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
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 include my ceramic works, pottery lessons and even an album by my beautiful wife 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 #movingapotterskilnLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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