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By Brian Giniewski
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About this project

 My Background:

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.  

Krista (my wife) and I taking a break outside of our current studio in Port Richmond
Krista (my wife) and I taking a break outside of our current studio in Port Richmond

 My Challenge:

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.

New studio space under construction at Globe Dye Works
New studio space under construction at Globe Dye Works

My Goal:

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.

Skutt KM-1227 electric kiln
Skutt KM-1227 electric kiln
 

Your Rewards:

     
#1.  $10 - 
Enamel Pin

Enamel pins are available in 2 different shapes, 4 colorways.
Enamel pins are available in 2 different shapes, 4 colorways.

 

#2.  $25 - Small Drippy Pot

Small drippy pot is approx. 3" x 3" and available in a variety of colorways (Lavender/Grape shown here)
Small drippy pot is approx. 3" x 3" and available in a variety of colorways (Lavender/Grape shown here)

#3.  $35 - Small Drippy Pot + Enamel Pin

A small pot from Reward # 2 + a pin from Reward #1

#4.  $40 - Medium Drippy Pot

Medium drippy pot is approx. 3.5" x 4.5" and available in a variety of colorways (Ruin shown here)
Medium drippy pot is approx. 3.5" x 4.5" and available in a variety of colorways (Ruin shown here)

#5.  $45 - Custom Monogram Planter

3.5" x 4.5" non-drippy planter, monogrammed with your initials in the color of your choice
3.5" x 4.5" non-drippy planter, monogrammed with your initials in the color of your choice

 

#6. $50 - Medium FX Drippy Pot

Shown here in the Cookie / Cream colorway
Shown here in the Cookie / Cream colorway

 

#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 

Shown here in the Creamsicle, Powder, Bubblegum, and Lavender colorways
Shown here in the Creamsicle, Powder, Bubblegum, and Lavender colorways

 

#9.  $65 - Large Drippy Pot

Large drippy pot is approx. 6" x 7" and available in a variety of colorways (Saffron/Turmeric shown here)
Large drippy pot is approx. 6" x 7" and available in a variety of colorways (Saffron/Turmeric shown here)

 

#10. $70 - Pet Dish Set

A set of two 5" x 2" drippy food/water dishes for your pet (Creamsicle, Bubblegum, Powder, Still, Sherbet shown here)
A set of two 5" x 2" drippy food/water dishes for your pet (Creamsicle, Bubblegum, Powder, Still, Sherbet shown here)

  

#11.  $80 - Large Sherbet Drippy Vase

Can't decide on one colorway? Choose Sherbet to get a little bit of them all!
Can't decide on one colorway? Choose Sherbet to get a little bit of them all!

 

#12.  $100 - Custom Drippy Vase

Large belly vase shown here in the Mint/Avocado colorway
Large belly vase shown here in the Mint/Avocado colorway

 

#13.  $125 - Set of 5 Small Drippy Pots

We'd love to create a grouping of small pieces that reflects your aesthetic
We'd love to create a grouping of small pieces that reflects your aesthetic

#14. $130 - Small, Medium, + Large Drippy Pot

A grouping of small, medium and large drippy pots specially selected by us
A grouping of small, medium and large drippy pots specially selected by us

 

#15.  $180 - Set of 5 Special FX Drippy Pots

Let us put together a funky grouping with you in mind
Let us put together a funky grouping with you in mind

 

#16.  $200 - Set of 5 Medium Drippy Pots

Shown here in the Bubblegum/Beet, Powder/Denim, Saffron/Turmeric, Lavender/Grape, Creamsicle/Toast colorways
Shown here in the Bubblegum/Beet, Powder/Denim, Saffron/Turmeric, Lavender/Grape, Creamsicle/Toast colorways

 

#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

I'd love to create a grouping of bowls for you in your favorite colorways (Shown here in Mint/Avocado, Lavender/Ash, Powder/Denim, Creamsicle/Ash)
I'd love to create a grouping of bowls for you in your favorite colorways (Shown here in Mint/Avocado, Lavender/Ash, Powder/Denim, Creamsicle/Ash)

 

#19.  $300 - Set of 5 Large Drippy Pots / Vases

A special grouping of Bubblegum/Ombré vases shown here
A special grouping of Bubblegum/Ombré vases shown here

#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.

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    Enamel Pin

    Brian designed these pins himself in the likeness of the drippy-glazed pots. They are available in 2 different shapes, and 4 colorways.

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    Medium FX Drippy Pot

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    Large Sherbet Drippy Vase

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    Custom Drippy Vase

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    Set of 4 Custom Drippy Bowls

    You pick the colorways and Brian will make a special grouping of 4 drippy bowls just for you! Bowls are cereal-sized or ambitious-ice-cream-eater-sized, if that's your thing. They'll look perfect in your home or apartment.

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    Set of 5 Large Drippy Pots/Vases

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    Full-Day Workshop

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    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!

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