My name is Blayze Buseth. I am a potter, sculptor, and designer. This year I was selected for a three-month International Artist Residency in Jingdezhen, China, through the Pottery Workshop.
Jingdezhen has been the center of Chinese porcelain production since the 1400s. The Pottery Workshop program provides housing, modern facilities to work in, hundreds of master artisans to work with in the community and bilingual staff!
While in Jingdezhen I will be creating a new body of work I call The Artifacts. The Artifacts include three vessels inspired by ancient artifacts from around the world. This work includes the Sacred Bowl, Ambient Vase, and Robed Vase which will be created out of the famous Jingdezhen porcelain.
The entire experience is going to be shared through digital illustrations of Tom’s Adventure.
Tom, a Balloon Guy, sits before his adventure to a foreign land. Here he will meet the great masters, encounter the artifacts, and experience the secrets of this unknown place.
Each stage of Tom’s journey will be revealed as a story card. The first two story cards are depicted “A Foreign Land” and “The Artifact!” The rest of Tom’s story will be revealed and formed throughout his adventure.
That's where you can come in:
Become a backer. With your help as a backer, we will create The Artifacts in fine china porcelain and bring Tom's story to life.
Rewards include high-quality collectible postcards, original art prints, fine porcelain art and more!
Backing any rewards guarantees you all 10 stages of Tom's Adventure.
Post Card Bundle
Receive Tom's whole adventure in 4x6 travel postcards.
Tom's Adventure T-Shirt!
Tom holding the sacred artifacts. Written in Chinese characters reads "Tom's Adventure".
This reward is a small carving of Tom. It will be a symbol of Tom's Adventure. Each piece is finished in a traditional Chinese celadon glaze. These mementos will come signed and numbered!
Throughout Tom's Adventure he will discover The Artifacts. These creations are cherished by the balloon guys. They are enchanting vessels that give life energy to guardians of these relics.
1. (Artifact) Sacred Bowl - China
First Artifact: The precious vessel held by Tom. This original design is a minimalistic bowl finished in fine china porcelain and a traditional clear glaze. Each piece has my eternal flame logo carved and centered on the bottom. This piece is a spectacular artisan bowl.
2. (Artifact) Ambient Vase - India
Second Artifact: Tom's Adventure has led him to an enchanting vessel! This is one of the prized artifacts found by Tom. It represents the continued spring of life and is said to emit a wonderful aura.
3. (Artifact) Robed Vase - Greece
Third Artifact: The sacred temple treasure. Through this vessel, Tom has fathomed the secrets of this ancient world.
Why Help Tom?
Tom is a symbol of the adventurer. He comes from a series, "The Playful World," I created when I was a boy. In this series, these cartoons run wild and get into all sorts of mischief. Thanks to tremendous encouragement, I am bringing these characters back to share and assist in this adventure to China.
On August 29, I leave for China and arrive in Shanghai. After three days I will take a train to Jingdezhen. Here I will be studying historic pottery, creating porcelain art, and most importantly creating the story of Tom's Adventure. Throughout my stay, I will be sharing updates through Kickstarter and revealing Tom's Adventure.
All Pledges go towards the costs of the residency.
- 90 days as a resident at The Pottery Workshop will cost me about $4500 (This includes room & board, studio access, and meals Monday -Friday)
- Materials and firings will cost $600
- I have purchased my plane ticket but additional travel expenses come to about $400
If I receive extra money from pledges I will use that towards additional materials which will greatly increase my capabilities in China.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about backing my and Tom's journey. Thank you for your support of myself and my work.
Photography - Daniel Knight - Shanti Knight
Partner - Desiree Logan
Project Editors - Julia Lundeen, Gary Mathiesen, Bill Adams.
Music - https://icons8.com/license
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
• In 2013 I studied with West Virginia University in China. I have been guided through the creating process, shipping, customs, and general welfare.
• I will have the assistance of bilingual staff to help me through the language barrier.
• I will post updates detailing my experience in China on a blog on my website.
• If order quantities become more than anticipated I have developed a plan to expand.
•Backer rewards will be shipped out after I return home from China.
•Pottery vessels will be shipped back to the USA before I ship them to my backers.
- (29 days)