Hi, my name's Rubiee and I own Dryad Tea, a loose leaf tea company in Colorado. Just about two and a half years ago I started creating ceramic pieces to pair with my tea; mugs, trivets and more - Dryad Pottery.
My demand has gotten bigger than I can manage using a local studio, so I'm looking to make a studio of my own. I have the perfect space for a wheel and kiln already set out. I was able to purchase the wheel on my own, a stunning Skutt Classic that makes me happy. It's the same wheel that I would use at the studio. Your backing on my project will allow me a much shorter turn around time (less than the 8-10 weeks I'm at now!) because I will have full control of firing schedules and my time at both wheel and loading the kiln. I'll also have more time to create, as the space I was using had "classes" for 3 hours a week at a base price. I have dreams of creating some really awesome projects like a Spoon-a-day project (Can we say 365 days of spoons?).
What I still need:
A kiln (this is a giant oven used to bake the clay):
I've chosen an L&L kiln that has some really cool features, it fires to cone 10 (super hot), and has enough space that I can do the firings that I need. It also has features that save all the internal electric, meaning it will last me a very long time.
A means to fire the kiln:
The electrical needs to be updated in my house. The electrical panel in the house is too old and won't support a kiln, so we're updating the panel and (as is required) getting everything up to the new codes. The electrician is also going to have to run a 60amp line to my garage.
Supplies to make your rewards:
Clay is the first part of this. I prefer white B-mix clay with no grog (grog is small particles of sand, makes the clay rougher on the hands), usually from Laguna. I might be working with a new supplier for some white clay without grog.
Glaze: I've currently got a limited amount of paint-on glazes, I want to keep some of my favorite glaze combos from the space I was using, I will have to purchase these.
What you get:
Lots and lots of handmade pottery, from trivets, to trivets made from real leaves that hold spoons and tea bags, to hand held tea cups and mugs, to bowls. I'm really excited to make lots of amazing things for all of you!
Glaze choices are going to be pretty epic too. I'm going for a TARDIS blue, forest green, black, white, steampunk tan and Iron Luster. These glazes will allow me some really neat double dip effects on some of the pieces.
All of the pieces created from this Kickstarter will have a stamping in the bottom signifying that they were made for Kickstarter Backers from this project!
I've been asked: Stretch Goals!
$6800 - I can get a slab roller, this puppy will make my life a ton easier when it comes to making trivets and leaves. If we reach this stretch goal it means that trivets will be able to be shipped much quicker, and I might be able to offer other shapes!
$7200 - More glaze colors! - If we reach this amount I'll be able to purchase more glazes, maybe a purple or a red or a teal? I'll ask for opinions and will get as many as I can!
The Final Line:
I need your help. Running a business full time means that I don't have the money hanging around for a huge purchase like this, and saving up might take more than a year. I would rather cut my turn around time on pieces in half and have full control sooner as opposed to later. So I'm asking for your help. Please. Back my project if you can, share as much as you can. Tell EVERYONE!
Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing. If we don't reach 6k in $30 days no one gets charged and the project doesn't come to life.
Together we can make a Dryad Pottery home studio more than a dream.
Music in the video is by Mike Chino, you can find it here.
Risks and challenges
I have the ability to create pieces before the kiln is purchased, through the local studio. My only worry is the USPS' handling of the pieces. I will have to be super careful of how I pack them (I shall become a pottery packing Ninja!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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