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We are animal conservation artists, currently building a glass studio in the San Juan Islands.
334 backers pledged $123,785 to help bring this project to life.

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We are humbled by the overwhelming interest in this project. There are only hours left in our campaign. We feel so fortunate to reach our minimum funding goal, wow!

You can still get involved. When you make a contribution beyond our initial goal, you are making a bigger difference, to not just us, but to the glass community as a whole. Don't miss our video above, or our story below. Consider the rewards we offer... Then, help us reach our new stretch goals to make this shop operational in no time.

NEW REWARDS ADDED (see below): Salmon Glasses, Nautilus Flip-Cap Bottle, and Humpback Whale Flip-Cap Bottle. Also a 2nd Hot Glass Workshop and Glass Marbles by budding artist Wren.

If all of our new 5 rewards find their homes, we will reach our stretch goal of $125,000. This amount would take us to the next level of our careers. It would also move the careers of other glass artists who will be interning with us or attending our classes. We invite you to be a part of this project! This is a one time deal, and we assure you, we are not going to ask for help like this ever again. This is it, folks. Thank you.

ITS GOOD TO MEET YOU: See our 3-minute video and you'll feel the love!  We are Pacific Northwest glass artists Kelly O'Dell and Raven Skyriver, and our seven year-old son, Wren. We are professional glass artists who create sculptures inspired by marine life, species endangerment, extinction, and conservation. We exhibit our work in museums and galleries across the world. We are passionate about using our work to raise consciousness in viewers about the need for preservation of natural spaces, and species conservation. We're now asking you for assistance to build our own glass studio where we can deepen our practice, give back to our community, and nurture our family. 

OUR PROJECT:  See the short video above. We are building a professional glass studio at our home in rural Washington. This project came from a vital need: to have more time together. (AND about 10,000 fewer miles traveled on the freeway every year). We are moving to the island where Raven was born and raised to allow our son to grow up surrounded by his grandparents and extended family, but the island has no glass studio available for our use. So, we're building one, from the ground up, with the support of our friends and family. Even Wren is helping! We are almost half-way done with the studio. We have accomplished our minimum goal of $65,000 to get the building done. We can now focus on our post-goal campaign, to raise enough funding for our remaining wish-list equipment. 

No children were forced to lift a shovel in this photo.
No children were forced to lift a shovel in this photo.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?  When you back our project beyond our initial goal, know that you will make a positive and lasting impact on our family, and on the glass community. Aside from creating our own work, this studio represents a place of education and community where we can invite visiting artists for residencies, offer short-term apprenticeships, and host small teaching workshops. This hotshop will allow us to pass on the knowledge that was so generously taught to us by our creative masters, and give back to our glass community. 

WHAT DO SUPPORTERS RECEIVE?:  Giving Back is something we consider a priority in our life's work. When you support our campaign, we want to thank you: check out exclusive gifts that we are offering in return for your generous donations. Each pledge tier and reward is listed on the right side of the screen, with more information below.

OUR PLAN:  We have accomplished so much so far. WE ARE ALREADY MORE THAN HALFWAY THERE! 

We have a plan!
We have a plan!

We bought the property seven years ago, just as Wren was born. We are now ready to move-in to our island home. 

The hotshop foundation is poured. There's no turning back now!
The hotshop foundation is poured. There's no turning back now!

WORK ALREADY DONE :  We have invested our time, money and passion into our dream glass studio. We have most of the shop equipment including a hot glass furnace and the sandblaster. The foundation is poured and the electricity has been upgraded.  We have all of the heart and perseverance it takes to finish the job. We are fully committed to seeing this project through to completion.

NEW REWARDS:

Reward #17 ~ Glass Marble by Wren
Reward #17 ~ Glass Marble by Wren
Reward #19 ~ Two Glasses w/etched Salmon
Reward #19 ~ Two Glasses w/etched Salmon
Reward #20 ~ Nautilus Bottle, detail on right
Reward #20 ~ Nautilus Bottle, detail on right
Reward #21 ~ Whale Bottle, detail on right
Reward #21 ~ Whale Bottle, detail on right

REWARDS STILL AVAILABLE:

Reward #4 - Hand-Signed Humpback Whale Photo
Reward #4 - Hand-Signed Humpback Whale Photo
Reward #5 ~ Hand-Signed Ammonite Photo
Reward #5 ~ Hand-Signed Ammonite Photo
Reward #7 ~ Set of 3 Amber Fossil Magnets
Reward #7 ~ Set of 3 Amber Fossil Magnets
Reward #12 ~ Sculpted Glass Small Red Footed Ammonite
Reward #12 ~ Sculpted Glass Small Red Footed Ammonite
Reward #14 ~ New Beginnings
Reward #14 ~ New Beginnings
Reward #15 ~ Nautilus
Reward #15 ~ Nautilus

"STRETCH GOAL" FUNDS GO TO THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:

1. Oxygen generator for Oxy-Propane torch use (Did you know? You can't get oxygen bottles on Lopez Island!) Essential for our daily operation. $5500

2. Hood and Fire Wall Build for hot shop ventilation (including ventilation fan): $4500

3. Garage, kind of like this beauty from @cannedheat, except we will build this piece of equipment with friends...it will enable us to keep things warm for awhile! $5500

4. Dust Booth (filters out those powder applications, materials only, we will build with friends) $550

5. Lapidary Wheel for Cold Shop (below) $3300

6. Lathe for grinding and polishing glass, made by Jim Clark, JIM9000 $8600

7. Angle grinder for coldworking large glass sculptures: Flex Variable Speed LE-12-3 100Wet Right Angle Grinder $350

8. Small sandblaster for blasting metal stands $875

9. Kellys dream kiln: Paragon Janus24 $4000

BUDGET:  This is how we will use the kickstarter minimum funding of 65K. This amount will literally put a floor under our feet and the roof over our heads. Here is how our goal funds will be used:

Hot shop main pad and sandblaster room poured: $15,000

Hot shop framing (labor + supplies, some donated): 25,000

Hot shop roof: 8,000

Hot shop wiring and plumbing (gas): (donated/ family)

Hot shop ventilation (donated)

Hot shop doors/ windows (some donated): 6,000

2 hot shop daily use kilns (materials only, we will build with friends): $5500 ea.

TIMELINE FOR REWARDS:

  • April/May: kickstarter finish, organizing gift requests

  • June/July:  making gifts 

  • August/September:  packing and addressing gifts

  • October/ November: completing gifts (unless otherwise noted!) packing and shipping. 

  • December: finish shipping majority of gifts under 10K.

Thank you with all our hearts!
Thank you with all our hearts!

 Photo, Video, and Awesomeness credit: Thanks to JDH Films, Justin Hare, and Dylan Hoss for the  awesome video,  Thanks to Peter Kuhnlein/ ACME Creative and Porter Loves Creative for photos of our artworks. Thank you to Cindy Gosnell for helping us manage our crowdfunding project, and thank you to Pat Bako, Sarra Scherb, Kait Rhoads, Lydia Boss, for also being part of our kickstarter team!! Thank you to all of our friends and family who have shared our Kickstarter post well past 100 shares, holy moly!  Thank you to our sweet families for helping us and supporting us an all ways imaginable. Visit our web sites (Kelly O'Dell and Raven Skyriver) to get to know us better, and to see the kind of conservation-based sculpture we love to make. 

Risks and challenges

Delays or fluctuations in productivity are a possibility with any building project. We have spoken with a structural engineer and initiated the permitting process. Drawing on advice from friends in Seattle who have built their own home glass studios, we feel we have a solid idea of what to expect. We have loads of family and friends who live on Lopez Island, who are ready with tool belts, large meal prep for work parties, and moral support.

Because will be very busy building our shop in the summer months, we are giving ourselves a realistic cushion for our expected delivery dates. We will be able to get some gifts out by October, or even earlier. But the Winter months will be a perfect time for us to hole-up and get down to business. All gifts will be completed and delivered by Spring 2019.

**Note: This project does NOT have to be finished before we distribute gifts for your generous donations.

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    Our Everlasting Thanks!

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    Donate any amount from $1 to $10,000 and your name will appear on our websites, in deep appreciation of your support. (Find "Our Everlasting Thanks" on Kelly & Raven's websites.)

    Thank you so much for believing in us!

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    Emailed Thank You

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    Receive an emailed thank you from our little family. Digital image of us included, and a sweet note.

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    Get a Cyber-Hug from all three of us (but not in a creepy way), and a REAL postcard snail-mailed to you. Thank you! We are so grateful for your donation.

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    8 x 10 Signed Photo Print: "Mother"

    Reward #4

    Ready for framing 8" x 10" photo quality print, satin finish. EXCLUSIVELY available through our kickstarter campaign. Humpback Whale photo will be signed by the artist.

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    8 x 10 Signed Photo Print: "Spiral"

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    Ready for framing 8" x 10" photo quality print, satin finish. EXCLUSIVELY available through our kickstarter campaign. Ammonite spiral photo will be signed by the artist.

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    Glass Marbles by Wren

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    These glass marbles are made by budding young artist Wren Amor Skyriver, with the help of his Auntie Patricia Davidson. Approximately 1 inch in diameter and colors will vary. Get your hands on one of these unique marbles when you donate to our cause. Wren is very excited about making the move to Lopez, and he wanted to show his gratitude to you all. Thank you for all your support.

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    2 - 8 x 10 Prints: "Mother" & "Spiral"

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    2 Photo Prints! Ready for framing 8" x 10" photo quality prints, satin finish. EXCLUSIVELY available through our kickstarter campaign. Humpback Whale photo and ammonite spiral photo will be signed by the artists.

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    Set of 3 Amber Fossil Magnets

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    3 Amber-colored glass magnets! 24K Gold Leaf applied to these gorgeous mini-sculptures, hand-made by Kelly. Approximately 1" square. Size, shape, and color vary slightly. Backed with rare earth (neodymium) magnets.

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    PAIR of 14 oz Glasses: WATERBEAR

    Reward #8

    ​Don't miss out! We drew the ever-so-charming and slightly nauseating WATERBEAR (tardigrade) and carefully etched the drawing onto the glasses with sandblasting. These 14oz mixer glasses are great for water, or any craft beverage! To us, the WATERBEAR represents perseverance! Persevere! Dishwasher safe.

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    PAIR of 10 oz glasses: HUMPBACK WHALE

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    The majestic HUMPBACK WHALE! These 10 oz. part clear/ part teal-colored glasses are adorned with the HUMPBACK WHALE, diving into the depths. Drawn and designed by the artists. Each glass is carefully etched with sandblasting. Dishwasher safe.

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    PAIR of 8 oz Glasses: Chinook Salmon

    Reward #19

    A set of two 8oz glasses, with an original king salmon design by Raven Skyriver. The design is carefully etched onto the glasses by sandblasting into the surface. Salmon have long been the symbol and lifeblood of the people who call the Pacific Northwest home. We wanted to offer this new design for those who didn’t get an opportunity to select one of the previous incentive gifts at this level. Dishwasher safe.

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    Nautilus Bottle

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    An original Nautilus design by Kelly O’Dell is sandblasted into the surface of a one-liter glass bottle with stopper. This design is inspired by the mysterious beauty of the “living fossil” genetically unchanged for the past 500 million years. Thank you for your generosity!

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    Humpback Whale Bottle

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    An original Humpback Whale design by Raven Skyriver is sandblasted into the surface of a one-liter glass bottle with stopper. This design is inspired by my reverence of these gentle spirits and matches the cups that where offered when we started our campaign. Thank you!

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    HOT Glass Workshop with Raven & Kelly

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    Join us for an exclusive 3-day sculpture class! We enjoy teaching what we love- working with glass! Join us and we will instruct and assist you in making your own creations. Please remember we have not built the shop yet, but we will keep our promise to you! You will be responsible for your own accommodations, food and all transportation (including ferry ride). Thank you for your trust in us! Date to be determined, likely Fall 2019.

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    2nd Hot Glass Workshop w/Raven & Kelly

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    By Popular Demand! We are offering one more class for those of you who were interested in the idea of a workshop, but weren't able to sign up before the last one filled. This is a three-day sculpture workshop with Kelly O’Dell and Raven Skyriver. 2 years glass blowing experience recommended. Please remember we have not built the shop yet so dates of work-shop dates may change. We will be in contact and find a date that works for your schedule. Think three-day weekend. You will be responsible for your own accommodations, food and all transportation (including ferry ride). Thank you!

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    Primavera (Sculpted Glass Frog)

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    This piece signifies the beginning of Spring, and heralds the promise of new growth. With charming expression, this solid glass frog is sculpted and signed by Raven Skyriver. 6 x 5 x 3”, size and color vary slightly.

    You and a guest will receive an invitation to our inaugural celebration at our NEW STUDIO that you helped make a reality! You'll enjoy a tour, glass demonstration, festive food and libations accompanied by live music. If you are unable to attend we will honor you in your absence. You will be responsible for your own accommodations and all transportation (including ferry ride). Date to be determined.

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    Tendril (Small Red Footed Ammonite)

    Reward #12

    Be the first to collect these unique glass ammonite sculptures signed by Kelly O'Dell. Approximately 7 x 4 x 8" Size and color vary slightly. This is a great price!

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    Aquatic (Blue Carved Ammonite)

    Reward #13

    This blown and sculpted glass ammonite is carved to reveal its transparent interior aquamarine color, and basks securely in its steel stand. Sculpted and signed by Kelly O'Dell.
    Approximately 8" x 6" x 8", size and color vary slightly.

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    New Beginnings (Sea Turtle Hatchling)

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    New Beginnings is a new series of work by Raven Skyriver depicting the hatching of a baby sea turtle. This series is not yet available anywhere else! Be the first to give them a good home. Approximately 11 x 7 x 3". or about 11" from fin tip to tip. Size and color vary slightly.

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    Relic (Nautilus)

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    A marriage of their styles and talents, "Nautilus" is a collaborative glass sculpture by Raven Skyriver & Kelly O'Dell. Only one available, and at a terriffic value. Signed by the artists.
    Approximately 16" x 6" x 4" Size and color vary slightly.

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    Personal Commission Glass Sculpture

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    Commissioned by you; created and signed by Raven Skyriver. Your choice of an iconic glass sculpture: Humpback Whale, Seahorse or Salmon. Conversation with Raven about commission specifics included.

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Funding period

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