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I need a new kiln to start expanding my work and set up my own studio, making unique handmade clay pieces using the coiling technique
I need a new kiln to start expanding my work and set up my own studio, making unique handmade clay pieces using the coiling technique
63 backers pledged €2,681 to help bring this project to life.

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Italian text below | Testo in italiano in basso

I am Michela Dawe, I am a ceramist based in Rome, I create objects for the house, other design objects and accessories for her, and much more. I really like what I do, to shape clay with my hands and see my designs come true.

I am also an art historian, I have always worked in the art and tourism field. In 2016 my life has changed because of the birth of my daughter, a new beautiful experience has started, but I also lost my job. Back in 2009, as a gift for my degree, some friends signed me to a clay class. Soon clay became my passion and nowadays it has become my job.

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I am passionate at what I am doing and I think it is time to expand my new job. Please support my growth by funding my personal new kiln, where I will be able to cook much more new objects, starting with the ones that you will pick as your reward for your help. This funding will cover the kiln alone, but any extra will go into ceramic equipment, because the next step will be to open my studio. In fact, until today I have worked at home and in a co-working space in the center of Rome. As soon as I can, probably the next year, I will move to the next level and open my own ceramic studio with all furniture and tools to upgrade my job.

Coiling Technique

The Coiling Technique (in Italy known as colombino or lucignolo) is one of the oldest methods to create objects with clay. The clay is worked in the form of ropes (called colombini), which are slowly and gently rolled over each other giving shape to the object. Rarely the objects made in colombino are perfectly symmetrical, but this is their beauty: they preserve the handmade touch that is unique in every piece.

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Thank you

I decided to use Kickstarter asking a support to this incredible community of people passionate for creativity as much as I am. If you are a lover of genuine creative artisan work, or you simply like my rewards, or you just want to help me in this new start, please support the project and thank you.

Rewards

Here are the Kickstarter limited edition objects I will be giving as rewards to thank you for your support.

Please remember that, if stated in the reward, you can choose the color you want; if you want to visualize the result, I suggest you pick a color from the following list that is made of the colors you can see in pictures below: blue, pink, red, violet, yellow, light blue, green. For cut out shapes of lamps, you can choose among elephant, whale and swallow; you can preview them in pictures below. You will be asked for your preferences when the project ends.

Mug
Mug
Mugs
Mugs
Small Bowl
Small Bowl
Medium Bowl
Medium Bowl
Large Bowl
Large Bowl
Bowls
Bowls
Lamp
Lamp
Lamp
Lamp
Lamps
Lamps
Lamps
Lamps
Ceiling Lamps
Ceiling Lamps

Italian text | Testo in italiano

Chi Sono

Sono Michela Dawe, sono una ceramista che vive e lavora a Roma, creo oggetti per la casa, altri oggetti di design e accessori per lei, e molto altro. Mi piace molto quello che faccio, plasmare l'argilla con le mie mani e vedere le mie idee diventare realtà.

Sono anche una storica dell'arte, ho sempre lavorato nel campo dell'arte e del turismo. Nel 2016 la mia vita è cambiata a causa della nascita di mia figlia, è iniziata una nuova bella esperienza, ma ho anche perso il lavoro. Nel 2009, come regalo per la mia laurea, alcuni amici mi hanno iscritta ad un corso sulla lavorazione dell’argilla. Ben presto l'argilla divenne la mia passione ed oggi è diventata il mio lavoro.

Il Progetto | Forno

Sono appassionata di ciò che sto facendo e penso che sia tempo di espandere il mio nuovo lavoro. Per favore sostieni la mia crescita finanziando il mio nuovo forno personale, dove sarò in grado di cuocere molti più oggetti nuovi, a partire da quelli che sceglierete come ricompensa per l’aiuto. Questo finanziamento coprirà il forno soltanto, ma ogni extra andrà in attrezzature per la lavorazione della ceramica, perché il prossimo passo sarà quello di aprire il mio studio. Infatti, fino ad oggi ho lavorato a casa e in uno spazio di co-working nel centro di Roma. Non appena potrò, probabilmente l'anno prossimo, passerò al livello successivo ed aprirò il mio studio di ceramica con tutte le attrezzature e gli strumenti per migliorare il mio lavoro.

Tecnica del Colombino

La tecnica del colombino è uno dei metodi più antichi per creare oggetti con l'argilla. L'argilla viene lavorata sotto forma di corde, che vengono lentamente e gentilmente avvolte l'una sull'altra dando forma all'oggetto. Raramente gli oggetti realizzati in colombino sono perfettamente simmetrici, ma questa è la loro bellezza: preservano il tocco artigianale che è unico in ogni pezzo.

Grazie

Ho deciso di utilizzare Kickstarter per chiedere supporto a questa incredibile comunità di persone appassionate di creatività tanto quanto me. Se sei un amante del genuino lavoro artigianale, o semplicemente ti piacciono le mie ricompense, o vuoi solo aiutarmi in questo nuovo inizio, ti prego di sostenere il mio progetto, grazie.

Ricompense

Nelle foto qui sopra trovi gli oggetti in edizione limitata Kickstarter che darò come ricompensa per ringraziare del supporto. Ti ricordo che, se indicato nella ricompensa, è possibile scegliere il colore desiderato; se vuoi visualizzare il risultato, ti suggerisco di scegliere un colore dal seguente elenco che è composto dai colori che puoi vedere nelle immagini qui sopra: blu, rosa, rosso, viola, giallo, azzurro, verde. Per i ritagli delle lampade, puoi scegliere tra elefante, balena e rondine; puoi vederli in anteprima nelle foto qui sopra. Ti verranno chieste le tue preferenze al termine del progetto.

Risks and challenges

As always with manufacturing a product, it is possible to come across some production delays. However, based on my experience and on the time I know I spend to realize each product, I am confident that the rewards delivery schedule is reliable.

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    Pledge €2 or more About $2.23

    Thank You

    A digital postcard picturing one random piece.
    Thank you, and please spread the word!

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    Pledge €18 or more About $20

    Mug

    Mug, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color white, internal color terracotta, you choose handle color.
    Approx. 10 cm (4 in) tall; 8 cm (3 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €22 or more About $25

    Small Bowl

    Small bowl, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color terracotta, you choose internal color.
    Approx. 8 cm (3 in) tall; 12 cm (5 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €28 or more About $31

    Medium Bowl

    Medium bowl, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color terracotta, you choose internal color.
    Approx. 9 cm (3.5 in) tall; 15 cm (6 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €35 or more About $39

    Large Bowl

    Large bowl, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color terracotta, you choose internal color.
    Approx. 10 cm (4 in) tall; 18 cm (7 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €36 or more About $40

    2 Mugs

    2 mugs, handmade unique pieces signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color white, internal color terracotta, you choose handle color.
    Approx. 10 cm (4 in) tall; 8 cm (3 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €65 or more About $73

    Lamp

    Lamp, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    Internal color terracotta, you choose external color and cut out shape.
    Approx. 22 cm (8.5 in) tall; 16 cm (6 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €65 or more About $73

    Ceiling Lamp

    Ceiling lamp, handmade unique piece signed in limited edition for Kickstarter. You will be asked at the end of the campaign for the model that you want: Wide Cone or Narrow Cone

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    Pledge €85 or more About $95

    Set of 3 Bowls

    Small, medium and large bowls, handmade unique pieces signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    External color terracotta, you choose internal color.
    Approx. 8 cm (3 in), 9 cm (3.5 in), 10 cm (4 in) tall; 12 cm (5 in), 15 cm (6 in), 18 cm (7 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €130 or more About $145

    2 Lamps

    2 lamps, handmade unique pieces signed in limited edition for Kickstarter.
    Internal color terracotta, you choose external color and cut out shape.
    Approx. 22 cm (8.5 in) tall; 16 cm (6 in) diameter.

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    Pledge €150 or more About $167

    Workshop

    Two hours workshop in Rome where you will experience the basics of the coiling technique and realize your own handmade piece (up to 2 kids participate for free, under 14 years).
    Workshop shall be attended within two years from the closing of the Kickstarter campaign, just plan your visit in the Eternal City and let me know.

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    Pledge €250 or more About $279

    Workshop For Two

    Two hours workshop in Rome for two persons where you will experience the basics of the coiling technique and realize your own handmade piece (up to 2 kids participate for free, under 14 years).
    Workshop shall be attended within two years from the closing of the Kickstarter campaign, just plan your visit in the Eternal City and let me know.

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    Pledge €300 or more About $335

    Custom Design Piece

    Think about the clay piece you would like to have. You can sketch it and/or describe it to me. I will choose materials and manufacturing technique that properly fit your idea. I will draft the design and discuss it with you on a skype call. I will realize it.
    No limits to your imagination (it only has to fit 40x40x40 cm (approx. 15x15x15 in) in its wider extensions).

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    Pledge €500 or more About $558

    Magnanimous

    Distinguish yourself for your generosity!
    Thank you 500 times!
    Your name on the kiln door + Custom Design Piece reward + Workshop For Two reward

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    Pledge €1,000 or more About $1,115

    Mecenate

    Be the greatest of the backers!
    Thank you 1000 times!
    Your name on the wall of the future studio + Custom Design Piece reward + Workshop For Two reward + 2 Lamps reward + Set of 3 Bowls reward + 2 Mugs reward

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