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I need to expand into a new studio to continue experimenting, take on an apprentice and keep up with growing demand.
I need to expand into a new studio to continue experimenting, take on an apprentice and keep up with growing demand.
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About Me

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

WHY?  

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.

The barn
The barn

 

Architect's drawing of renovated studio
Architect's drawing of renovated studio

 

THE PLAN

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.

Rewards

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.

Bud Vases (£25 pledge)
Bud Vases (£25 pledge)

 

Beakers (£35 pledge)
Beakers (£35 pledge)

 

Mug (£40 pledge)
Mug (£40 pledge)

 

Medium Bowl (£95 pledge)
Medium Bowl (£95 pledge)

 

Pitcher (£120 pledge)
Pitcher (£120 pledge)

 

Large Bowl (£150 pledge)
Large Bowl (£150 pledge)

 

Small Round Pot (£250 pledge)
Small Round Pot (£250 pledge)

  

Set of Pitcher with 4 Beakers (£250 pledge)
Set of Pitcher with 4 Beakers (£250 pledge)

 

Tall Pot (£400 pledge)
Tall Pot (£400 pledge)

 Thank you!

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.

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    Invite to studio opening

    Invitation to the opening event of the new studio in Aghadowey, N.Ireland

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    Bud Vase

    Small bud vase thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 10 cm tall

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    Beaker

    A beaker, thrown in porcelain with an orange foot, hand decorated with a gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 10cm tall

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    Mug

    Mug, thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 9cm tall

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    2 Beakers

    A beaker, thrown in porcelain with an orange foot, hand decorated with a gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 10cm tall

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    2 Mugs

    Mugs, thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 9cm tall

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    Medium Bowl

    Medium bowl, thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze.Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 15cm tall

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    Pitcher

    Tall pitcher, thrown in porcelain with an orange clay foot ring. Hand decorated with a gas fired celadon glaze. Limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 30cm tall

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    Pledge £150 or more About $196

    Large Bowl

    Large bowl, thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze. Limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 18cm tall

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    set of 4 Mugs

    Mug, thrown in porcelain with hand decoration and gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 9cm tall

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    Pledge £160 or more About $210

    Throwing lesson for 2

    Throwing lesson for 2 people in the new studio, lasting roughly 3 hours. Adam will teach beginners the basics of throwing, or work with more experienced potters to help them refine their technique. Pots made will be fired for collection.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $327

    Small Round Pot

    Small round pot thrown in porcelain with a coloured clay rim. Hand decorated with a gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 18cm tall

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    Set of Pitcher and 4 Beakers

    Tall pitcher with 4 beakers, each with a mint green clay foot. Thrown in porcelain, hand decorated with a gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Pitcher approx. 30cm tall, beakers approx. 10cm tall.

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    Tall Pot

    Tall pot, thrown porcelain with a coloured clay foot. Loosely decorated by hand with a gas fired celadon glaze. Signed limited edition range for Kickstarter. Approx. 30cm tall

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