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The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, wants to hire Ted Neal to build two new kilns at The Ceramics Studio.
The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, wants to hire Ted Neal to build two new kilns at The Ceramics Studio.
126 backers pledged $21,770 to help bring this project to life.

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Our goal is to provide our community with the best ceramic studio possible.  Having a great facility requires the proper tools, such as kilns to finish our member's work.  With your help we will be able to purchase the materials needed for two kilns and to hire Ted Neal to build them.

The Ceramic Studio has been operating since 2011.  Since then we've gained a strong following of clay enthusiasts and ceramic artists.  

The immediate benefit of this project is that we will become a stronger community of artists and friends.  It's wonderful to see and feel the excitement behind all of our effort.  With these kilns, our talented instructors will be able to effectively teach the basics of firing a manually controlled gas kiln and exposing our current and future students to the possibilities of firing with both Salt and Soda - two very unique firing choices that give distinct and beautiful results. 

This is what the final two kilns will look like!
This is what the final two kilns will look like!

The Ceramics Studio at AMOCA strives to make ceramics accessible to the surrounding California community. By providing classes on all levels of experience and offereing a place for professionally minded artists to work, The Ceramics Studio hopes to encourage the appreciation of ceramics within our community. Along with classes, this facility will host visiting artist workshops, lectures, gallery exhibitions, and educational programs to share with our resident artists, students, members of AMOCA and the general public. The Ceramics Studio strives to develop, educate, and promote ceramics in our growing artist-based community.

The following are a few of the many wonderful things you will receive for your generous donations:

Crystal Magic - With a $35 donation you'll receive this coaster made by Tom Wallick. 3.5 inches wide.  Finished results and color will vary.
Crystal Magic - With a $35 donation you'll receive this coaster made by Tom Wallick. 3.5 inches wide. Finished results and color will vary.
DVD - With a $45 donation you will receive this or one of the other DVDs listed to the right.
DVD - With a $45 donation you will receive this or one of the other DVDs listed to the right.
$85 donation will get you the Kiln Cup. This limited edition, numbered cup is perfect for sipping your most favorite beverage.  Those are the actual kiln plans on the side! Nice!!
$85 donation will get you the Kiln Cup. This limited edition, numbered cup is perfect for sipping your most favorite beverage. Those are the actual kiln plans on the side! Nice!!
AMOCA Book - $85 donation will get you this or one of our other AMOCA books listed to the right.  The books are all hard bound and color printed.
AMOCA Book - $85 donation will get you this or one of our other AMOCA books listed to the right. The books are all hard bound and color printed.
Kiln Mug - With a $100 donation you will receive this beautiful, limited edition, numbered Kiln Mug!  Those are the actual kiln plans on the side.
Kiln Mug - With a $100 donation you will receive this beautiful, limited edition, numbered Kiln Mug! Those are the actual kiln plans on the side.
Who's going to build our kilns?? Ted Neal, that's who!
Who's going to build our kilns?? Ted Neal, that's who!

Ted Neal currently works as the Associate Professor of Ceramics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Ted is a studio artist, educator and one of the best Kiln Builders in America today.  He not only builds for community studios like ours, he has built kilns for numerous universities and art organizations. 

A $200 Donation for a week long kiln building workshop with Ted Neal.  Build the actual kiln you're donating money for!!
A $200 Donation for a week long kiln building workshop with Ted Neal. Build the actual kiln you're donating money for!!

Here are just a few things that people say about the kilns that Ted Neal builds:

"They are well crafted and fire exceptionally well!"- David Hiltner, Executive Director of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana.

"....one of the best kiln builders in the country" - Markus Urbanik, Programming and Facilities Coordinator of the Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana.

Not only will you be receiving excellent rewards for your donations, you will also know that you're supporting our studio members, The Ceramics Studio and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.  We truly are a unique organization and value your help!  THANK YOU!!!

Thanks to John Toki, Brian Vansell, Ed Traynor, and Southern California of Edison for their incredible donations!

Big Thanks to Qadriyyah Shamsid-Deen for editing the video and being a huge support for this project.  You're the best!

AMOCA website:  www.amoca.org

The Ceramics Studio website:  http://studio.amoca.org/

AMOCA Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AMOCAmuseum

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AMOCAceramicsstudio

Address:

399 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA 91767
(909) 865-3146

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    Thank you! With this donation your name will be on permanent display next to our new kilns as an "AMOCA Kilns Donor" from the Kickstarter Project!

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    AMOCA T-SHIRT - Represent one of the best Ceramic Museums in the country with pride. This is a great shirt with a wonderful concept behind it.

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    CRYSTAL MAGIC - A wonderful coaster made by one of the Studio's biggest donors, Tom Wallick. These beautiful objects glitter and shine.

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    DVD - Take your pick of any one of these superb dvds presented by AMOCA. Collaboration: The Ceramic Art of Tom Coleman and Frank Boyden; Paul Soldner: Playing with Fire; The Mata Ortiz Pottery Phenomenon; and The Village Potters of Onda.

    Please specify which DVD you want.

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    AMOCA BOOK - Want to add another book to your personal library? These books presented by AMOCA are all hard bound, color, and lots of ceramic art related information. Friendship forged in Fire: British Ceramics in America; Robert Sperry: Bright Abyss; Harrison McIntosh: A Timeless Legacy; The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnel.

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    KILN CUP - A 3 x 3 limited edition cup made by our Studio Manager, Bobby Free. This sleek cup is made of porcelain and glazed with a satin matte white and has the actual plans of the kilns you've helped build right on the side! You will also receive the reward from the "Thank you!" pledge.

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    Patti Warashina Book! This is our most popular book.

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    KILN MUG - A 4 x 4 limited edition mug made by our Studio Manager, Bobby Free. This comfortable mug is made of porcelain and glazed with a satin matte white and has the actual plans of the kilns you've helped build right on the side! You will also receive the reward from the "Thank you!" pledge.

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    BUILD THE KILN - A hands-on workshop taught by our kiln builder, Ted Neal. Enjoy a week of incredible knowledge by one of the best kiln builders in America! This week long workshop happens 05/19/14 - 05/24/14. Space is limited to 6. Travel costs and food not included. You will also receive the reward from the "Thank you!" pledge and the "AMOCA T-SHIRT" pledge.

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    BUILD THE KILN - A hands-on workshop taught by our kiln builder, Ted Neal. Enjoy a week of incredible knowledge by one of the best kiln builders in America. This week long workshop happens 05/26/14 - 05/31/14. Space is limited to 6. Travel costs and food not included. You will also receive the reward from the "Thank you!" pledge and the "AMOCA T-SHIRT" pledge. Participate in a salt or soda firing at no charge. Dates of firings to be announced.

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    Gold Luster - This includes the "Silver Luster" reward plus four free admissions per visit (total) and permanent recognition on Museum's Tile Donor Wall. You will also receive the "Thank you" reward, "AMOCA T-shirt" reward, "DVD" and "Kiln Mug" reward. Please specify the size and color of the t-shirt and which DVD you would like.

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