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By shine caramia
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The Ends, as Justified by the Means
Thirteen porcelain nesting bowls illustrate the interconnectedness of our existence from quarks to communities—and, ultimately, the entire universe. These bowls will be exhibited in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2012 ArtPrize competition.

Where Your Money Goes
• Elements of the final project: Clay and glaze.
• Supplies: Underglaze pencils, pencils, wax resist, carbon paper, kiln wash, pyrometric cones, printer ink, and the other non-sexy things.
• Tools: Brushes, calipers, trimming tools, bats, and shoes.
• Equipment: Kiln upgrade, which importantly includes venting. This is the most expensive aspect.
• Fees and insurance.
• Overhead and Non-tangibles: DTE wants its cut.

About ArtPrize
According to the Media Kit, "ArtPrize® is an international competition with no jury or curator. The public votes on the top 10 pieces and eventually the overall winner."

The 2009 press release is much prettier:
The city of Grand Rapids will become art gallery. ArtPrize art works and performances, professional and amateur, will be exhibited at hundreds of venues, all within a three-square mile area in Grand Rapids’ downtown riverfront district. The city has offered up parks and bridges for outdoor venue displays. Scores of businesses will convert lobbies and public space for displays.

I'm not sure when exactly ArtPrize 2012 begins and ends, but, for the past three years, it has been held from mid-September to early October.

Juicy Details
The thirteen levels of life are, from the outermost bowl in, Universe, Galaxy, Solar System, Planet, Biome, Habitat, Population, Community, Family, Organism (individual), Organ, Cell, and Atom. On the inside of each bowl, I will glaze a picture of each level. I am very excited, for example, to illustrate a voorwerp. On the outside, the definitions of each thing (harhar) and its components according to such sources as the International Astronomical Union and the United States Forest Service. I will also glaze the names of all backers on the outside of the bowls by donation level.

Just for fun! Since the universe is made up of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g., all backers can tell me something that is in the universe, and I will glaze it on the outside of the Universe bowl.

These bowls will be fully functional and food safe. They will also be safe for use in the microwave, dishwasher, freezer, and oven.

Your Rewards
Most importantly, all backers will earn my sincere gratitude. Those of you willing to support living artists are like gardeners, cultivating beauty, and giving strength to something that is otherwise too fragile to survive. Thank you.

The prints will range from illustrations used on the bowls to close-ups of glazework to photos of the entire set. I will have a link to my photoset on Flickr. You can choose from these pictures, or I will just pick something neat out for you. The full set of thirteen photos will show each bowl at its most flattering.
The refrigerator magnets will be awesome. I make cool magnets. I'm not going to lie. They do cost a bit more to ship, though.

As for the book, your coffee table will clean itself for the privilege of holding this book. All books will be signed and numbered. Both softcover and hardcover copies will show pictures of concept art, works in progress, and portfolio-quality slides. The hardcover book will be printed on superfancy paper with a superfancy cover from Blurb's ProLine Books. The hardcover book will also include pictures of the work exhibited.

Everyone is *allowed* to donate $5,000, but my guess is that only one or zero people will. This person gets the whole shebang, even the refrigerator magnet. After my display is taken down after ArtPrize 2012 ends, I will safely package each of these bowls. I can ship or deliver, depending on where you live.

In Summary, We Conclude
All backers who are able should see the work on display. I am very excited and hope you are too. Thank you.

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    Your name on the Planet bowl, a ceramic magnet (made by me) that reads, "HOORAY!" and one 5"x7" print OR two 4"x6" prints.

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    Your name on the Organism bowl, the "HOORAY!" magnet, a collection of prints in a hardcover book, and six 8"x10" prints.

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    Your name on the Atom bowl, a collection of prints in a hardcover book, and the entire installation to be delivered after its display for ArtPrize. You get the magnet, too.

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