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Funding for a ceramic kiln with accessories and other studio necessities for my new home pottery studio.
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Thank you for your interest in my studio funding! Here's an overview of what's below:

  • About me
  • My Studio
  • Project Goal
  • My Art Work - Your Rewards
  • Community Classes
  • Why Kickstarter?
  • Acknowledgements

About me

My daughter and I
My daughter and I

My name is Brett Roberts and I am a high school art teacher, part time potter, and an active community educator. As a student I was always casually interested in art until my first Ceramics class. I excelled and quickly grew to love the medium, specifically the potter’s wheel. This prompted me to pursue ceramics and education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I found a great position in Waterford, WI teaching 3-D art, primarily Ceramics and Stained Glass. I also teach community pottery classes on a regular basis.  This year I had just shy of 100 ceramic students enrolled in 5 classes, and have had roughly 50 community members take classes with me.

 My Studio 

Basement Pottery Studio
Basement Pottery Studio

 My studio is located in our basement, directly under our one-car garage. It is a very typical potter’s studio. It is small, efficient, and must double as a storage room at times (hence, the need for Caribbean backdrop to to hide all the storage shelves and bins!) This is a fairly common formula for many potters but, like many of them, I make do with the space and resources available in order to have the luxury of working from home. 

My goal for this project                                                                                                 

I am making a more concerted effort toward making and selling more pots. I have focused on building my community classes for the last few years but would like to get back to exploring forms and surfaces. With your support in this project I will be able to purchase and install a kiln capable of firing to the temperatures I need for my pottery. This would replace the small, old low-fire kiln I bought from a garage sale seven years ago and allow me to make, fire, and glaze all my work in home! I currently transport all of my work to fire at the school where I teach. Creating an obvious logistical nightmare for very fragile dry pots. 

The kiln I wish to purchase would suit my needs perfectly. Not overly big, but capable of firing my largest work with plenty of extra space. It has a automated control system that is programable to suit my needs. It would also fire to the temperature needed for my glazes to mature and melt thoroughly, at roughly 2,200 degrees. 

Skutt 1022
Skutt 1022

My Art Work - Your Rewards

My primary artistic focus is functional pottery. There is something special about connecting with other people through handmade objects designed to be used on a daily basis. Pottery, in general, requires a large amount of consideration into design, balance, practicality, and even science. My first priority is to create pots that are straightforward and practical for the user. Design and appearance are important as well, but I want users to be satisfied by the feel of my work as much as the aesthetics. I want them to be the optimal form for their specific function, and look great at the same time. 

To show my appreciation to my supporters, I have selected some of my favorite work to share with you.

 All pieces will very slightly in size, shape, and color. This uniqueness is, in my opinion, is positive quality of hand-made work. 

Small succulent planter  4" x 4"  $20
Small succulent planter 4" x 4" $20
Small Wave Bowl  6" x 3"  $25
Small Wave Bowl 6" x 3" $25
Diner-Style mug with slip texture 4.5" x 3.5" $30
Diner-Style mug with slip texture 4.5" x 3.5" $30
Large Succulent Planter 8" x 7"  $30
Large Succulent Planter 8" x 7" $30
Blue Celadon Jar 9" x 5"  $35
Blue Celadon Jar 9" x 5" $35
Honey Amber Jar 8 x 4"  $35
Honey Amber Jar 8 x 4" $35
Faceted Serving Bowl  4.5" x 6.5"  $45
Faceted Serving Bowl 4.5" x 6.5" $45
Large Wave Bowl  7" x 4"  $45
Large Wave Bowl 7" x 4" $45
Tall Vase With Slip Texture 9" x 6"  $50
Tall Vase With Slip Texture 9" x 6" $50
Large Serving Bowl With Slip Texture 12" x 5"  $60
Large Serving Bowl With Slip Texture 12" x 5" $60
Large Storage Jar with Slip Texture  10" x 6"  $70
Large Storage Jar with Slip Texture 10" x 6" $70
Honey Amber Jar set: Assorted Sizes  $75
Honey Amber Jar set: Assorted Sizes $75
Large 2-Piece Jar With Slip Texture  14" x 7"  $100
Large 2-Piece Jar With Slip Texture 14" x 7" $100

Community Classes



Community Pottery Classes
Community Pottery Classes

 For the last 5 years I have been teaching community pottery classes at the high school in which I teach. This allows me to connect with people in my community personally while promoting and creating a local interest in pottery. This has been a very rewarding venture and I have developed great relationships with many people in the community. I truly look forward to each new class and the new people I will meet, as well as the returners I have gotten to know personally. I am very grateful to have a great following of community members interested in learning the craft of pottery. To this day I have held roughly 30 classes in the last 5 years ranging from hand building, potters wheel, even glaze testing classes. I can't thank all the people interested enough, especially the regulars!

Why Kickstarter

Kickstarter allows me to know exactly what work to make, and the exact quantity. I could make an inventory of pots then try to sell them, but would likely end up with lots of leftover pieces, or not enough. With this campaign I will be able to plan, create, and send out only the work I need. 

If funded, I will spend a good deal of time during the  end of July and into August throwing pots and firing and glazing to get all the orders out in a timely manner. 

Additional funds

In the event my campaign generates additional profit, I will invest in other  equipment to better outfit my studio. These will give me more opportunities to create and experiment. 

Acknowledgements 

My Kids

They love getting their hands dirty just like dad! I cannot get enough of their love!

My Wife  

My wife, Kelsey, has always supported me in my clay interests, from teaching evening classes on a regular bases, to collecting more pottery than I know what to do with! She is a great mom, wife and nurse, and I appreciate her every day. She is also way out of my league and I am lucky to have her.

My Supporters

Thank you in advance to all my supporters of this project. And thank you to those who have purchased work from me in the past, taken classes with me, and Waterford Union High School for allowing me to utilize my classroom for community classes. 

Also thank you to https://www.bensound.comfor providing free music for projects such as this. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk I foresee is time. If my campaign is an overwhelming success it could be difficult to create the amount of work purchased and ship it all out by my projected September fulfillment. Additionally, scheduling a large amount of classes could be logistically difficult as well. Especially once my school year begins again.

To avoid this, I have set some limits for some of the more time consuming pieces I am offering, and extending the timeframe for supporters to schedule their classes. All class supporters will have until the end of the year to schedule their class which will provide a good deal of flexibility for everyone's schedules.

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    Studio Supporter

    My humblest thank you for your contribution toward my studio, and a shout out on my social media pages if my funding is successful. I truly appreciate contributions of all sizes.

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    Small Succulent Planter

    Perfect little pot for your favorite little plant. Made with a dark stoneware.

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    Small Wave Pattern Bowl

    Perfect single serving bowl for cereal, rice, noodles, Ice cream, etc. Made with a dark stoneware. Faceted wave pattern added.

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    "Diner-style" mug with slip texture.

    One mug thrown on the potter's wheel with slip texture added. A handle pulled and attached that is appropriate to the design while remaining comfortable and functionally practical.

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    Large Succulent Planter

    Like its smaller counterpart, the large succulent planter is perfect for your slightly larger succulents. Also a great utensil holder!

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    Blue Celadon Jar

    Great little storage jar for any of your storing needs. Works great for sugar!

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    Honey Amber Jar

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    Faceted Serving Bowl

    My Personal favorite! Backers will receive 1 faceted serving bowl.

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    Large Wave Pattern Bowl

    Backers will receive 1 serving bowl with my unique wave pattern. Great serving bowl for your party needs.

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    Tall Vase with slip texture

    Tall vase with Slip design. Actual colors and designs will very slightly.

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    Large Serving bowl with slip texture.

    Great for serving your favorite dish at your next party. Large enough to hold your favorite bag of chips, flashy enough to be the center of attention.

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    Large Storage Jar with Slip Texture

    This large jar is thrown and a slip design added. great size for storage in the kitchen. Finished volume is roughly one gallon.

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    Honey Amber Jar Set of 3

    Get three jars for the price of 2. Each lid made to fit perfectly in each jar. Sizes vary to accompany a variety storing needs.

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    Large 2-Piece Jar With Slip Texture

    One of my largest and most time consuming pieces. This happens to be one of my favorites. Thrown in two parts and the lid thrown as the third part. Extra handles added for aesthetic qualities. Quantities limited due to the time needed to create.

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    Community Pottery Class - Potter's Wheel

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    This class focus will be the basics of making pots on the potter's wheel. Backers will attend a 4-week community pottery class. As an added bonus, I will make one complimentary faceted serving bowl for you to add to the collection of work you will make during your class. Original bowl price $45.

    Classes meet once a week at Waterford Union High School
    Wednesday nights 5 - 8pm. July 24 - August 14

    You may also redeem a future class if you are unable to attend one of the options. I will offer classes throughout the year.

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    Community Pottery Class - Handbuilding

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    This class focus will be the basics of making pots without the use of the potter's wheel. Backers will attend a 4-week community pottery class. As an added bonus, I will make one complimentary faceted serving bowl for you to add to the collection of work you will make during your class. Original bowl price $45.

    Classes meet once a week at Waterford Union High School

    Class Info
    Monday nights 5 - 8pm. July 22 - August 12

    Please Note. You may redeem any future class if you are unable attend this class session.

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    Small group pottery lessons: 4-6 people

    Perfect for the family or friends of all abilities. This 3 hour session will be catered to your interests and scheduled to suit your group. You will decide what projects you would like to make and I will demonstrate and facilitate your creating experience.

    Once finished, you will be able to choose from a variety of glazes and I will glaze and fire your work for you to pick up 2 weeks later.

    Session Ideas: Intro to potter's wheel. Advanced potter's wheel techniques. Hand-building mugs, vases, planters, etc.

    No experience necessary. Great for all ages!
    Classes held at Waterford Union High School
    Class may redeemed until January 1st.

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    Private Pottery Lessons

    Find a friend, or two, or fly solo with these private lessons, designed for 1-3 people. Enjoy two, 3-hour classes that are perfect for those who seek a more focused session. You will decide what you would like to learn/create and I will demonstrate and facilitate you as you create your work. We will work out a schedule that suits you and your potential partner/s. Great for beginners that want to quickly develop their skills, or veterans who want to push their work to the next level. All work will be glazed and picked up at a later date.

    As an added thank you, I will fire and glaze all my demos for you to keep!

    6 hours of total instruction time.
    This is the ideal way to develop your pottery skills.
    No experience is necessary. Great for all ages! (Minors Accompanied by a parent. )
    Classes held at Waterford Union High School.
    Limited Availability
    Class may redeemed until January 1st.

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    Large Group Pottery lessons: 7-10 people

    Perfect for larger groups of family or friends of all abilities. This 3 hour session will be catered to your interests and scheduled to suit your group. You will decide what projects you would like to make and I will demonstrate and facilitate your creating experience.

    Once finished, you will be able to choose from a variety of glazes and I will glaze and fire your work for you to pick up 2 weeks later.

    Session Ideas: Intro to potter's wheel. Advanced potter's wheel techniques. Hand-building mugs, vases, planters, etc.

    No experience necessary. Great for all ages!
    Classes held at Waterford Union High School
    Class may redeemed until January 1st.

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