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Ceramics by Philip N Wilks at Studiopottery.co.uk

Philip N Wilks

Ceramics by Mary Kershaw at Studiopottery.co.uk

Mary Kershaw

Upcoming events

Art in the Pen 2018 (Thirsk) at Art in the Pen (Thirsk) 21st - 22nd July 2018 Mark Smith will be showing new work
Anglian Potters Summer Exhibition at Emmanuel College 11th - 26th August 2018 Over 60 potters showing their wares in an amazing setting -in the old library - do come and see us during the show. 
Potfest in the Pens at Potfest in the Pens - Penrith 3rd - 5th August 2018 The only unselected show in the UK giving an opportunity to see the work of the well established alongside the next generation. Around 170 potters will be taking part in this, the oldest potters' market in the UK
Art in the Pens 2018 - Skipton at Art in the Pen (Skipton) 11th - 12th August 2018 Wide range of work with ceramics by Alvin Irving and others

Recently added Courses

Regular Pottery Courses by Suleyman Saba - 29th January to 31st December, 2018
Students will learn about preparing clay and different techniques of ceramics from pinch pots and coiled pottery, to slab building and throwing. Students are also guided on aspects of decoration and glazing. 
Lindy Barletta weekday Courses in East Sheen - 1st January to 31st December, 2018
Studio Pottery Making techniques: A terms course covers a project in each - pinching, coiling, slab building and throwing.

Kickstarter crowdfunding project.

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An article a year ago highlighted the possibilities of Crowdfunding and we thought you might be interested in this follow up on the subject: Richard Baxter’s report on how it went is shown below:

“In early 2015 my old electric kiln died. I had bought it new in 1981 when I set up my first studio upon graduation. It was 12cu feet oval and cheap. Over the years I must have fired it many hundreds of times and changed the elements, added a controller etc to keep it going. 33 years of hard work and it could no longer reach even a good bisque temperature. I looked at replacements and decided that I wanted a good quality kiln that would last another 33 years (hopefully) which would take me up to the age of 88 (again, hopefully). The one recommended by my kiln engineer Roger Watts of Clay Cellar in Kent was from Kittec, and a bit over £4000. I couldn’t suddenly find this amount of money, but stumbled upon two helpful solutions.

1.  My local council business officer let me know that government money was available for things that helped to sustain employment, and whilst I don’t employ anyone, it was still going to keep me in business. I ticked all their boxes and got 30% of the cost of my kiln so long as the cost without VAT was over £3000. This actually meant buying a more expensive and highter spec kiln than I would have considered otherwise.

2.  The second source was to look at crowdfunding via Kickstarter. In a time when public/ charitable funding is hard, almost impossible to obtain, ‘crowdfunding’ is a possibility to be considered.

Kickstarter works by you setting up a ‘project’ with aims and objectives that can be seen to be achieved within a certain time.

- My project: was for a new kiln to develop new glazes, and in return those pledging funds would receive some of the first fruits of this new kiln. The snag is that if you set the amount you want to raise too high and not enough pledges are made, you get nothing.

- How Much: So I decided on trying to raise a third of the kiln price, leaving me to find the final third out of savings that I could afford. I set up the project, then announced it on my social media platforms- Facebook, Twitter and asked people to share it far and wide. I am always putting pictures of latest work online and have built up a full compliment of 5000 Facebook ‘friends’ and this is where the vast majority of my pledges came from.

- Timescale: I set the project to last 4 weeks

- Results: within a very few days had reached my £1500 target. It didn’t stop there….you can carry on getting pledges until the finish date arrives, by which time I had got 150% of my target at £2250! Built into this amount was Kickstarter’s commission of 5% plus another 2-3% for card transaction fees, and also I allowed for the cost of posting out the finished pots as far as the USA and Australia.

- Completion: The kiln arrived in early April, then I did a good batch of 30 something new glaze tests, several of which are now in use as new colours, and eventually my pledgers have now got their bowls and sent me emails saying how much they like them. I had 78 items to make and deliver- but in a way this was like having orders for pots, bought in advance.

- Conclusion: It was a win-win thing to do, and I recommend other makers going down this route. For people who already like your work it is knocking at an open door. I have a shiny new kiln and hopefully a rosy next few years production.

Have a look at Richard’s project

There are costs, kickstarter have 5% admin, there is a credit card charge of a few per cent etc, but if you are looking for some funding for a new project to develop new work, this seems a good approach”

Visit Richard Baxter’s  website: www.richardbaxter.com
His latest work can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/9597063@N02/

This was very successful for Richard and shows the merit of a) considering carefully the amount requested and b) building up a wide circle of ‘friends’ on social media. 


Posted on April 15 2016 under News for Makers.