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The first step to creating Nesting Hawk Ranch, a place of ceramics and creativity for the community
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My name is Brian Cully. I am a ceramic artist in San Luis Obispo, California. I have been making pottery for 30 years.

I recently met with the opportunity to acquire a piece of property in the beautiful area of Edna Valley, and I think it is the perfect place for people to be inspired and create. Together with my wife, who is a musician and artist herself, we are planning to start a new studio here called Nesting Hawk Ranch.

We want Nesting Hawk Ranch to be a place full of art and music, where people can learn, grow, experiment and have fun. We have a lot of ideas of what can happen in this space. We want to build my pottery studio, put on Raku and pit firing nights, and host house concerts, to name a few. I especially love being part of the ceramic community in my area, and look forward to making and nurturing connections.

This Kickstarter project is to move my 3,000 lbs gas-fired kiln, which is essential for firing my large sculptural work and lamps, as well as for student work in the future. Moving the kiln will require hiring a crane and a tractor-trailer and buying materials for the foundation and shelter. I have estimated the cost to be around $5,000. Any extra money made will go into the studio. There is a lot of work to do and I am excited to start!

How the money will be used

$700 - Hire a crane and crane operator

$500 - Hire a tractor-trailer and operator

$850 - Lay the foundation for the kiln

$1,000 - Build the kiln shelter and roof

$1,400 - Purchase propane for 500 gallon tank

$150 - Ship rewards to backers

$400 - Kickstarter fees

TOTAL $5,000

Any extra money raised will be used to build the studio and purchase studio supplies. There is a lot of work to do. The throwing room needs a new roof, a floor, a wall and door to enclose the space, sink and water, and much more. None of the funds will be wasted!

Rewards

Rewards include my ceramic works, pottery lessons and even an album by my beautiful wife Elizabeth Etta.

Baby bowl (sample)
Baby bowl (sample)
Cup (sample)
Cup (sample)
Mug (sample)
Mug (sample)
Serving bowl (sample)
Serving bowl (sample)
Sake set (sample)
Sake set (sample)
Raku piece (sample)
Raku piece (sample)

Pit fired vase (sample)
Pit fired vase (sample)
Lamp (sample)
Lamp (sample)
Lamp when lit (sample)
Lamp when lit (sample)
"Depending on the Pipe"
"Depending on the Pipe"
"High Seas"
"High Seas"
"And So She Sang" by Elizabeth Etta
"And So She Sang" by Elizabeth Etta

Click here to listen to the album.

Risks and challenges

Moving the kiln should be fairly straightforward. I have done it before and know what it entails, so if this Kickstarter project is successful the kiln will be moved fairly quickly.
The risk is primarily in what comes after—that is, building Nesting Hawk Ranch and getting the community involved. This is the exciting part, though, and I know it will be a grand journey going forward.

I will keep backers informed of the progress, and I will also post updates on Instagram. Follow the project on @nestinghawkranch and #movingapotterskiln

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    Name inscription

    Your name inscribed in the firing chamber of the kiln. I will use red iron oxide which, once fired, will be cooked and set forever. Let me know exactly how you want your name written.

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    Elizabeth Etta's album "And So She Sang"

    My wife's solo EP. Her music is what you hear in the video. You can hear the songs on her EP on bandcamp.
    https://elizabethetta.bandcamp.com/album/and-so-she-sang

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    Baby bowl

    Two-inch versatile bowl. Think baby food, ring dish, dipping bowl, etc. Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. Please allow for design variation as each bowl will be one of a kind.

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    Cup

    Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. Please allow for design variation as each cup will be one of a kind.

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    Mug

    Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. Please allow for design variation as each mug will be one of a kind.

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    Serving bowl

    Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. The bowl will be around 11 inches in diameter. Please allow for design variation as each bowl will be one of a kind.

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    Cup, mug and serving bowl

    Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. Please allow for design variation as each set will be one of a kind.

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    Sake set

    One sake jar, four sake cups and one oak tray. Hand thrown and fired at cone 6. Dish washer and microwave safe. Please allow for design variation as each set will be one of a kind.

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    Pottery lesson

    Four hours of lessons on anything ceramic, scheduled at your convenience. You can take the lessons yourself or give it to someone as a gift. Please redeem this reward within one year.

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    Pit fire vase

    Pit fire is a technique that uses wood, kelp and sawdust to create natural and organic designs on the surface. For decoration only (NOT dish washer and microwave safe). The vase will be around 10 to 15 inches tall. Please allow for design variation as you never know what comes out of a pit firing.

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    Raku piece

    Raku is a Japanese technique of using smoke and temperature to create beautiful crackle and metallic sheen on the surface. For decoration only (NOT dish washer and microwave safe). The piece will be around 5" tall by 8" wide. Please allow for design variation as each piece will be one of a kind.

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    Lamp

    Hand-thrown and hand-carved lamp for indoor or outdoor use. The lamp will be around 28 inches tall. It will come with the lighting fixture. Please allow for design variation as each piece will be one of a kind. Watch my YouTube video on how I create lamps.
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    Depending on the Pipe

    One of the sculptures featured in the video.

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    High Seas

    One of the sculptures featured in the video.

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Funding period

- (30 days)