In May 2016 I moved to Philadelphia to get married and start my own business making a line of fun, colorful, and unique ceramic pots. After 6 years of teaching art at the university level and making pots on evenings and weekends, I was so excited for the opportunity to work in the studio full-time. I love to work with my hands and create accessibly-priced pieces of art that make people happy. The response to this line of ceramics has been remarkable, and I can't wait to see where the business will go next.
After almost one year of operating out of a studio in the Port Richmond neighborhood in Philadelphia, we have outgrown the space and are now facing an important challenge. In order to take the next step in our business, we need to upgrade to a larger and better-equipped facility that will help us increase production and allow for better visibility and engagement with the public. We recently found an amazing space at the Globe Dye Works, a beautiful converted factory building located in the Frankford neighborhood. This space offers some significant upgrades from my current studio including brand a new electrical system, HVAC, windows + skylights. Most importantly, the Globe Dye Works building is home for many creative small-businesses which provides a great sense of community and potential for networking.
In order to move in to a new space and start producing right away, I need to buy a few pieces of new equipment and build some new studio furniture. The most important investment is 3 new electric kilns, which are essential in the production of ceramics. I am looking to purchase 3 Skutt KM-1227 kilns from The Ceramic Shop, a Philadelphia-based ceramic supply company. Each of these kilns costs $2,844.00 and should last for at least 10-15 years of regular firing. In addition to the kilns, I am seeking $1,500 for materials to build tables, carts, a storage system, and a structure for displaying finished work. Lastly, I would like to hire and train local artists through an assistantship and internship program, offering them fair wages for their work, which I would be able to get off the ground with an additional $5,000 of contributions. With these updated kilns, improved efficiency, and trained assistants, I will be able to increase production volume and start accepting larger orders.
#2. $25 - Small Drippy Pot
#3. $35 - Small Drippy Pot + Enamel Pin
A small pot from Reward # 2 + a pin from Reward #1
#4. $40 - Medium Drippy Pot
#5. $45 - Custom Monogram Planter
#6. $50 - Medium FX Drippy Pot
#7. $55 - Locals only - Drippy Pot + Studio Visit
Come by the studio to say hello and pick up a drippy pot of your choice (no shipping cost)! We love to meet our customers and would be happy to show you around the studio and help you pick a piece (or two).
#8. $55 - Rainbow Drippy Vase
#9. $65 - Large Drippy Pot
#10. $70 - Pet Dish Set
#11. $80 - Large Sherbet Drippy Vase
#12. $100 - Custom Drippy Vase
#13. $125 - Set of 5 Small Drippy Pots
#14. $130 - Small, Medium, + Large Drippy Pot
#15. $180 - Set of 5 Special FX Drippy Pots
#16. $200 - Set of 5 Medium Drippy Pots
#17. $250 - Date Night for 2 + Drippy Pot
2-hour lesson at my Philadelphia studio for you and your boo + a piece of your choice to take home!
#18. $275 - Set of 4 Custom Drippy Bowls
#19. $300 - Set of 5 Large Drippy Pots / Vases
#20. $425 - Full-day Workshop
If you live within 100 miles of Philadelphia, I'll come to your school/studio/community center for a full-day workshop! I'd love to demonstrate throwing on the wheel, share glazing techniques, teach you about mold making, and/or talk about how to market and sell ceramics. I can tailor my workshop to you and your needs to get the most out of the day.
#21. $500 - Custom Set of Pots / Vases
If you want total creative control over your beautiful new ceramic collection, this is the option for you. You choose the forms + colorways and Brian will make a special grouping of 5-8 (depending on size) pieces just for you!
#22. $750 - Personal Shopper
Let us do your holiday shopping for you this year! Send us the names and favorite colorways of 12 of your BFFs, and we'll pick out and send them a large drippy vase/pot ($50 value) and handwritten card letting them know how much you love them. Say Happy Holidays with handmade ceramics this year!
Risks and challenges
There are always risks involved with the ceramic process. In our normal production, we have pieces that come out as imperfect, seconds, or sometimes completely unusable. We overcome this risk by always producing an additional 15-20% of the required pieces to account for loss. Even if the piece that you requested as a reward doesn't turn out perfectly the first time, you can trust that we will get it right for you. After all, we're professionals!
In the case of an overwhelming response to a particular reward level, or the campaign as a whole (woo!!!) we may need to extend the fulfillment / delivery times slightly for some recipients. Our pots require a lot of handwork and individual attention, so it takes several weeks for them to go through the entire process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter