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I make sturdy, high-fired porcelain tableware with fine illustrations in my Brooklyn studio-- I'm looking to launch the RAM line! Read more

Brooklyn, NY Ceramics
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I make sturdy, high-fired porcelain tableware with fine illustrations in my Brooklyn studio-- I'm looking to launch the RAM line!

Brooklyn, NY Ceramics
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About this project

I'm Susannah, artist and designer behind SKT Ceramics. My durable, high-fired porcelain pieces are dipped in luminous glaze and feature one of my many original illustrations. The forms and illustrations are designed to bring delight to your table every day.  

Over the past six years, I've developed and produced my core pottery forms-- cups, bowls, vases and mugs. Each form has been individually thrown on the potter's wheel.

I want to add a new type of porcelain production to the SKT studios while retaining the high quality wares my company has become known for. 

Let me introduce you to the SKT Ceramics RAM line! 

Aside from being a majestic animal, the RAM is an industrial pottery press, invented and produced by a small Ohio family-owned business. I want to use this machine with my wheel-thrown forms as a starting point to create a new, streamlined and industrialized line of fine porcelain wares. The RAM pressed pottery pieces will be sturdy, durable, high-fired and adorned with my original illustrations. 

In showing your support for the RAM line through our Kickstarter campaign, you're helping us grow our manufacturing capabilities in Brooklyn and will be the first to have the SKT Ceramics RAM line in your hands! 

With the new line will come opportunities for new designs-- so I'm also offering you a chance at the first SKT tiger, ostrich and polar bear pottery pieces and will be posting the illustrations here over the course of the campaign. 

NEW Tiger, Ostrich and Polar Bear Illustrations
NEW Tiger, Ostrich and Polar Bear Illustrations

Why $16,000?

The RAM press is a $30,000 machine, and weighs almost two tons, so with shipping and electrical setup, my initial costs are going to be over $32,000. I've secured a business loan through my long-time lender, Accion USA, for $16,000 but in order to bring the RAM to Brooklyn, I have to raise the balance! It seem like a bold undertaking for my small business but the increased production and shortened lead times will allow me to take my business to new levels. 

Please remember, Kickstarter funding is ALL OR NOTHING! So in order for me to be able to launch the RAM line and deliver your pieces, we have to reach our goal. Spreading the word to your friends, family and other SKT supporters is so appreciated!

Connect on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/sktceramics

Follow on instagram: http://instagram.com/sktceramics

See my wheel thrown line: http://sktceramics.com/

Rewards

U.S. shipping is included! International shipping is based on the item selected.  

Theo sports the SKT ram tattoo!
Theo sports the SKT ram tattoo!

SKT Tattoos! Wear your love of SKT illustrations, near your sleeve! ($5)  A group of three SKT temporary tattoos- the first of their kind! You'll get the Ram, Tiger and Polar Bear tattoos, and a SKT Ram postcard. 

SKT Ceramics 30" by 30" natural flour sack towel
SKT Ceramics 30" by 30" natural flour sack towel

SKT Ram Flour Sack towel- ($16) a kickstarter exclusive towel. This 30" by 30" natural flour sack towels is screen printed with my original Ram illustration, created just for this project. Perfect for drying SKT wares! 

SKT Ceramics Slab Dish
SKT Ceramics Slab Dish

SKT Ceramics Wood Grain Slab Dish, ($25) hand built in my Brooklyn studio. Featuring the Ram and Brooklyn bridge, or your choice of ANY SKT illustration. Perfect for resting tea bags, jewelry or salt, the interior of the dish is glazed with a clear glaze, and the exterior is raw porcelain with a wood grain texture impression.  (find SKT's rings, made by MQUAN here

Natural 100% cotton Ram apron
Natural 100% cotton Ram apron

SKT Ram apron- ($35) 100% cotton, screen printed with my original ram illustration. Perfect for the studio or the kitchen. This apron is a kickstarter exclusive and the first ever SKT apron! 

SKT Cup! ($40) A white or celadon cup, made with the RAM press, screen printed with ANY SKT illustration. Crafted on the thick side, this durable porcelain cup is perfect for hot or cold drinks or as a small canister. 

Breakfast with SKT- two mugs, made on the RAM press! You'll get one for you, and one to share ($85) each with ANY SKT illustration. 

Make your own SKT mug! ($325) - a pottery lesson for 2! Learn how to make SKT wheel thrown pottery alongside your favorite friend, spouse or child! You'll get two 1.5 hour lessons in the SKT studios, where you'll each experience throwing on the wheel, pulling and attaching handles and transferring an image of your choice. The 2 resulting mugs will be yours to keep! A digital certificate for the sessions will be delivered to you, and is transferrable, for holiday gifting.

 The RAM fills your cabinet Mug Set - ($350)  8 SKT mugs to keep or gift with ANY SKT illustration.

SKT sets your table- ($1000) The complete RAM table setting- 4 large plates, 4 small plates, 4 tumblers, 4 mugs and one large hand painted platter with an animal or landscape of your choosing from the SKT line. 

SKT sets your table, with a custom set, designed for you. ($2500) The ram will let us really ramp up our illustrations. You'll get a meeting with artist Susannah Tisue to design a one of a kind, custom table setting-- in person or over the web, depending on your location. The sky's the limit. 6 large plates, 6 small plates, 6 tumblers, 6 mugs and one large hand painted platter with an image of your choice.

Kickstarter Illustration List

Due to the amazing and early response of our backers, we're now offering your choice of ANY SKT Illustration on your pottery pieces. We'll link to your image choices in the backer survey. THANK YOU!!! 

Risks and challenges

The RAM press is made to order by a small Ohio factory and machine parts have to be shipped from all over to construct our machine. In the event of delays of a few weeks or so with our RAM delivery, Jean Elton Studios (http://www.jeanelton.com/) in Connecticut has offered the temporary use of their RAM with our molds to produce your Kickstarter rewards until our machine is in Brooklyn!

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FAQ

  • Not through Kickstarter directly, but I am happy to fulfill requests for multiple pieces. If you'd like multiple rewards, please message me, and adjust the dollar amount of your pledge to account for the sum of the multiple reward levels. At the conclusion of the project, if successful, we'll nail down your images for the specific pieces in the backer survey.

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  • The backer pledge is only charged if we reach full funding. The campaign ends on November 2, at 4:30 pm. If we've reached our goal, your card will be charged at that point, and I will get started on your backer rewards. If we don't reach full funding, you will not be charged, and I won't be fulfilling reward tiers.

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  • You won't be asked your animal choice until the conclusion of the campaign, if successful. You can pledge now, and wait till Nov 2 to decide!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    13 backers

    A three pack of SKT temporary tattoos featuring the Kickstarter Ram and the *new* tiger and polar bear illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $18 or more

    9 backers

    Kickstarter exclusive flour sack towel, screen printed with the original Ram illustration. Perfect for drying your SKT wares

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    91 backers Limited (59 left of 150)

    Kickstarter Exclusive Ram & Brooklyn Bridge wood grain slab dish or your choice of slab dish with any of our new or classic SKT illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    3 backers

    Kickstarter exclusive Ram apron, perfect for the studio or the kitchen!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    52 backers Limited (98 left of 150)

    SKT Cup-- The first of the SKT Ram line!
    Your choice of the Kickstarter exclusive Ram or an image from our list of new or classic SKT illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $85 or more

    54 backers Limited (46 left of 100)

    Breakfast with the RAM-- A pair of SKT mugs, each with your choice of the Kickstarter exclusive Ram or your choice from our list of new and classic illustrations.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    13 backers Limited (37 left of 50)

    The Gift Set-- a screen printed ram apron and flour sack towel, a ram slab dish and a SKT mug of your choice.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $325 or more

    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    Bring a friend or child and make your own SKT mugs, on the potter's wheel! Two 1.5 hour lessons in the SKT studios, where you'll both experience throwing on the wheel, pulling and attaching handles and transferring an image of your choice. The 2 resulting mugs will be yours to keep! A digital certificate for the sessions will be delivered to you, and is transferrable, for holiday gifting.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    10 backers Limited (5 left of 15)

    The RAM fills your cabinet mug set- 8 SKT mugs to keep or gift with images of your choice.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    SKT sets your table- 4 large plates, 4 small plates, 4 tumblers, 4 mugs and one large hand painted platter with an animal or landcape of your choosing.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    1 backer

    SKT sets your table, with a custom set, designed for you. The ram will let us really ramp up our illustrations. You'll get a meeting with artist Susannah Tisue to design a custom table setting- in person or over the web, depending on your location. The sky's the limit. 6 large plates, 6 small plates, 6 tumblers, 6 mugs and one large hand painted platter with an image of your choice.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)