Hello to all my loyal blog readers. If you've been keeping tabs then you know that I'm in the process of tearing down my wood kiln and replacing it with a new kiln. 2013 was not a stellar year for the pottery business so I've decided to try an alternative method of funding for the kiln. My initial plan was to try a "buy a brick" program that a few other potters have used with success, but not having the web skills to set that up left me seeking other options. I have chosen to go with Kickstarter, they have a proven track record as well as a great format that's easy to use for computer illiterate folks like myself. If you're not familiar with kickstarter, the basic idea is that you contribute and in return for your contribution you receive a "reward". In this case you receive a certain piece or pieces of pottery depending on your contribution. The kickstarter format is all or nothing. So if the funding goal is not reached then the project is considered unsuccessful and the backers aren't charged. So that's it in a nutshell. There is a short video and a lot information about the project on the site so I won't go into it here, the video is also at the end of this post. My project can be seen by clicking here.
To make it an incentive the pieces you receive for your contribution are
below retail and shipping costs. The pieces will be shipped out after
the kiln is up and running, but if you're local or catching me at a
show, you are more than welcome to come by the shop and pick out your
pot(s). I also will be more than happy to send pictures of pieces for
you to choose from.
As an added long-term bonus I intend to write an article about my burners with full disclosure about their construction and operation. Open-source kiln firing, if you will.
Well, that's all I have for now. If you have any question/concerns about kickstarter, my project, the rewards, the universe, etc. I will be more than happy to answer them.