About this project
That's right friends, we are super close to becoming the most funded pottery Kickstarter ever!!! To see the Campaign through the final stretch, we've added the Little Llama (because Llamas are cute and competitive) and the Wish Dish (because y'all are making our wish come true).
STRETCH GOAL & NEW REWARDS!
We are oh-so-happily adding stretch goals to help us get our pots from Point A (the studio) to Point B (the kiln) to Point C (your paws). Any support above our initial goal will improve our firing process substantially. Here’s how:
Getting from Point A to B is a steep drop, literally. To hop this, we need a landing and stairs. Pot migration research has proven over and over that safely cradling unfired pots down stable staircases is far more effective than tumbling down hills and rolling over them 3-4 times.
Once she’s loaded and ready for flame, we’ve gotta’ have something to burn. And we need a lot of it. We’re going to be doing wood preparation (sawing, splitting, stacking) for a long time to come, and purchasing the right equipment for this work will have a lasting impact on our bodies and your pots.
Next stop: Point C. Let’s get these pots where they belong.
What are we doing?
We are three potters in Western North Carolina trying our darnedest to get our studio up and running. We’ve spent the last year building and equipping our work space. We have all the essentials ready to go except one sorta’ important piece: our kiln. We are launching this Campaign to see us through to the home stretch of having a fully functional studio, and we’re asking for your help to get there. With your donations, we will be able to fund our kiln and kiln shed project.
Why do we need a kiln?
To a potter, a kiln is essential. Working with clay is a constant collaboration with the earth’s elements—earth, water and fire. A kiln makes this last piece possible. We give our pots all we have and then hand them over to the kiln to work out the rest.
We rely on our kiln more than any other single piece in the making process. For our pots, it’s responsible for capturing the work of the flame on our vessels and sealing them up nice and tight for your use. For us, it’s responsible for teaching us about letting go and embracing all the joy that’s tucked into possibility, fulfilled intention, or a good scar story from a burn or two.
What type of kiln are we building?
Our kiln will be fueled by wood and gas, and we’ll be firing it with salt and soda. A full firing will take somewhere between 8-14 hours, depending on how we fire it. We chose this type of kiln not only because of the distinct atmospheric effects it creates on the pottery, but also because of the community collaboration it facilitates. Together, we’ll be sharing the load of chopping wood and stoking the fire for our kiln loads, and we’ll also be able to offer kiln shares to area potters and hold firing workshops with some of the best potters around.
When will we do it?
With the successful completion of this Kickstarter campaign, we will start the kiln/kiln shed building this fall. Our first job is to get the land graded, gravel spread and concrete slab poured, which we hope to have well underway by early October. Once that’s all set, we’ll raise the 16 x 24 kiln shed and start building our kiln in November. Our hearts are set on going into 2016 with this mama finished and fired.
Why are we asking for your help?
We are in awe of all the doors that have opened in a few short years to make our dream possible. Where we are now is a constant reminder that the places we’ve been and the people we’ve known resonate through all that we do, all that we create, and every next step along our way.
You are a wild and wonderful bunch. You influence us. You inspire us. And a great many of you have taught us the importance of reaching out, being open to leaning on others and willing to ask, “Can you help?”
We’re starting to catch on.
We invite you to become a Mudhomie by making a gift of support. We hope you will. And as a token of our gratitude, here's what we promise in return...
What do you get?
We have ‘thank you’s’ and handmade perks for every donation. We’re not outsourcing a thing. We’ll be creating, designing and making every Campaign reward. This part’s important to us, because our work is a tribute to you—our pots are born to be at home in your hands, on your shelves, and throughout your daily rituals.
Below are examples of the kinds of rewards you will recieve:
Where’s all that money go?
We’ve priced out the project from start to finish, including the costs associated with pulling off a successful Campaign—Kickstarter fees, transaction fees, and materials for rewards.
How did we get here?
A couple of years ago, we found each other and, shortly after, cooked up the idea of building a very simple studio together as a home for creating our work as potters. What has happened since is so much more.
Last summer, we broke ground on Mudhoneyz Studio. With the help of some of the finest, hardest working, most generous and beloved friends in all the land, we built our studio from the ground up. It's been some of the most grueling work any of us have ever done—but from blood, sweat and panic attacks comes the sweetest fruit, most gut wrenching laughter, and unbelievably humbling reality of what happens when you hitch your dreams together and go all in.
It’s been a pretty sweet ride, and we invite you to join us for this next big stretch!
Risks and challenges
As we’ve learned quite well during our debut construction year, even the best planned building projects have unexpected costs and time setbacks. Luckily, we have a pretty solid resume for working within a tight budget and doable timeline.
We’ve put together a project budget that is grounded in estimates for the labor and materials we need. That said, we’re mindful that there will likely be unexpected expenses which pop up for us to troubleshoot. When they do, we can assure you that we will figure it out. We scavenged and scraped, and squeezed the life out of every penny we could to make our studio possible. We are stewards of our resources and will bring no less to this project.
We also anticipate potential production delays at various points in the build. We’ll be recipients of a lot of donated labor to help us along, which means we’ll (gratefully) be coordinating and juggling many busy schedules throughout the project. Additionally, we have our blueprint ready, but based on our kiln building experience, we anticipate having to pause and tweak our plan at different points. We are a flexible, determined bunch—we will readjust our timeline as needed and keep pushing forward.
(There is also the remote chance that one of us will be eaten by a family of black bears. While we do not anticipate this challenge, we recognize that no one ever does. To be safe, we keep a can of bear mace on hand. Additionally, 3 of 3 of us have life insurance plans, which ensures the completion of the kiln in the event that we end up down a Honey.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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