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Simone Bodmer-TurnerBy Simone Bodmer-Turner
First created
Simone Bodmer-TurnerBy Simone Bodmer-Turner
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About

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Dear friends and strangers, 

Thank you for finding and taking time with this project of mine. My name is Simone Bodmer-Turner and I am a ceramic artist and sculptor working in Brooklyn, NY. I focus on handbuilt sculptural form, and have created a collection of functional vessels that I sell in retailers throughout New York City and the US, and am in talks with retailers in Tokyo, Paris,  Melbourne, and Antwerp. In addition to my functional Permanent Collection that I sell through retailers, in 2018 I showed conceptual collections and individual pieces in the Architectural Digest Design Show, New York Design Week, Paris Design Week and will be showing in Milan Design Week in 2019. I also make large scale sculptural work, the first iteration of which I showed in New York in September. I am in the process of building out a private studio space so that I can expand my production and refine my art practice, hire on an assistant, and take on the projects I have had to turn down because I have been working at the capacity of what I can make as one set of hands in a shared studio. I am asking for help from my community and the Kickstarter community to help me fund the initial buildout of the new space, the installment of the major equipment and tools, as well as to help cushion the increased costs of rent and hiring my first full-time studio assistant.

In the studio by Clement Pascal for Totokaelo Editorial
In the studio by Clement Pascal for Totokaelo Editorial

In the two years since returning to NY from a year and a half of travel and ceramic study, I have been completely humbled by the growing interest and demand for my work, and have been working at my fullest (and most exhausted) capacity to be able to accept the retail orders, private commissions, and design show invitations that have continued to come in. I have worked in several shared spaces in New York over the course of my six years here, run my own space while in a ceramics residency with a florist, and have moved into increasingly professionally focused spaces as my work has grown. After spending the last 9 months working at perhaps the pinnacle of shared studios for professional artists, sculptors, and ceramicists in New York City (shout out to Sculpture Space NYC), the amount of storage and kiln space I needed to fill my orders had surpassed what the space was able to accommodate easily. This serendipitously coincided with a studio mate being in the same boat with their craft and business, and with the blessing of our studio we began looking for a private space that could support both of our growing practices.

In the studio photographed by Clement Pascal for Totokaelo Editorial
In the studio photographed by Clement Pascal for Totokaelo Editorial
Photo of Permanent Collection by Connor Atkins of La Garconne opening 9.12.18
Photo of Permanent Collection by Connor Atkins of La Garconne opening 9.12.18
Small Cratered Tea Bowl from Feast of Flora photographed by Eric Herman
Small Cratered Tea Bowl from Feast of Flora photographed by Eric Herman
Permanent Collection going to Totokaelo
Permanent Collection going to Totokaelo
Single Stem with fragmites
Single Stem with fragmites

In October, we signed a lease on a gorgeous but very raw 1400 sq ft industrial space full of natural light and lots of potential in Brooklyn's Navy Yard neighborhood. This space will allow for ample room to store materials, in-progress and finished pieces and keep a stock of pieces available for studio visits. I will be able to run my own kilns on my own schedule to meet deadlines in an expedited fashion, and hire on an assistant to manage loading kilns, packaging, shipping orders and mixing glazes in order to give myself more time to make and design.  Anyone who knows me personally knows that the other thing I love as much as working with clay is gathering and feeding friends and strangers. I am excited to finally have the space to host visiting artists series, handbuilding, sculpture, and ceramic-design-for-floral-arranging workshops that are full of big family style lunches, dinners and good natural wine.

Bridge Handled Vessel photographed by Jenna Saraco for Either And FW18 Editorial
Bridge Handled Vessel photographed by Jenna Saraco for Either And FW18 Editorial
Sculptural Pieces for La Garconne shot by Yudi Ela, September 2018
Sculptural Pieces for La Garconne shot by Yudi Ela, September 2018

I write to you now from Japan, where been accepted to a residency over a year ago that began right in the midst of building out the space. Travel and creative study has been so fundamental to my work and inspiration, and after a summer of feeling like a human factory, without the ability to take on an assistant, or have a breather between finishing commissions, I felt committed to coming to the residency. Back in the city, we are in the process of installing two large electric kilns, the ventilation system and electrical hook up to handle them, a slab roller, a spray booth, building and wedging tables, clay recycling systems, sinks, and shelving and storage units, along with all the studio furniture and tools for group workshops. All will be up and running by mid November, and the goal of this Kickstarter is to support my portion of the buildout and equipment, as well as helping me transition into an increased rent and support of a studio assistant. The detailed costs associated with the securing of this space and the initial buildout are below.

COSTS:

  • Rent - downpayment of $2300/month for 4 months and security -  $11,500
  • Full Time Studio Assistant - $600/week for 2 months - $4800
  • Oval Kiln + Kiln furniture- $6548
  • Smal Kiln + Kiln Furniture- $4700
  • Plug for Kilns - $8000 (!!)
  • Spray Booth - $1517
  • Slab Roller - $1295
  • Custom Handbuilding Table - $400
  • Wedging Table - $300
  • Shelving - $1743
  • Sink + Faucet - $952
  • Clay Drainage System for Sink + Installation - $167
  • Overhead and Table Lighting - $664
  • Initial investment of Clay and Dry Materials - $750
  • Clay Molds for Large Scale Orders - $1800
  • Miscellaneous Studio Furniture (stools, low boy, tables for kitchen and other storage containers, wholesale packaging order) - $3000 approx
  • Miscellaneous tools (banding wheels for workshops, sponges, basic tool sets) - $2000 approx 

TOTAL : $50,136

As you can see, the initial buildout is just over $50,000, bringing my portion of the investment to $25,000 to keep it simple.

This is where you come in! 

I have put together a collection of rewards to give supporters many different ways of participating regardless of budget, space, or even a desire to own a piece of mine (I see you, curmudgeonly but loving Uncle). My hope that if you know my work and have been intending on investing in a piece, that this Kickstarter will serve as the impetus for that. If you are more interested in the experiential side, and I am over the moon to delve into this arena with my community, there are many different options for private, group, and focused handbuilding and sculptural workshops. If you're of the interior design mind, and have wanted to collaborate on a custom piece for yourself or a client, there are some really accessible options in there as well. I am also keen to share the beauty and tradition of this area of the Japanese countryside that has come to mean so much to me, and have included a few rewards for those that feel as moved by the possibility of travel for the purpose of creative exploration and revival as I do. So please take your time looking through the rewards and decide what resonates most with you !

Important Notes on How Kickstarter Works:

Each and every dollar you pledge goes to making this project a reality. Please note: Kickstarter is all-or-nothing so I will only be backed if I am 100% funded. Additionally, no pledge rewards will be given if I am not fully successful.

If you know you'd like to pledge, the sooner the better. Early traffic and funding of a Kickstarter puts the project on the map for the folks at Kickstarter to promote it within their community and have it take on a life of its own (wouldn't that be wonderful?). 

Last but not least, if you're wondering if I'm a real person or just a money swindling robot:

Stocklists: 

Totokaelo, La Garçonne, The Primary Essentials, Mociun, Shop Boswell, The Great Eros, Viola Lovely

if the link didn't direct you to my work, the store is either a new account that hasn't photographed and listed my work online yet (Mociun), or is only available in-store (The Great Eros) or by appointment (Viola Lovely). All stocklist information consolidated here.

Press:

Totokaelo: Interview with Artist Simone Bodmer-Turner

The Primary Essentials : Simone Bodmer-Turner Artist Profile

La Garçonne : Expanding on Sculpture

Bryyg Magazine : Vessels of Humble Mud

Ignant : Simone Bodmer-Turner Offers a Return to Earth

Vogue : Tea Ceremonies and Kiln Firings: A Ceramicist Learns an Ancient Craft in the Mountains of Japan

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Looking forward to connecting with so many more of you than I would have otherwise, and sharing this space with you. 

With gratitude,

Simone

UPDATES FROM ANAGAMA:

Small Sake Cups from the Japanese Anagama Kiln
Small Sake Cups from the Japanese Anagama Kiln
Tea Cups from the Anagama Kiln
Tea Cups from the Anagama Kiln
Chawan from the Anagama
Chawan from the Anagama
Chawan from the Anagama
Chawan from the Anagama
Moon Jar Vessel from the Anagama
Moon Jar Vessel from the Anagama

Risks and challenges

Given a successful campaign, I plan on hitting the ground running and returning to a fully built out studio (thanks to this studio partner of mine and his team of dedicated and skilled builders and friends) and be able to pay him back in full for my portion of the expenses and get to work on my commissions and rewards for you lovely people.

To be completely transparent, without the funding of this Kickstarter I will not be able to front the initial payments on this private space without taking out a small business loan. This will take time and turn my focus away from creative work. This may also set me back significantly in being able to deliver the commissions I have accepted, but not yet been paid for. I will reiterate that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing campaign, so if the $25,000 campaign is not fully funded, you will get your money back and I will not receive any of it. This also means that no rewards will be given if it is not 100% funded.

I have given myself a large window with staggered deadlines to be able to plan, make, and deliver the rewards that I have offered. Group workshops (1 Day Handbuilding Workshop, Weekend Long Immersive Workshop, and Form and Floral Workshop) will work best for pledgers who either live in New York and/or have flexible schedules. I will do my utmost to accommodate every single pledger's schedule, and as mentioned in the reward, I will be writing to you before the workshops are shared with the public to coordinate with your availability. At some point I will have to commit to dates that work for the majority of the party, and if for some reason you are not able to make the workshop, I am more than happy to accommodate you otherwise with a private workshop, free inclusion in another workshop you might be interested in, or the trade of a vessel.

As I hope that I have communicated to you though this campaign, and I imagine the reason many of you are drawn to this project, every piece is made by hand and is varied and nuanced. No piece that is received as a reward will be exactly the same as another, and that is the beauty of this work.

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    Thank you postcard

    I'm so appreciative of your donation, and you are going to get a handwritten note to say so.

    * If you donate before November 15th, your note will arrive on a postcard found in Japan and be mailed from here, with all of the beautiful postage to boot.

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    Tea Bowl, large

    A full sized tea bowl, functional for drinking matcha or for display. Cratered exterior, smooth satin glazed interior. This piece is inspired by my time in Japan, and the tea bowls I made while I was there.

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    1 Day Handbuilding Workshop

    As a group, we will have a full day of talking about inspiration and methodology while we build and work through forms that are exciting to the individual attendee. Though we will be working in a group, you will get individual attention and assistance in building. There will be a healthy lunch provided with a bounty of beautiful options prepared by a local chef friend.

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    Onishi Tea Bowls from the Anagama

    New rewards that came out of the Anagama kiln in Japan. 2 Tea bowls, or Chawans, for matcha, display, or for putting a frog with stems. Shigaraki clay, shino glaze, iron oxide marks, and ash from the woodfire.

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    The Single Stem, large

    The Single Stem, designed for the flower picked on a morning walk, or the one orchid you can afford from the flower market. Approx 16" tall.

    * the Large Single Stem retails for $425

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    Weekend Long Immersive Workshop

    Over the course of one weekend (two full days), we will dive into handbuilding, form, and inspiration. Each attendee will get individual attention to talk through and tactically work through the forms they are interested in creating. Work days will be broken up by beautiful family style meals. Dinner will also be provided on Saturday evening with a selection of natural wine, following the first day of work. Pieces will be fired and glazed for you with the glaze you select, and available for pickup or shipping when finished.

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    Form and Floral Workshop

    I'm lucky to have a handful of incredible florists as dear friends, and we will be collaborating to bring you a pair of Saturday workshops on designing form for floral arrangements, followed by a second Saturday of arranging. The first weekend will be about building, and you will learn to make a vessel for the type of arrangement that inspires you. During the in-between week we will fire and glaze your piece for you with your selected glaze, and we will all reconvene the following Saturday to have a day of arranging with an inspiring New York florist.

    Healthy lunches with many beautiful options provided both workshop days by chef friends.

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    Custom Vessel / Sculpture, smaller scale

    We will work together on designing a custom vessel or sculptural piece for your space based on work of mine that you've gravitated towards. We can combine elements of different pieces, and experiment with whatever surface is most exciting to you.

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    Vessel Pair from Permanent Collection

    The Permanent Collection is a set of six nuetrally-hued sculptural vessels inspired by an amalgamation of ancient water vessels and mid century lighting form. They are intended for minimal floral design or purely as sculpture. Choose a pair from the collection : Small Single Stem, Large Single Stem, Aortic Vessel, Parisian Vessel, and Parisian Saucer Vessel.

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    Peruvian Stirrup Vessel

    Perhaps the most recognizable large scale form I make, and the original inspiration for the Single Stem, the Peruvian Stirrup Vessel is available exclusively through this campaign at a discounted price. The piece is inspired by a stirrup vessel of the Andean people who originally used a similar painted form to carry water.

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    Bridge Handled Vessel

    The Bridge Handled Vessel is pictured in the initial stage of building in my Kickstarter video. This piece is new to the family of vessels, but is a form that makes me feel a lot of things and has been getting much interest and press since I introduced it for Paris Design Week in September.

    * The Bridge Handled Vessel retails for $1195

    * Bridge Handled Vessel is pictured to the left, photographed by Jenna Saraco for Either And FW18.

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    Vessel Trio from Permanent Collection

    The Permanent Collection is a set of six nuetrally-hued sculptural vessels inspired by an amalgamation of ancient water vessels and mid century lighting form. They are intended for minimal floral design or purely as sculpture. Choose a trio from the collection : Small Single Stem, Large Single Stem, Aortic Vessel, Parisian Vessel, and Parisian Saucer Vessel.

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    Custom Vessel / Sculpture, larger scale

    We will work together on designing a custom vessel or sculptural piece for your space. I will do a site visit to your home to take measurements and talk through what you're envisioning in person. Based on the dimensions of the space, and the design we collaborate on together, I will create a custom piece for you in the studio you have been foundational in building.

    * "larger" means approximately within 2 cubic feet.

    * In-person site visits are limited to the US. If you are outside New York City, we will coordinate how to either do a site visit when I am next in your city, or do a virtual site visit.

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    Salt Dish + Spoon

    One handmade salt dish and spoon set, and a little bag of my favorite rustic salt. Finished with my matte white glaze, and tea stained for added texture.

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    Kawai Kanjiro Book of Poetry

    Kawai Kanjiro was a potter and poet who built his studio in Kyoto in the 1920's and was a leader in the folk craft movement alongside potters like Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach . I visit his home, studio, and kilns every time I am in Kyoto, and keep coming back to a small book, "We Do Not Work Alone," of his poetry and essays about his mentality around working with clay.

    The book is impossible to find anywhere else, so I have purchased 10 of them to offer through this Kickstarter to share his thoughts with you.

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    Onishi Sake Cups from the Anagama

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    Japanese Flea Market Treasures : Textile

    Every Sunday in residency in Japan I hop on my bike and ride 45 minutes through edamame and soybean fields to the Flea Market in Kamikawa-machi. The market is a source of everything from handprinted indigo textiles, very old ceramic pieces, all the rusty tools and knives you could imagine, and some really funky vintage.

    I spent my first year of creative travel and study focused on natural dye, traditional weaving and printing methods, and traditional garments. This medium is still very important and moving to me, and I spend much time at the markets running my hands over all the beautiful indigo textiles, boro blankets, and traditional clothing passed down through generations. In return for selecting this reward, I will be gathering pieces of these beautiful textiles for you, focusing on indigo and persimmon dyed fabric and traditional printing and stitching methods.

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    Japanese Hand Broom from Kyoto

    Beautiful Japanese hand brooms with wooden handles and black stitching, found in Kyoto. Perfect for sweeping clay and flower scraps off work tables, or for tidying up small spaces. A little over 11 inches tall.

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    Japanese Flea Market Treasures : Knife

    Every Sunday in residency in Japan I hop on my bike and ride 45 minutes through edamame and soybean fields to the Flea Market in Kamikawa-machi. The market is a source of everything from handprinted indigo textiles, very old ceramic pieces, all the rusty tools and knives you could imagine, and some really funky vintage.

    Our Japanese farmer neighbor taught me how to tell the potential of a knife, and I've been rummaging through boxes of them to find the ones in best condition. I then take them to a friend of the farmer, who runs a little sushi restaurant by the market, and his son cleans and sharpens them on a wet stone to pick up the following week. I have hand selected 5 of these knives from the market, and Susamu's son sharpen them for you.

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    Japanese Flea Market Treasures : Textile

    **Textiles round two. Larger pieces available with this pledge. If you'd like larger piece, please select this option.

    Every Sunday in residency in Japan I hop on my bike and ride 45 minutes through edamame and soybean fields to the Flea Market in Kamikawa-machi. The market is a source of everything from handprinted indigo textiles, very old ceramic pieces, all the rusty tools and knives you could imagine, and some really funky vintage.

    I spent my first year of creative travel and study focused on natural dye, traditional weaving and printing methods, and traditional garments. This medium is still very important and moving to me, and I spend much time at the markets running my hands over all the beautiful indigo textiles, boro blankets, and traditional clothing passed down through generations. In return for selecting this reward, I will be gathering pieces of these beautiful textiles for you, focusing on indigo and persimmon dyed fabric and traditional printing and stitching methods.

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    Flea Market Treasures - Ikebana Clippers

    Flea Market Cont: Every Sunday in residency in Japan I hop on my bike and ride 45 minutes through edamame and soybean fields to the Flea Market in Kamikawa-machi. The market is a source of everything from handprinted indigo textiles, very old ceramic pieces, all the rusty tools and knives you could imagine, and some really funky vintage.

    **After depleting my knife guy's supply, we got into talking about tools and flower arranging, and he showed up the following weekend with 5 beautiful Japanese clippers - I use this type of clippers for all manner of flower snipping : woods walking, making arrangements etc. I find them to be the most versatile and strong, and can easily fit in a pocket. Excited to be able to share these with you, they are in such good shape - super sharp !

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    Japanese Flea Market Treasures : Knife

    **Knives, round two. Found three more beauties, but they are onto me and charging more for the larger ones.

    Every Sunday in residency in Japan I hop on my bike and ride 45 minutes through edamame and soybean fields to the Flea Market in Kamikawa-machi. The market is a source of everything from handprinted indigo textiles, very old ceramic pieces, all the rusty tools and knives you could imagine, and some really funky vintage.

    Our Japanese farmer neighbor taught me how to tell the potential of a knife, and I've been rummaging through boxes of them to find the ones in best condition. I then take them to a friend of the farmer, who runs a little sushi restaurant by the market, and his son cleans and sharpens them on a wet stone to pick up the following week. I have hand selected 5 of these knives from the market, and Susamu's son sharpen them for you.

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    Tea Bowl, small

    A small cratered tea bowl perfect for a jewelry or small frog with a stem or two. This tea bowl is a recreation of a piece I made for the launch of Cara Marie Piazza's line of naturally dyed garments for a sensorial dinner, Feast of Flora, with chef Elisa De Prato. The tea bowl form is a reflection of the time I spend in Japan making similar forms inspired by the tea ceremony.

    Apologies for the clunky link:
    http://www.simonebodmerturner.com/feast-of-flora/2017/10/5/q1l6p6z5r7qp48u8bpl9e77lox3o8p

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    Onishi Cups from the Anagama

    New rewards that came out of the Anagama kiln in Japan. 2 cups for perfect for tea or coffee. Shigaraki clay, shino glaze, iron oxide marks, and ash from the woodfire.

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    Single Stem, small

    The Single Stem, designed for the flower picked on a morning walk, or the one orchid you can afford from the flower market. Approx 12" tall.

    * the Small Single Stem retails for $325

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    Private Handbuilding Class

    Have you ever wanted a private class to perfect your own handbuilding techniques, or even start from scratch? We will cover the basics of coiling, slabbing, and pinching, or delve deeper into whatever forms you'd like to explore. Depending on your schedule, we can do a full day of working together, or split up the session into two shorter days. Whatever is easiest for you, that allows you to cover everything you'd like to. We will fire and glaze your piece for you and have it ready for pickup / shipping.

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    Onishi Moon Jar from the Anagama

    This vessel, reminiscent of simple and elegant form the Japanese and Korean Moon Jar, sat in the fire box - or the very front of the kiln where the wood was loaded into, rather than further back on the shelves. Ash and wood particles piled on top of it, giving it an incredible textured surface that varies across the belly of the piece. I rarely get to utilize the ash of a woodfired kiln, but when I am able to fire an anagama I try go get at least one piece in the fire box to leave the marks of the wildness of the flame evident on the surface.

    I am only able to make one piece like this every 1-2 years, so this moon jar is very special and rare.

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