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$710
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19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 6 2019 8:24 PM UTC +00:00

About

Fantasy mushrooms, glazed stoneware bases with kiln-formed glass mushroom tops
Fantasy mushrooms, glazed stoneware bases with kiln-formed glass mushroom tops

How I Got to Here

My name is MB Augustina Mitchell, but my friends call me Gus.  I'm the artist behind AugustaWynde Designs.  I've been creative all of my life, beginning with sewing doll clothes as a preschooler, to playing classical music, folk painting, sewing clothes for my family, and then found myself in ceramics as a divorced mom of a little boy.  Ceramics was exactly what my heart needed at that time, and I fell head over heels in love with it.  I dearly love ceramics, but my heart has always drifted to glass art.  I longed to combine ceramics and glass in my art, to take my artwork to levels that I couldn't accomplish with ceramics alone.  After 10 years of creating ceramic artwork, I took the leap and began working with glass in my ceramics kiln.

Glass Candy Dish, antique window glass with gold mica
Glass Candy Dish, antique window glass with gold mica

For nearly 5 years I've been creating glass art side by side with my ceramics in my big ceramics kiln, and in my little metal clay kiln.  I long to create larger, more important pieces now, including a piece for University of Michigan's Cancer Center.  The piece for U of M is about overcoming--it's the radiation mask used for head and neck tumors, morphing into a butterfly (a symbol of rebirth and metamorphosis).  My big ceramic kiln can't handle such delicate pieces, and my tiny kiln is inadequate for any real creations.  It's time to grow...

I use my artwork to express myself, to help others, and to support my family.  A digital kiln for glass will open the doors to so much more in my world--more artwork, more donations, and more beauty in our lives.

Stoneware wind bell, with cast glass butterfly wind sails
Stoneware wind bell, with cast glass butterfly wind sails

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter has asked that I speak to the risks and challenges I may face in the completion of this project. The biggest risk I face is the unpredictability of working with a kiln. The glass may not always turn out exactly as I had planned, resulting in starting a project over again, delaying the finished product. I feel that I've built enough time into the rewards structure to account for this occurrence, though.

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    My undying thanks

    My undying thanks, and your name on my website

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    A handwritten postcard of my artwork

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    Rainbow paw print sun catcher

    Remember your special furry loved one with one of my cast glass rainbow paw sun catchers. This is a heart-shaped glass sun catcher made of rainbow colored glass, with a paw print inside, hanging from a satin ribbon.

    You'll also receive a hand-written thank you note on a photo card, and a personal thank you on my website. In addition, I'll also remember your pet or pets in a special post on my Facebook page "Second Chance the Pound Dog."

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    Set of 4 magnets

    A set of 4 colorful glass magnets, perfect for dressing up your refrigerator or filing cabinet. Magnets will measure between 1 and 2 inches across, and have a strong magnet epoxied to the reverse side.
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    Set of 2 Glass Sun Catchers or Ornaments

    For the Early Birds! A special set of 2 colorful glass sun catchers or ornaments (your choice). Tell me your favorite color or theme, and all create something special for you.

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    Your Choice--Pendant or 2 Drink Sticks

    You get to choose--either a beautiful glass pendant on a black satin cord, or 2 handmade fused glass drink stir sticks (also known as swizzle sticks). You may also receive a mystery gift with this selection.

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    Set of two draped glass tealight holders

    These are similar in style to the votive holder you see on my story page. Simple, modern, and graceful.

    For this selection you'll receive a lovely set of two glass tealight candle holders. These beautiful glass candle holders are the perfect addition to your dinner table, or to add just the right amount of mood lighting to a relaxing bubble bath.

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    Stoneware and glass garden mushroom!!

    This reward is for one of those mushrooms you see in my story page. A petite handmade mushroom, to add color to your garden or table. It makes an adorable addition to your fairy garden! I hand-sculpt each individual stem from stoneware clay, and fire to over 2100 degrees in my ceramic kiln. Next, I create the glass mushroom top using clear sheet glass and colorful glass powder, and fire that in my ceramics kiln. Mushrooms measure approximately 6 inches tall, and 5 inches wide.

    In addition to the mushroom, you'll receive a small surprise piece in glass or ceramic, plus a thank you on my website, and a handwritten thank you note on a photo card.

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    Set of 4 sun catchers or ornaments

    Early Bird Special!
    A set of 4 colorful glass sun catchers or Christmas Ornaments (your choice), These beautiful pieces of cast or fused glass will measure at least 3 inches across, and come on a satin ribbon for hanging.

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    Set of 4 sun catchers or ornaments

    A set of 4 colorful glass sun catchers or Christmas Ornaments (your choice), Let me know your favorite colors and/or theme, and I'll make you something special. These beautiful pieces of cast or fused glass will measure at least 3 inches across, and come on a satin ribbon for hanging.

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    8 inch square hanging glass artwork

    An 8 inch by 8 inch piece of custom glass artwork, made to hang and catch the light. Let me know your favorite colors and themes, and I'll make something special just for you.

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    It's a mystery!

    What will you receive? It's a mystery! If you love to be surprised, this one is for you! You'll receive one or more pieces of beautiful glass artwork with this selection. It could be functional, it could be decorative, it could even be jewelry. It's a mystery box of my glass, with a minimum retail value of $150.

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    Rainbow Bridge Candle Arch

    A beautiful arched glass rainbow made from colored glass that I will fuse together and slump in my kiln, with a sparkling black paw print on one end. A special piece to remember your very loved pet who has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

    You'll also receive a hand-written thank you note on a photo card, and a personal thank you on my website. In addition, your pet or pets will be mentioned in a special post on the Facebook page "Second Chance the Pound Dog"

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    Custom designed artwork

    I'll make a special, custom piece of glass just for you, limited only by your imagination and the size of my kiln.

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    Create some glass with me

    Come visit with me here in Michigan, and we'll make some glass artwork together. I'll provide some pre-cut glass along with frit and pieces for decorating, and we'll take a couple of hours making some artwork together. I'll complete the glass in my kiln at my home studio, and ship or deliver your finished piece(s) to you. (You're responsible for providing your own transportation to where we agree to meet to work)

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