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Help Rubiee of Dryad Tea set up an in house studio for pottery and mug making!
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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?).

My new wheel
My new wheel

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.

This is the Kiln I'm looking to get
This is the Kiln I'm looking to get

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!

Some of my previous work
Some of my previous work

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!

Trivets and Leaves
Trivets and Leaves

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!).

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    My eternal gratitude! And a thank you on facebook.

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    A handwritten thank you card possibly with fun Dryad Tea or Dryad Pottery themed bumper stickers included.

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    A fun trivet for holding your spoons, tea bags, rings and more!

    Color options will be offered, or the option of a creator-chosen random color may be chosen by the backer.

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    A fun melted glass-filled trivet for holding your spoons, tea bags, rings and more! These trivets will have glass in the center as an extra touch.

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    A leaf shaped trivet (4-8 inch). Great to use as spoon rests and to hold change and jewelry. Leaf styles will be offered.

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    A leaf shaped trivet (8-14 inch). Great to use as spoon rests and to hold change and jewelry. Leaf styles will be offered.

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    A small bowl thrown on the wheel using 1 pound of clay. Perfect size for snacks and knick knacks.

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    You've asked for it! We listened! TEA!

    Dryad Tea is still a tea company, and we're offering a grab bag of 5 teas (sample sizes, (3) 8oz cups each)!
    These will be randomly chosen from our current grab bags, any teas are possible!

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    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay. The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.

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    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay, this mug will have a handmade "tag" on it that can say almost anything! The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.

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    SABERLIN'S LEVEL (You do not have to be Saberlin to choose this level):

    One Leaf Trivet (any size)
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    Grab bag of 5 teas (sample sizes, (3) 8oz cups each)!
    These will be randomly chosen from our current grab bags, any teas are possible!

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    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay, this mug will have a handmade "tag" on it that can say almost anything! The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
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    A trivet (all options offered).

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    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay, this mug will have a handmade "tag" on it that can say almost anything! The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
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    A leaf shaped trivet (all size options). Great to use as spoon rests and to hold change and jewelry. Leaf styles will be offered.

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    Two hand thrown mugs using 1.5 pounds of clay. They will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    No custom tag.

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    RYANJAMES' LEVEL (You do not have to be Ryan James to choose this level)

    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay. The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid. (Can be made with or without tag.)
    AND
    Grab bag of 5 teas (sample sizes, (3) 8oz cups each)!
    These will be randomly chosen from our current grab bags, any teas are possible!

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    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay, The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    Tag is optional - it that can say almost anything!
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    A trivet (all options offered).
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    A leaf trivet, your choice on size.

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    DUSTY'S LEVEL (You do not have to be Dusty to choose this level):

    One Leaf Trivet (any size)
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    A small bowl thrown on the wheel using 1 pound of clay. Perfect size for snacks and knick knacks.
    AND
    Grab bag of 5 teas (sample sizes, (3) 8oz cups each)!
    These will be randomly chosen from our current grab bags, any teas are possible!

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    Two hand thrown mugs using 1.5 pounds of clay. They will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    With custom tags.

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    Two hand thrown mugs using 1.5 pounds of clay. They will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    With custom tags.
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    Two Trivets, any color, any style.

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    Two hand thrown mugs using 1.5 pounds of clay. They will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    With custom tags.
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    A small bowl thrown on the wheel using 1 pound of clay. Perfect size for snacks and knick knacks.

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    Come spend 3 hours with me in my studio, we can play with clay and I can teach you some of the basics of throwing or hand building, your choice!
    (You are responsible for travel, I will fire your pieces and give you glazing options, then I will mail your completed pieces to you. We will have to work out time/date etc. For anyone with pet allergies- I have 3 dogs)

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    Come spend a full 6 hour day with me in my studio, we can play with clay and I can teach you some of the basics of throwing or hand building, your choice! I'll also take you to lunch.
    (You are responsible for travel, I will fire your pieces and give you glazing options, then I will mail your completed pieces to you. We will have to work out time/date etc. For anyone with pet allergies- I have 3 dogs)

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    Billy's Level. Please do not choose this unless you are Billy!!!

    A hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay, this mug will have a handmade "tag" on it that can say almost anything! The mug will hold at least 14oz of liquid.

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    One hand thrown mug using 1.5 pounds of clay. It will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    With custom tag.
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    One Trivet, any color, any style.
    AND
    1 Grab Bag of Dryad Tea Loose leaf teas
    (5 teas), tea infuser with a limited edition charm, and a "perfect cup of tea" spoon.

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    TONI'S LEVEL (Please do not pledge this reward unless you are Toni).
    Three hand thrown mugs using 1.5 pounds of clay. They will hold at least 14oz of liquid.
    With custom tags.
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    A small bowl thrown on the wheel using 1 pound of clay. Perfect size for snacks and knick knacks.

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