I'm a potter based near the north coast of Northern Ireland. I make functional and large one-off porcelain pots. I'm inspired by cooking and eating, the coast and rural landscape of where I live, abstract marks and colour and also being a husband and a dad.
My Project: Moving Studio
I've been working in a rented studio in Portstewart for the last 11 years. It has been a brilliant space to develop my ceramics and grow my business, however with increased demand for my work I have now outgrown it. I'm at the stage were I need to take on an apprentice to train them up in throwing and all other aspects of making my pots.
Life has also dramatically changed for me since the birth of our daughter in 2016. It means my wife Catherine and I need to be able to work from home to share the care of our little girl. Currently I spend 1 hour a day travelling to my studio, this time saved will be invaluable, particularly since I also frequently have to work evenings and weekends.
Having a studio at home would also give me more creative freedom with building my own kilns and also running workshops.
We enlisted an architect as we discovered we needed planning permission for the renovation (change of use!). We got planning permission (yay!) and have got quotes from several builders. Our ultimate plan (as you can see from the architect's drawing) is to renovate the main barn and also reconstruct the attached lean-to. This entire project has been priced at £45,000. We are going to phase the work, first renovating the main barn (£30,000) and then rebuilding the lean-to (£15,000) in the second phase.
The barn will be the main working area, where I will do my making and also display my work. My wife Catherine will also have an area for her lampworking torch. The lean-to will house a store for materials, my kilns and also a toilet necessary for classes. Until the lean-to is rebuilt I will make a temporary shelter for my kilns outside.
I am looking to raise £10,000 of the first phase of work, renovating the main barn (total £30,000). I have managed to put aside around £20,000 of my own money to make up for the rest. However if I exceed the target any extra money will be put towards rebuilding the lean-to and ceramics equipment.
Here are the limited edition pots I'll be giving as rewards to say thank you. I'm making a special pottery stamp for these pieces.
Thanks so much for reading through my project and I really do appreciate any help.
Risks and challenges
Potential risks are going significantly over time and over budget. I am using a builder that I am confident in, several of my friends have used him and speak very highly of him. He says he has cleared his work schedule so he can do our renovation as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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