About this project
The workshop is a dream to move my studio from my home, to have my own teaching venue and a retail sales gallery. The increased square footage will allow me to grow my production with more kilns and a larger work area for studio assistants.
I've been teaching ceramic classes for over 16 years and I'm looking forward to putting my experience into my own program. The Workshop will be amenable to other media as well, allowing me to host artists to conduct classes and workshops. All the creative experiences I have eventually find their way to my work. The play that comes with a class in a new media, methodology, or creative engagement with a new instructor is something I believe we can all use a little more of in our life. I'd like to provide an opportunity for that in my community to germinate and grow.
The Workshop would also allow me to have a dedicated retail sales gallery to provide opportunities for my customers to purchase my work. Currently I am unable to have customers purchase my work from my home. The retail sales space will not only allow me to sell my own work, but I will also be able to showcase the work of other artists and fine craftspeople.
I simply want to create a space where myself and others can create, play and engage.
The Workshop Kickstarter goal will help fund new equipment for teaching and production such as pottery wheels, studio tools, kilns, ventilation, paint, lighting, tables, chairs, shelving, signage and electrical improvements. We want to continue to use our current equipment, but will supplement our capacity.
Risks and challenges
The chief risks I identify are with the space renovations. Any construction project has unknown surprises and I'm sure this one will too. The space I require is simple, with one glaring exception - kilns. The kilns I fire require a lot of electrical work to be safe. I have allowed for this in my budget, but it's possible that there will be some circumstance where I'll need make additional modifications to the space to properly juice my kilns. I'm currently in lease negotiations for a space that has plenty of power. The space also has many large things to remove, for example a large pizza oven, and this might reveal some other issue with the floor or gas. I'm fortunate to have a great landlord who is willing to help make the modifications I'm hoping to make the space everything I dream.
I can continue to make work without the space, but it will just take more time. My plan has built in some wiggle room for delivery just in case something delays the move into a new space or we have an unforeseen space issue (water, power, gas etc...) We are planning on moving with as little studio down time as possible. As we have run the studio well for many years, I'm confident we can all overcome any challenges this endeavor sends our way. I'm so fortunate to have a great team of assistants and family who are all very excited at the next phase of Jenniethepotter, The Workshop. Join us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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