Potters without kilns

Providing firing services for the emerging artists by rebuilding and housing Warren MacKenzie's Salt Kiln in a timber frame barn.

$1,606
pledged of $35,000pledged of $35,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, September 25 2014 5:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 25, 2014

About

 The Potters Without Kilns Program

Potters Without Kilns was founded by Mark Lusardi in 2013. This is the culmination of a dream to help emerging artists find a place to fire their work. Potters Without Kilns is an extension of an evolving community of artists who feel strongly about providing a foundation for recent graduates as well as those who are transitioning from place to place. The program offers education, equipment, and materials, that would take too long to acquire and would be too expensive for emerging artists to maintain. This is why we are seeking your assistance to finalize the funding necessary to build a barn for the kilns and equipment.

Potters Without Kilns – How the Kilns Were Acquired

Mark recently purchased potter Carl Erickson’s large reduction gas kiln. It was an unexpected offer from Carl’s wife and dear friend, Rebecca, after Carl’s passing in 2011 from pancreatic cancer. The kiln is also a gift from Mark’s father, who passed away four months after helping pay off the balance. The purchase of Carl’s kiln is very humbling because it is from a potter who inspired many artists in his lifetime. Carl was a master craftsman whose attention to detail was apparent in every aspect of his work.

In October of 2013, Mark was privileged to receive potter Warren MacKenzie’s original salt kiln that was built in 1968. Warren is renowned for his work and his passion to help fellow potters. It’s gratifying to own this kiln and with it Potters Without Kilns will continue to help the next generation of artists. Old kilns have a story to tell and people need only take the time and listen. This project has ignited a fire in the potters of the area. From emerging artists to credited international potters in the community, folks are helping to make this project a reality. Join us and be part of the legacy.

Potters Without Kilns – The Barn Project

The building of the barn is the essential aspect of this fundraising campaign and will allow Warren and Carl’s kilns to be protected and fired for many years to come. We have already secured $90,000 in kilns, burners, safety equipment, ventilation system, utilities, glazes, and materials. We need your help in raising the money for the barn. If we reach our fundraising goal, the kilns will be housed in an 18x26-ft timber-frame building with metal roofing, pine siding, and an open interior. The barn will have two sets of double doors for easy access, a side stall and loft for additional storage.

Country Carpenters 26 ft one story barn
Country Carpenters 26 ft one story barn

The Stories these Kilns can tell.  Hear, Listen, join us and be part of the legacy

Project.

Stage one is in progress.  We are moving an existing building, and clearing the site of obstacles. Getting the Building Permit, which has been preapproved by my township and the Zoning department. I believe in research ahead of time minimizes suprises later on.  I also have all the cost down for the utilities, cement, roofing, barn, site preparation, contractor, insulation, electrical, and the kiln materials to finish the project.

Stage two:  Grade and prep the site for the foundation. This includes removing stumps, applying an aggregate base, laying out the footings, and metal for the concrete slab that will be poured in late September once we reach our funding level.

Stage three:  Pay the deposit for barn and work with Country Carpenters to finish the building plans so they can start cutting the materials for the kit.

Stage four:  Staging the materials and preparing for the delivery of the barn. Pouring the foundation and laying the first course of blocks for the sill plate of the barn to set on.  Dismantle of another donated kiln,chimney stack and bricks from another potter that have to move to the site location for the rebuilding of.the two kilns, and now a third one.

Stage five:  building the barn and working with the local contractor, and the building inspector, making sure everything moves along safely as possible.  Once everything is set we should have the barn up and finished by late October early November.  The barn is set up first with the raising of the frame, then the installation roof, then the siding doors and windows.  Once everything is up we williams tall the electrical components, insulate and Sheetrock  the interior, install the ventallation system, and plumb in the gas for the kilns.

Stage six:  Rebuilding the kilns, and  finish the set up of burners, safety systems, and build storage racks for storage.  Set up the glazing area and heating system.  Move in all the glaze making chemicals kiln shelves, post, and kiln doors.

Stage seven:  Final walk through with the building inspector.  Test fire the kilns.  Do a walk through with Warren MacKenzie, Marjorie Wade, and some close friends before we get ready for the first firing.

Finish the purchase gifts, and prepare for mailing. 

Step eight: First Firing Celebration.  This will be determined by the weather.  If its an early winter we will have the grand opening in May so that its easier for more people to attend. Place the donor plaque on the wall of the barn, along with a group photo.  After the opening we will get the final picture printed and mail off the purchase gifts in early June. 

This is a big project that has been underway for several years acquiring the kilns and necessary material, but the barn is the hardest obstacle for us to get going, with your help we can bring this new firing facility on line and ready for the potters of the St. Croix river valley, Minneapolis and St. Paul region.  Come make this a reality for so many artists.

Thank you,

Risks and challenges

I have worked on several large projects over the years from organizing professional workshops, setting up a Community Pottery Studio at my local Community Commons in New Richmond Wisconsin, and teaching several Artists in residences throughout the Mid-West. The one important thing about any endeavor like this is planning and to make sure you have everything in place, by contacting the zoning, building inspector, electrical, contractor, site location, and detailing each part of the project to minimize any set backs. The only set back that could slow the building process is an early winter, but once the foundation is in place and the building is up we can build the kilns without worry of being in the elements. This project is gathering a lot of support from the Ceramic community and once the funding is in place we have multiple professionals standing by waiting to help see this project become a reality.

Sincerely,

Mark Lusardi

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    Breaking Ground! your name on one of the 2800 bricks that will be used to rebuild the kilns. Receive a Sincere Thank You and a picture postcard of the kilns in their new home. Your name will put on a plaque of donors and placed on the wall of the barn near the kilns to remind us of all our friends who helped make this dream a reality.

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    Pouring the Foundation! Picture postcard book of the entire project from taking down and rebuilding the kilns, firing, and the barn construction. Your name on one of the 2800 kiln bricks. Receive a Sincere Thank You email, and a picture of the kilns. Your name posted on the donor plaque.

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    Building the Frame! Gets a commemorative poster 11x17 of Potters Without Kilns. The poster will be a design by artist Kevin Brown of Smart Set in Minneapolis, MN. Your name on one of the 2800 kiln bricks. Receive a Sincere Thank You email, and a picture of the finished kilns. Your name posted on the plaque of donors.

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    Raising The Barn! Completing the Barn! Gets a 3 ¾” square brick tile recycled from the glazed bricks that lined Warren Mackenzie’s salt kiln. It is amazing to realize how many artists and students have touched these bricks, it will be a piece of history in your hands that will help continue the legacy of two kilns and artists that have helped so many potters.

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    Insulating the Barn! A voucher for kiln space in a future firing. This gets you a full kiln shelf: 12” x 26” x 8” tall. Voucher holders will be emailed a list of upcoming firings, and reserve your spot in that kiln load. This a great way to be more connected to the project!

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    Sheet rock and painting the barn! A set of nesting bowls from McKnight artist Kimberlee Joy Roth. Kimberlee’s ceramic work is very organic and wonderful to hold and is a wonderful addition to the gifts.

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    Rebuilding the Kilns! Receive a tea bowl from the first firing and get a 3” square brick tile recycled from the glazed bricks that lined Warren Mackenzie’s salt kiln. it will be a piece of history in your hands that will help continue the legacy of two kilns and artists that have helped so many potters.

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    Installing the Electricity! Set of 4 square brick tiles recycled from the glazed bricks that lined Warren Mackenzie’s salt kiln and a tea bowl from the first firing. It is amazing to realize how many artists and students have touched these bricks, it will be a piece of history in your hands that will help continue the legacy of two kilns and artists that have helped so many potters.

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    Installing the roof! Tea bowl from the first firing and a glazed brick recycled from the glazed bricks that lined Warren Mackenzie’s salt kiln. It will be a piece of history in your hands that will help continue the legacy of two kilns and artists that have helped so many potters. You will also receive a tea bowl from the first firing.

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    Building the loft! You will receive a hand sculpted wall tile 17” x 20” from Mark Lusardi’s Raku Kiln. Each tile is an abstract landscape that Mark creates from memories of the places he has traveled. Because it is Raku, each piece is an original and no two are alike. Receive a tea bowl from first firing, one brick tile recycled from the glazed bricks that lined Warren Mackenzie’s salt kiln.

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    Install the ventilation system! You will receive a tea bowl that was at the closing of the two kilns and will be at the opening celebration of the barn and the first firing. A set of nesting bowls from McKnight artist Kimberlee Joy Roth. A kiln brick from Warren Mackenzie’s old salt kiln, and a set of tiles from the bricks that lined Warren's kiln. Receive a Thank you picture of the finished kilns. Your name on one of the 2800 kiln bricks. Your name will also be posted on a plaque of donors

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    Firing Scholarships for Artists in need. A personal VIP spot to attend the first firing weekend celebration! You will be able to help load the first kiln load. There will be a series of Raku firings during the wait between segments, food and you will be included in the group photo for the thank you card. Plus four tea bowls for you to glaze, a kiln brick from Warren Mackenzie’s kiln. Receive a Thank you picture of the finished kilns.. Your name on one of the 2800 kiln bricks. Your name posted on a plaque of donors

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