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Boutique Style Classes where you can create something in one session, plus Memberships for experienced Potters & Retail Shop! Read more

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Boutique Style Classes where you can create something in one session, plus Memberships for experienced Potters & Retail Shop!

Winsted, CT Public Art
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We've been busy firing and are now getting ready for our FIRST glaze firing!
We've been busy firing and are now getting ready for our FIRST glaze firing!

Have you ever wanted to take a Pottery Class but you didn't have time for a 6-8 week commitment?!

Nutmeg Potters was created to better our Community through Art.  Not only does participation in a group studio setting bring stress relief, social and creative release to the individuals attending, but we are also very involved in Community efforts such as "Empty Bowls" and other local fundraisers as individuals and as a group.  

Members Jack and Kathy Donohue have donated over 300 bowls in the past to the Torrington Soup Kitchens fundraiser "Empty Bowls".  We even added a reward where Jack and other members will make a bowl and donate it in your name!

(By the way, Kathy is making the Unomi's for our Tea for Two Reward!)  

Nutmeg Potters offers a new spin on the traditional Classes, where you can book a session when you want to make something.  No commitments or large expenses.  No experience needed.  It's an ideal way to entertain a weekend guest, or treat yourself to some much needed creative time without much disruption to your current schedule.    

great example of a medium clay project you can complete in one evening.
great example of a medium clay project you can complete in one evening.

We know only too well how busy Life can get and we are THRILLED to be offering choices to help others strike a balance between work and play. 

It's been my dream to create the type of Pottery Studio where people of any skill level can come in and create a fabulous work of original art in just one session with the help of an Instructor who will sit with you to ensure you create what you set out to, and enjoy the entire process.     

We also offer Memberships to experienced Potters where each Artist has their own dedicated space to set up their own wheel and/or handbuilding station.  We have a Gallery/Retail space, allowing each Potter to go from Kiln to Showroom.      

We give member Debbie Angell the award for most creative use of space!  She's figured out how to have a hand building station on top of her wheel thats easily moved and put away for when she wants to throw.
We give member Debbie Angell the award for most creative use of space! She's figured out how to have a hand building station on top of her wheel thats easily moved and put away for when she wants to throw.

Where we're at currently:

We're fully up and running!  ~  We finished rewiring the kiln and received the nod of approval from our local Building Inspector and Fire Marshall!  I've had two classes and am getting ready for a Troop of Girl Scouts to come in for their Clay Badge!!!  Fun!

Pam and I have been mixing glazes for the past few days (you would laugh if you saw us...we look like Lucy and Ethel).  We're using buckets of fresh water...one for first rinse, one for second etc...  But we have to, this stuff is so silty, it will ruin our plumbing if it gets in there.    

I'm happy to report that our Member Potters are getting ready for our first glaze firing!   

Nutmeg's goals:

This is our list of what we're raising $ for in this project:  
  • 2 - Cinks ($2300 ea) - Not a spelling error, but it's actually a stand alone sink using a bucket & filter system to keep clay and substrate out of our plumbing. We want to purchase two: one for clay cleanup and one for glaze cleanup. 
  • Electrician ($600) - we had to hire one to run a larger wire from the breaker box and install the appropriate breaker switch, and a specialty nema plug for the kiln.
  • Spray Booth ($2000) - so we can layer our glazes in the most effective and interesing ways.  This will also make single firing a possibility.
  • Sign -  I've decided instead of purchasing one, I'll paint it myself!  Just need to get over my fear of going up a ladder that high to get it down and put it back up.  Whew...ok I can do this, I can do this, one rung at a time!    
  • Miscellaneous - There are many items that go into making a group Studio run like a well oiled machine.  If we exceed our goal, I could even purchase a "House Wheel" for offering private wheel classes too.  ; )
Kitty Cat face magnets mentioned in our rewards - freshly stamped
Kitty Cat face magnets mentioned in our rewards - freshly stamped
This is where YOU come in... 

Become a Backer for our project, and in exchange for your support, you will be showered with good karma & great rewards!  Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped creativity flourish in a really neat New England Town.  We have a lovely space, and have done a lot of work to get setup, and are in the final stretch on our "to do" list to make it a fully functioning Pottery Studio. 

assortment of freshly stamped magnets awaiting your color palette
assortment of freshly stamped magnets awaiting your color palette
 Kickstarter is an "All or Nothing" crowd funding platform.  If we don't reach our goal we get nothing and everyone will be very sad!!!  
In addition to becoming a Backer, you can help by sharing this project with your friends, family & online networks!  
One of the Rewards: Debs Signature Pumpkin Plate in Neutral Colors
One of the Rewards: Debs Signature Pumpkin Plate in Neutral Colors
We have a lovely and relazed Gallery/Retail space where our Potters can go from Kiln to Showroom.
We have a lovely and relazed Gallery/Retail space where our Potters can go from Kiln to Showroom.
The little spice bowls are perfect size for a little cream for the "Boss" of the House.
The little spice bowls are perfect size for a little cream for the "Boss" of the House.
These are the "Shrimp Cocktail Chalices" mentioned in our Rewards!  They are in a bone dry state waiting to be fired in the kiln.  Glazes will be chosen to compliment the pot when full of succulent shrimp!
These are the "Shrimp Cocktail Chalices" mentioned in our Rewards! They are in a bone dry state waiting to be fired in the kiln. Glazes will be chosen to compliment the pot when full of succulent shrimp!

We have an inviting and relaxed retail/gallery space allowing our Potters to go from kiln to sale & give other local Artists a place to showcase their talents!

 Everyday, new improvements are being made.  Right now, our Potters are working out of large water buckets at their stations until the utility sinks w/clay traps are installed. We have a water source via the bathroom sink, but it's not practical for a working studio for many reasons. Luckily all our Potters are real troopers & "down to earth" so that doesn't bother us too much for now, but it's not part of the Big Picture!

Anticipating Spring after a long...very long Winter here in New England.  We woke up to snow today...3/31!
Anticipating Spring after a long...very long Winter here in New England. We woke up to snow today...3/31!

We also offer Glass Painting.  It's a nice alternative for those who also want to take something Home they created that night.

Glass Painting is ALOT of fun too!!!
Glass Painting is ALOT of fun too!!!
Right now, we have a small hand sign that I snapped out with Sharpies displayed in the front window.
Right now, we have a small hand sign that I snapped out with Sharpies displayed in the front window.

Where are we located?!?  

Our Studio is located in the downtown section of Winsted, Connecticut. Main Street is home to several antique dealers, family-owned businesses and successful dining establishments. Nutmeg Potters is in a strong location between two local favorite attractions, Healthfood Corner and Monaco's Ristorante. The Gilson Theatre is another popular destination on our side of the street, offering first-run films and an impressive menu for a "dinner and a movie" experience second to none. The community here is thriving and a resurgence in local business interest make Nutmeg Potters a right move and a great addition to local community offerings. 

Summertime brings an influx of vacationers to Winchester's Highland Lake and nearby West Hill Lake, in Barkhamsted. Route 44 runs right through the center of town, and is part of the New England antique hunter's annual pilgrimage. There are beautiful grand homes, two pristine lakes with adorable vacation cottages, friendly locals, great food, all which contribute to strong three-season foot traffic.

We opened our doors to the public the week before Christmas!  What a gift. It was a wonderful time to open and traffic was encouraging! We offered ornament and glass painting to the public (which went well) and the free tea, hot cocoa and cookies kept tummies warm!

We arranged the Studio so that the retail space in front flanks the sides, leaving the middle of the room wide open so patrons can observe all the Potters working! 

So JOIN US!!!  This is your chance to become part of a wonderful burst of creative energy that's joining our lovely town!      

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Risks and challenges

I've brought our local building inspector into the planning process to ensure all additions are appropriate and adherent to code. I have received his approval on kiln venting position, flooring and sink location plans. I have also instituted a bid procedure for each job, collecting three separate quotes from licensed contractors to guarantee the most cost-effective, code-compliant solutions. Local relationships, family and friends have been incredible resources for talent and technical know-how!

Once the studio and gallery projects are completed, our immediate mechanical challenges will be resolved and we can set about the goal of making beautiful, great selling New England stoneware!

Promotion of sales and growth of our community involvement is already in motion. I am pleased to say that local reception and pledges of support have been very encouraging, and interest is high for children's classes. Parents of home-schoolers and one scout leader have already expressed interest in group classes for the young ones. And we have had daily inquiries regarding our offerings of adult beginner's classes and demos.

While word of mouth has already produced significant foot traffic and gallery sales, I will be utilizing social media, local business relationships, remote consignment agreements, in-house sales events, and online presence all to promote and create sell-through of our wonderful wares. Your involvement and support of this venture will put it squarely on target for success!

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    The "Good Karma" reward! We understand the power of a dollar when a group of people collectivly come together. In appreciation for your pledge I will also wish you "Health, Wealth & Prosperity" as I'm sitting at the potters wheel creating. We will also mention your name on our "Thanks to All of our Backers!" page @ www.nutmegpotters.com

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    KITTIES!!!! Who doesnt love 'em?!? This reward will ensure you have some cute little Kitty faces smiling back at you in the form of "Kitty Cat Face Magnets!"
    Set of 3 ~ Specify if you have a color preference to match your little darlings. We will also mention your name on our "Thanks to all of our Backers!" page @ www.nutmegpotters.com

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    The Empty Bowls Award ~
    Member Potter Jack Donohue reminded us of all the community work we do as individuals and as a group! Jack along with other members will make and donate one bowl for every $10 in the name of the donor to the empty bowls event that's held in nearby Torrington, CT. When you choose this reward, if you put higher increments of $10, we will know that you are choosing extra bowls.

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    Set of 4 Clay Refrigerator Magnets glazed in neutral earth tones or bold colors (You choose colors from our pallette when we get your info). We will be having a magnet making party after the end of the Kickstarter! We will be imprinting interesting textures into the clay and you will get an assortment of those textures in your set. We will also mention your name on our "Thanks to all of our Backers!" page @ www.nutmegpotters.com

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    Set of four hand made spice bowls ~ these versatile little bowls measuring 3-4" each are great for other things too like soy sauce, dipping sauces, earings, a little cream for your Kitty Cat, rings etc... Each will be unique and different from the other. We will also mention your name on our website and send you an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd where you can pick up your bowls! If you can't make the Gala we ship to you or deliver in person depending where you're located.

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    Small Clay Project Class

    This is good for a Kids Class, or any small project such as a mug, or small bowl, plate, candle holder etc... It's up to you what you'de like to make. This would be about a pound of clay, and an hour to construct. Classes are two visits, one to create and one to glaze. Each booked at your convenience, and Deb will sit with you to make sure you enjoy the entire process. We'll also mention your name on our "Thanks to all of our Backers!" page on the studio website. www.nutmegpotters.com and send you an invitation to our "Backers Gala" to be held on Friday May 23rd.

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    Mug & spoon rest! ~ Nothing is more wonderful than relaxing with a cup of coffee or tea in a hand made stoneware mug. We will also mention your name on our website plus send you an invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening night on Friday May 23rd!

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    Deb's signature "Pumpkin Plate" and Your name listed on our "Thanks to all of our Backers!" page on our studio website www.nutmegpotters.com Plus invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd.

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    Local - "Medium Clay Project" class, ($40 value) where you will come choose from our list of projects or tell us what you had in mind! Classes are two visits, one to create and one to glaze. Each booked at your convenience, and Deb will sit with you to make sure you enjoy the entire process. We'll also mention your name on our "Thanks to all of our Backers!" page on the studio website. www.nutmegpotters.com and send you an invitation to our "Backers Gala" to be held on Friday May 23rd.

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    Tea for Two! Set of two, 4" "Unomi" tea tumblers, two clay "leaves" great for teabag holders/spoonrests and some Home made cookies baked by yours truly! We'll even throw in some of our favorite tea that always seems to be brewing at the Studio...Bengal Spice! Plus mention on our website and an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd.

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    Set of 4 - juice glasses
    These little darlings are just the right size for a quadrouple shot of juice! Double, double of espresso or as darling little window ledge vases. Specify if you want a matching set or mix/matched in different glazes, colors & shapes. You will also be mentioned on our "Thanks to our Backers" page on our website & we'll send you an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd!

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    Set of 4 Cereal Bowls 6"diameter - glazed in layers of rich colors to give the start of your day an extra UMPH! We'll also mention your name on our "Thanks to our Backers" page on our website & send you an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd.

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    Local - One Large Clay Project Class, choose from a list of projects such as a large Platter or Fruit Bowl or tell Deb what you had in mind! This will entail two visits, one to create, the other to glaze. Deb sits with you to ensure you enjoy the entire process. We'll also mention your name on our "Thanks to our Backers" page on our website & send you an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd.

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    A custom order by Member Potter Pam Polderman! This reward is for TWO pieces made by Pam, such as a Chalice and Paten set. Your name will also be mentioned on our "Backers" page on our website plus we'll send you an Invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening night on Friday May 23rd.

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    Set of Four ~ Shrimp Cocktail Chalices!
    Theses were inspired by those white French "Lions Head" Soup Bowls with a raised pedestal. In fact, you could use them for soup or anything really. But all I know is when I looked at the assembled pieces for the first time, all I wanted to do was grate up some cabbage, throw a big dollop of Cocktail sauce inside and line the rim with big succulent Shrimp! We will also mention your name on our "Backers Page" at www.nutmegpotters.com and send you an invitation to our "Backers Gala" to be held on Friday May 23rd.

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    Set of 4 Mugs or Wine Chalices
    You choose the colors & item when we gather your personal information. We will also mention your name on our "Backers" page on our website. And send you an invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening on Friday May 23rd.

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    Dinner for Two Set -
    Two Dinner Plates, Two Bowls & Two Cups or Mugs. Colors to be chosen when we get your personal info. A hand made Thank You card signed by all of the Nutmeg Potters in addition to your name being mentioned on our "Backers" page on our website. And of course, invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening on Friday May 23rd.

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    A giant Vase made by member Shari Mellilo, like the one featured in our Kickstarter Movie! Your name will also be mentioned on our "Backers" page on our website plus an Invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening night on Friday May 23rd.

    Local pick up only, due to the size of this piece.

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    Sweethearts Ghosting Party!!! To be scheduled after successful funding is reached ~ Now "Ghosting" is a Free event we offer to everyone, but this is a Souped up VIP version! You and your Sweetie invite another Couple and we have a little party where we feed you Dinner (Amazing Potluck by Nutmeg Potters!) have some great laughs, get a chance to THANK YOU in person and show off the Studio and what You helped build. After dessert & coffee, we sit you down side by side at two wheels…(one for each couple) turn on the "Unchained Melody" playlist….yes we have more than one version of this great song, and then you're on! It's your chance to recreate that famous Pottery Scene from the movie "Ghost"…but only up to a certain point!!! Supplying your own Shirtless man is optional…LOL!!! We will hold up cue cards for you if needed, iphone video you and upload to site/address of your choosing. Plus an Invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening night on Friday May 23rd.

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    Dinner Party for 4 (You + 3) with the Nutmeg Potters! Come get the Royal Treatment as we give you a Tour of our Studio (that YOU helped finish!) & our heartfelt THANKS in person. All of the Nutmeg Potters are fabulous cooks. After Dinner, each of you can choose to do some Glass Painting or a pottery project. Pottery Projects require you to return at a later date to glaze as well. Your name will also be mentioned on our "Backers" page on our website plus an Invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening night on Friday May 23rd.

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    Custom Set of Dishes!!! (4 settings). It's true, food really does taste better on Handmade Stoneware! Maybe it's because you're not only eating on something functional but beautiful too. Each setting consists of a 11-12" Dinner Plate, 8"Bread or Dessert Plate, 6"Bowl & a Mug. See our video for an example of the Dinner Sets Deb makes. A hand made Thank You card signed by all of the Nutmeg Potters in addition to your name being mentioned on our "Backers" page on our website. And of course, invitation to our "Backers Gala" Grand Opening on Friday May 23rd.

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    Honorary Member for a Year! This gives you unlimited access to the studio during our normal published business hours where you can create up to 3 average pieces a week or one large piece a week for ONE YEAR!!! Clay, Instruction, Firings and Glazes included! You would also be mentioned on our "Thanks to our Backers" page on our website & we'll send you an invitation to our Backers Gala on Friday May 23rd. And....you would also get your very own page on our website under "Meet the Potters" where we would feature your work!

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