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Grow with Plant + Vessel: a Kiln and Garden Fund

I'm a mom, potter, and 2021 Floret Farm recipient. This fund will operate a home studio during COVID, and future creative outreach.

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Campaign Ends on March 28, 2021

Project Description

 

 

Hi iFundwomen!  My name is Traci, and I'm the potter and budding horticulturalist behind Plant + Vessel.  Plant + Vessel is a collection of studio pottery and plants designed to enhance a space in your home.  I am raising funds for a kiln and cutting garden in response to COVID adjustments.  Your contribution will elevate my practice to a professional studio that will generate income as I work from home.

 

The base goal of $12,000 will be used to acquire:

 

$3600 Ceramics kiln (UPDATE: thanks to the support of many, I installed the kiln 12/20!)
$2400 DIY greenhouse
$1200 Cutting garden supplies
$900 A literal ton of clay
$1200 Materials and supplies for signature glazes
$2700 first 3 months cash flow for business expenses

 

 

 

COVID has affected how I make pottery.  I moved my place of residence and pottery work to improve my daughter's virtual school experience, and travel 80-100 miles per kiln load.  I'm grateful for the accommodations each studio has made to help me complete orders, but if a piece doesn't fit into the fire, it's pending for the next 2-3 weeks.  If I want to expedite and fire at another studio, the cost is $60-75 per load.  A home kiln costs approximately $5 in electricity per fire, which will save in time spent traveling and overhead costs.

UPDATE: THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF MANY, I INSTALLED MY KILN 12/20.  THIS IS A RELIEF AND JOY AS A POTTER TO HAVE ACCESS TO A CRUCIAL ELEMENT.  THANK YOU!

 

This system has been especially hard on me as my move resulted in a shoulder injury.  I push past the pain as I haul 8 or more totes of pottery at a time.  It would be a relief to open my garage door and fire on my schedule.  There are times when I'm working until midnight, and to be able to complete retail and wholesale orders on my timeframe will create more opportunities to provide for my daughter.

 

Having an onsite kiln and glaze station will give me the chance to create signature glazes for Plant + Vessel.  I love the chemistry and will share recipes and steps for aspiring potters.

When I completed my certification in floral design in 2019, I knew I wanted to start a cutting garden to add the "plant" to the "vessel".   I didn't know where to start, but was blown away by the flowers Erin at Floret Farm grows.  I applied for their 2021 farming scholarship, and am honored to be a recipient. 

This program teaches the business of growing and plants and flowers, which will complete Plant + Vessel's line.  We were tasked to provide community outreach while enrolled in the program and my give will be to go back to my roots at Imagine Art, a studio for artists with special needs, and provide a pilot program in 2021 that teaches how to make planters, and grow a flower garden.

 

The response to Black Lives Matters propelled my work from a passion project to a Proof of Concept, and I've reconnected with BIG Austin, a nonprofit that coaches aspiring entrepreneurs.  The funds I raise will be used to establish a home studio and launch pilot programs, which will lay the foundation for a 2022 brick and mortar.  

 

 

 

 

S - T - R- E - T - C - H   G - O - A - L - S 

When COVID permits, I will reach out to those who have inquired about positions at Plant + Vessel and offer a part-time position at a living wage.  Our community outreach will include participating in markets and providing workshops to the community.  The stretch funds will be applied towards:

$2600 Floral Cooler

$1800 First 120 hours at $15 pay for studio assistant (position approx. 10 hrs per week)

$1200 First 3 monthly workshops for 4 attendants 

$800 Market displays

$400 Vendor Application fees

*SUPER BONUS* $2100 Purchasing a Brent pottery wheel

 

I catalogued techniques students asked me during my 2018 artist residency at the Dougherty Arts Center, and began developing online pottery courses.  These courses are timely as we're quarantining and can be used as a precursor for those planning to attend in-person classes in 2021.  I love the art and science behind ceramics, and loved that my Independent Study students called me "The Chemist".    These comprehensive courses will explain the "why" behind the "how" for beginners and advanced students.

Your contribution--at any price--will earn you one free course, valued at $40-210.  Topics include basic pottery techniques to building lidded jars, and more.   It is my goal to provide free and affordable education in my field of passion-- and my best way to say thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support!

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

When will I receive my rewards?

Thank you for your generous contribution!  Shipping for rewards are as follows:

Potted Plants + Plant Kits:  You'll receive a link to select your reward January 1st, 2021.  Allow 2 weeks processing.  You'll receive a tracking code for your order.

Online Courses: I'm developing the courses to be available February 2021, when you'll receive a promo code for any one free course, valued $40-210.  

Are your plants pet-safe?

Every plant available is labeled as pet-safe or not.  You'll have the option to choose the right plant for you and your pet-baby.

When will you receive your kiln and start on your garden?

The kiln is available for delivery today!  It will be installed as soon as I raise the funds.  The great thing about iFundWomen's platform is they deposit funds on a rolling basis, which allows me to acquire the kiln sooner than later.  THANK YOU.

Please contact me at ask@plantvessel.com if you have any other questions.  I love connecting with you,

Traci, Plant + Vessel

 

 

Caliph Greene
01/15/2021
Large Potted Plant
$120
Lauren Michel
01/13/2021
Plant Kit
$80
Rebecca Milke
01/07/2021
Mini Potted Plant
$60
Manna Selassie
01/05/2021
Free Online Course
$24
Ellen W
12/21/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Beth Carroll
12/21/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Sara
12/20/2020
Monetary Contribution
$10
Julie Grice
12/17/2020
Mini Potted Plant
$60
Ruth
12/14/2020
Monetary Contribution
$25
D Faaborg
12/13/2020
Mini Potted Plant
$60
Monetary Contribution

No gift needed.  I want to contribute just because I care. 

24 Supporters
Select this reward
24.00 USD
Free Online Course

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

996 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
Mini Potted Plant

Mini Potted Plant and a free online course of your choice.   

You'll receive a link to choose a live succulent or succulent, and planter style.   Potted plants ship beginning January 15, 2021.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

87 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
Plant Kit

Plant Kit and a free online course of your choice.

Grow your plant collection with a Plant + Vessel Plant Kt.  Includes: One planter, choice of succulent or cactus, potting soil, olive wood potting spoon, and decorative moss.   You'll receive a link to choose your plant seeds, and planter style.  Plant kits ship beginning January 15, 2021. 

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

98 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
120.00 USD
Large Potted Plant

Large Potted Plant and a free online course of your choice.

You'll receive a link to choose a live succulent or succulent, and planter style.   Potted plants ship beginning January 15, 2021.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

95 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
240.00 USD
Business Sponsorship

Join Plant + Vessel's directory of businesses with a sponsorship.

Your business logo, contact information, logo and description will be listed on our website, newsletters, and printed materials with direct links to your site. 

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
Gift a Workshop

Your contribution will fund a Post-COVID workshop.  Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

12 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
840.00 USD
Gift a Ton of Clay

...like a literal ton.  2000 lbs of clay can make 2000 mini, 500 medium, and 250 large planters--enough to last a year of pottery work.  Thank you.

Also enjoy a free online course of your choice.  Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,200.00 USD
Gift a Glaze Workstation

Barium, Copper Carbonate, Zinc Oxide and more.  These chemical elements create gorgeous glazes, which I will document and share the process for those interested in learning the art + science behind glaze mixing. 

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice. 

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,200.00 USD
Gift a Garden

Soil, seeds, DIY raised beds and compost bins and a free online course of your choice.

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,400.00 USD
Gift a Greenhouse

Building plans, lumber and tools.  These elements will be purchased with your contribution towards Plant + Vessel's greenhouse.  Thank you.

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.  Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
3,600.00 USD
Gift a Kiln

A bright, shiny Skutt kiln is waiting at Armadillo Clay with my name on it.  Your contribution will bring it home.  Thank you.

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward

About the Entrepreneur

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

No gift needed.  I want to contribute just because I care. 

24 Supporters
Select this reward
24.00 USD
Free Online Course

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

996 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
Mini Potted Plant

Mini Potted Plant and a free online course of your choice.   

You'll receive a link to choose a live succulent or succulent, and planter style.   Potted plants ship beginning January 15, 2021.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

87 Left
13 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
Plant Kit

Plant Kit and a free online course of your choice.

Grow your plant collection with a Plant + Vessel Plant Kt.  Includes: One planter, choice of succulent or cactus, potting soil, olive wood potting spoon, and decorative moss.   You'll receive a link to choose your plant seeds, and planter style.  Plant kits ship beginning January 15, 2021. 

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

98 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
120.00 USD
Large Potted Plant

Large Potted Plant and a free online course of your choice.

You'll receive a link to choose a live succulent or succulent, and planter style.   Potted plants ship beginning January 15, 2021.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

95 Left
5 Supporters
Select this reward
240.00 USD
Business Sponsorship

Join Plant + Vessel's directory of businesses with a sponsorship.

Your business logo, contact information, logo and description will be listed on our website, newsletters, and printed materials with direct links to your site. 

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
Gift a Workshop

Your contribution will fund a Post-COVID workshop.  Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

12 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
840.00 USD
Gift a Ton of Clay

...like a literal ton.  2000 lbs of clay can make 2000 mini, 500 medium, and 250 large planters--enough to last a year of pottery work.  Thank you.

Also enjoy a free online course of your choice.  Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,200.00 USD
Gift a Glaze Workstation

Barium, Copper Carbonate, Zinc Oxide and more.  These chemical elements create gorgeous glazes, which I will document and share the process for those interested in learning the art + science behind glaze mixing. 

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice. 

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

3 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,200.00 USD
Gift a Garden

Soil, seeds, DIY raised beds and compost bins and a free online course of your choice.

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,400.00 USD
Gift a Greenhouse

Building plans, lumber and tools.  These elements will be purchased with your contribution towards Plant + Vessel's greenhouse.  Thank you.

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.  Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

4 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
3,600.00 USD
Gift a Kiln

A bright, shiny Skutt kiln is waiting at Armadillo Clay with my name on it.  Your contribution will bring it home.  Thank you.

Also, enjoy a free online course of your choice.  

Learn the art + science behind ceramics with a free online course of your choice, valued at $40-210.

Courses will be available February 1, 2021.  

1 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward