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I’m a mouth mug making, sculpture loving ceramicist who needs your help getting to Jingdezhen, AKA The "Porcelain Capital of the World"
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I am going to Jingdezhen, China in the Fall of 2015 to study ceramics. I'll be studying at The Pottery Workshop, an international ceramics center in the "Porcelain Capital of the world" from September 8th to December 15th. I want to always be growing as an artist, moving forward in ceramics, gaining new experiences and developing my work; which is why I am so excited to be a part of this program. It is a Ceramics Study Abroad Program through West Virginia University, that ASU is taking part in. I am the first and only student from ASU to be participating in the program in the Fall Semester.  I'm looking for all the support I can get from you, and whomever you may share this with to help me cover a portion of the costs. If you appreciate my work and would like to support me as an artist and what I'm doing...sharing my page, donating, or both would help me out more than you know, and I would be forever grateful. 

I love creating ceramic sculptures and that is where I have focused my attention. I seem to have always put wheel throwing on the back burner however over the past year I began throwing a great deal more, and started incorporating the hand building I love to do so much with these thrown pieces. I have been giving planters, bowls, and mugs their very own unique persona and it has been heaps of fun. While working on them, these mugs slowly reveal their own personality and individuality that set them apart from any other mug you will find. I have a passion for making them and I enjoy drinking from them. It's like having a little friend in the morning to drink your coffee from. I would love nothing more than to give you that same mouth mug-to-face experience.

*Check out my Instagram to see more of my artwork! @carligiese

I will be creating new work all summer for each and every one of you that are supporting this project and my artwork. I am looking forward to showing my appreciation with work I have been developing since I first began ceramics; such as the necklaces and mugs I have spent so much time improving over this past year. All of the rewards are a one-of-a kind, original piece of artwork I have made (postcard and blog access I would consider a different form of artwork).  Not one mouth mug is the exact same as another, and same goes for all other ceramic rewards.

$15 Reward: Ear Magnet
$15 Reward: Ear Magnet
$20 Reward: Shrunken Head Necklace
$20 Reward: Shrunken Head Necklace
$25 Reward: Porcelain Glass Necklace
$25 Reward: Porcelain Glass Necklace
$45 Reward: Ear Mug
$45 Reward: Ear Mug
$50 Reward: Mouth Mug
$50 Reward: Mouth Mug
$200 Reward: Family of Mugs
$200 Reward: Family of Mugs
  
$600 Reward: Baby Moche
$600 Reward: Baby Moche
$700 Reward: Sacrifice Moche
$700 Reward: Sacrifice Moche

China: Fall Semester Ceramics Program 

Total program Fee: $13,300 

Includes: Tuition for 12 credit hours, round trip airfare, lodging and most meals, international travel, health insurance, and excursions to Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing.

Kickstarter Reward costs (for me) : Materials (clay, tools, etc.), packaging & shipping, production and time.

Thank you all for taking the time to look at my page and for considering to back my project. This study abroad trip will be an incredible ceramics adventure that will impact my life greatly, and I truly believe my MOUTH MUGS, EAR MUGS, and other rewards, will do the same for you.

If you have ANY questions, that I haven't already answered please don't hesitate to message/email me!       carlikickstarter@gmail.com

Video # 1 Credit: Claire Cleveland (THANK YOU)

Photo of Sam Chung (in video) Credit: Rachel Hicks 

Risks and challenges

I have a set schedule for the building, drying, bisque firing, glazing, and glaze firing this summer. I am VERY confident I will be able to accomplish the work on time, however this is ceramics and mishaps do happen, so there is a potential risk the deadlines may need to be extended.

I am going to great lengths to make sure that every aspect of this project stays on schedule.

A lot depends on how soon project backers are able to fill out the questionnaire with their mailing addresses. That is why it is important for all backers to submit the questionnaire by end of day Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.

Anyone not able to fill out the questionnaire by Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 will most likely NOT receive their stuff on time.

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    You will receive access to my blog where I will share my experiences while I'm in Jingdezhen, China!

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    POSTCARD FROM CHINA

    A heartfelt, handwritten postcard sent from China.

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    EAR MAGNET

    Hand-sculpted ceramic ear magnet.
    Like all other magnets, it's attracted to ferrous objects like pieces of iron, steel, nickel and cobalt, BUT IT'S AN EAR.

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    SHRUNKEN HEAD NECKLACE

    Handmade, one-of-a-kind, porcelain shrunken head necklace with an adjustable neck string.

    Each and everyone of these necklaces has it's own personality. They will keep you company, and are great conversation starters.
    FYI: There is absolutely nothing wrong with naming them.

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    PORCELAIN GLASS NECKLACE

    Handmade and one-of-a-kind necklace pendant made with both porcelain and glass; has adjustable neck string.

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    EAR MUG

    "A sculpture you can drink from"
    Handmade, one-of-a-kind, ceramic mug WITH AN EAR.

    Drink coffee, tea, and whatever else you would like from this mug (maybe you just want it to sit on a shelf?). It will listen to you with out passing any judgement...although the people around you might when they see you talking to your mug. NO SHAME.

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    MOUTH MUG

    "A sculpture you can drink from"
    Handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic mug, WITH A MOUTH.

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    MUG COUPLE

    "Sculptures you can drink from"
    Set of TWO handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs WITH EARS AND/OR MOUTHS.

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    FAMILY OF MUGS

    "Sculptures you can drink from"
    Set of FOUR handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic mugs WITH EARS AND/OR MOUTHS.

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    BABY MOCHE

    15 x 10 x 17.5 “
    Burnished Terra Sigillata
    Low Temp Salt Fire

    This piece is my own replication of a Moche ceramic sculpture; Moche being a Peruvian Culture that thrived from 100—800 CE.

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    SACRIFICE MOCHE

    21.5 x 11 x 14.5 “
    Burnished Terra Sigillata
    Low Temp Salt Fire

    This piece is my own replication of a Moche ceramic sculpture; Moche being a Peruvian Culture that thrived from 100—800 CE.

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    CUSTOMIZED CERAMIC SCULPTURE

    I will meet with you or talk over phone, and get an understanding of what you want.

    Size limitations: Roughly 1ft x 1ft
    (I will work with you if you would like to adjust this size- feel free to message me before and I will let you know if your idea and size of, will work for this reward)

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