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Erin is a ceramic and visual artist seeking to establish an independent studio in New York to produce handmade ceramics.
Erin is a ceramic and visual artist seeking to establish an independent studio in New York to produce handmade ceramics.
172 backers pledged $25,283 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, my name is Erin Clancy and I am an artist living and working in Queens, New York.  My goal is to create a studio to produce handmade ceramics for everyday use.

Establishing an independent studio in New York will mark an exciting new beginning for my work. As a ceramic artist whose focus is wheel-thrown functional wares, my work is absolutely dependent on the ability to have access to the tools necessary to create the work.  A studio space will enable me to produce my own ceramic line of table and homeware as well as continue the wholesale relationships that I have built with such amazing businesses as Cafe Grumpy, Lauren's All Purpose, Lofted Coffee and Merica Lee.

Since moving to Brooklyn three years ago, I have had to pack up and store much of my studio equipment as well as seek alternative options to make my ceramic work. Although working in a community ceramic studio was a wonderful experience, I quickly outgrew what I could produce in the limited shared space.  I have reached a critical moment where the next step in the growth of my career as an artist is to have my own studio.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
Each and every dollar you pledge goes to making this project a reality.

Please note: Kickstarter is all-or-nothing so I will only be backed if I am 100% funded. Additionally, no pledge rewards will be given if I am not fully successful.

For your support I am offering the following rewards:

  • $25     --  Silkscreen Tote Bag
  • $30     --  Little Painted Dish
  • $35     --  Tiny Bud Vase
  • $40     --  Tumbler
  • $50     --  Stoneware Mug
  • $60     --  Stoneware Bowl
  • $80     --  French Butter Dish
  • $100   --  Original Cityscape Drawing (Unframed)
  • $150   --  Set of Four Color Swatch Tumblers
  • $175   --  Set of Four Etched Gold Luster Tumblers
  • $200   --  Etched Serving Bowl
  • $225   --  Private Wheel Lesson (Two Sessions)
  • $250   --  Set of Four All-Purpose Bowls
  • $350   --  Four Piece Tableware Setting for One
  • $500   --  Studio Patron: Design your own Rewards!
  • $750   --  Framed Original Cityscape Work-on-Paper
  • $1000 --  Sixteen Piece Tableware Setting for Four

  • As every reward is made by hand, I have staggered my estimated delivery times to allow enough time to complete each piece.  Shipping to the United States is included with pledge rewards of $100 or more.

A WORKING STUDIO
The goal of the studio is to establish a self-sustaining practice while making functional handmade objects. Creating my studio in New York, where I already have a strong patron base and established wholesale relationships, will put me at the heart of where I need to be to ensure my success.
The primary role of the studio will be the production of retail and wholesale ceramics. Having the essential equipment and space will allow me to design, create, and fire my own line of ceramic home and tableware. The kiln and wheel will also facilitate volume production for individual commissions and businesses seeking handmade service-ware (for cafes or restaurants) or who want their own customized ceramics for resale. Additionally, I will be able to continue my work as a visual artist creating original works-on-paper. Having access to the space and equipment to create 2-D work will fuel and inform new avenues of ceramic surface design.

 

WHY CERAMICS?
Functional handmade ceramics are powerful to me because they are art objects that we incorporate into our daily lives and rituals.
  Process-based art forms have been at the heart of my practice and artwork from the beginning. Since graduating in 2004 from the Pennsylvania State University with a BFA in Printmaking, I have worked extensively in the mediums of printmaking, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and collage.  It was at Penn State in 2002 that I was introduced to ceramics through their respected program. Ultimately, I was drawn to ceramics because it encompasses all the features that I find compelling about making art: texture, design, negative space, functionality, and accessibility.  Additionally, ceramics allows me to synthesize my entire background of techniques by incorporating illustration and mark-making on the surface of pots.

QUEENS, NEW YORK
Since moving to New York, I have met talented, innovative, and amazing creators at every turn.  Not only is this city home to an amazing community of artists and innovators, it fosters an environment of collaboration and patronage.  I am excited to put down roots here and I know I can create an enduring practice through the opportunities that grow from living and working in New York.

$22,000

I have carefully compiled a budget of the essential needs and expenses that will be necessary to secure a studio lease, purchase the equipment, build out the space, as well as cover administrative supplies and support required to run a successful studio. In addition to the costs of creating a studio, I have included in my budget the costs of the reward expenses and Kickstarter fees that will incur once the campaign is successful.

  • STUDIO EQUIPMENT - 40%
    kiln, kiln furniture, ceramic wheel, bats, work boards, buckets
    The majority of my budget will focus on acquiring the main equipment to begin ceramic production. The biggest expense in this category will be purchasing the kiln and kiln furniture needed for firing.
  • LEASE ON A STUDIO - 20%
    initial deposit and rent to secure a studio space
  • STUDIO BUILD-OUT - 15%
    kiln installation and electrical work, work tables, stools,
    shelves...lots of shelves

    Preparing the studio to run effectively and efficiently is a central concern.  The first consideration will be the electrical work needed to run the kiln (as it requires a 80/90 amp breaker).  If possible, I will also be installing a sink so that I have access to water in the studio.
  • RAW MATERIALS - 10%
    stoneware and porcelain clay, glaze, underglaze, gold luster
    Stocking the studio with the initial materials to make my first editions will include purchasing both stoneware and porcelain clay as well as glazes to finish the pieces.  I am also excited to develop a core palette of signature glazes which I will be mixing by hand.
  • ADMINISTRATION / SHIPPING & PACKAGING - 5%
    shipping and packaging supplies, photography and design,
    upgrade to a professional commerce website
  • REWARD EXPENSES & FEES - 10%
    Kickstarter and payment processing fees from the campaign,
    all the material expenses that it will take to create the pledge rewards,
    plus the cost of shipping and packaging to get the rewards to you!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, including my CV and portfolio,
please visit my website or check out instagram

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The quest to attain a studio will continue regardless of funding. However, without your support it will take much longer to realize this goal and delay future collaborations and plans until I can raise the capital. Please note that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing campaign, meaning no rewards will be given if it is not 100% funded.

Given a successful campaign, I plan on hitting the ground running to ensure that the studio is set up and functional in a timely manner. My goal is to be in production by the beginning of fall. That said, there are always potentials for delays, especially when building something from the ground up. Accordingly, I have staggered the estimated delivery dates for pledge rewards to allow for adequate production time as each and every object is made individually by hand.

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    Hand-Painted Silkscreen Tote

    Limited edition silkscreen tote bag featuring a hand-painted view from our apartment window. Canvas tote bags come in assorted color combinations.

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    Little Hand-painted Dish

    One small hand-painted dish sized for your rings, small change, or keys. Each dish is individually painted with varying patterns.

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    Tiny Bud Vase

    Handthrown little stoneware vase for the tiniest of flowers.

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    Tumbler

    One hand-thrown tumbler suitable for any and all beverages. Each tumbler holds 10-12 ounces and is dishwasher safe.

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    Iris Tumbler

    Hand-painted white stoneware tumbler with abstract color patterns and splatter. Each tumbler holds roughly 10 ounces and is dishwasher safe. Perfect for hot or cold beverages.

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    Stoneware Mug

    One hand-thrown stoneware mug perfect for your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Each mug holds 10-12 ounces and is dishwasher safe.

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    Stoneware Bowl

    One hand-thrown stoneware bowl featuring a unique etched line pattern. Each one-of-a-kind bowl is dishwasher safe and is great for cereal, soup, or a little salad.

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    French Butter Dish

    Keep your butter fresh and soft with this hand-thrown stoneware butter crock. Also works as a small covered jar or salve container.

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    Cityscape Illustration (Unframed)

    You will receive a one-of-a-kind illustration featuring the architecture and landscape of Queens, New York. Each unique, signed drawing will feature ink and gouache on 6"x8" archival paper (unframed). Free shipping to the United States is included with your pledge reward.

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    Set of Four Color Swatch Tumblers

    Set of four hand-thrown stoneware tumblers for any and all beverages. Each tumbler is uniquely marked with pastel swatches of color. Free shipping to the United States is included with your pledge reward.

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    Set of Four Etched Gold Luster Tumblers

    Set of four tumblers decorated with individual etched line patterns and gold luster. Each tumbler holds approximately 6 ounces and is unique in size, shape, and pattern. Free shipping to the United States is included with your pledge reward.

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    Etched Serving Bowl

    Hand-thrown stoneware serving bowl sized for serving, storage, or as a centerpiece. Each bowl is unique in its etched pattern and hand-painted details. Free shipping to the United States is included in your pledge reward.

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    Private Wheel Lesson! (Two Sessions)

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to make pottery on the wheel? This two-part private lesson for beginners will start with a two-hour session on the basics of throwing (starting with instruction and then time on the wheel to experiment). The second session will follow-up with a lesson in glazing. All materials and firing are included! Lessons limited to local participants.

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    Set of Four All-Purpose Bowls

    Set of four hand-thrown stoneware bowls sized for any and all meals. These wide bowls are household favorites and are used daily by my husband and I (for yogurt and granola, salad, soup, etc.) as they are the perfect size for any meal. Free shipping to the United States is included in your pledge reward.

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    Tableware Set for One

    Customized ceramic tableware set for one person. Choose from two types of clay and five different glazes for a personalized place setting! Each set includes a tumbler, bowl, dinner plate and share plate. Free shipping to the United States is included in your pledge reward.

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    Studio Patron

    Design your own pledge rewards! Choose any combination of rewards up to the value of $500. Free shipping to the United States is included with your pledge reward.

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    Framed Original Cityscape Work-on-Paper

    You will receive an original work-on-paper featuring the architecture and landscape of Queens, New York. Each unique, signed work-on-paper will feature ink, gouache, collage and hooked yarn. Artwork will be completed by a 16" x 20" pine frame. Free shipping to the United States is included with your pledge reward.

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    Sixteen Piece Tableware Set

    Customized ceramic tableware set for four people. Choose from two types of clay and five different glazes for a customized table setting! Each set includes a tumbler, bowl, dinner plate and share plate (16 pieces in total). Free shipping to the United States is included in your pledge reward.

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