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Katy Lane STUDIO FUNDRAISER

Thank you for supporting my dreams of launching a small ceramic business! You generosity allows me to make pottery for your hands and home.

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Campaign Ends on April 16, 2021

Project Description

Ceramic homewares encourage slower moments. A stoneware plate or mug begs you to pause to enjoy a meal with a friend, or a savor a hot cup of coffee. My goal is to create hand crafted pottery that brings slower living into your hands and homes.

I have been a maker all my life. I discovered clay ten years ago, and was instantly captivated by the sensory process of working with mud. In 2018, I began selling my ceramics in small batch flash sales on Instagram; and I was shocked to be met with tremendous support. Last year, in 2019, I received a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. As a young woman who has been riding the poverty line since I first arrived on this whacky planet-this was a MAJOR accomplishment for me, both financially and creatively. Eleven years ago, I was told the only way I was going to college is if I paid for it myself. Here I stand, 29 and muddy, proudly clutching my bachelors degree-ready to build the small ceramic business of dreams.

What is holding me back, you might ask? The bottom line: I need a kiln to continue producing work. For those of you that aren't well acquainted with pottery lingo, the kiln is the giant oven that bakes the mugs. :) Without it, all of those lovely pots in your kitchen would dry out and return to dust. A kiln costs anywhere from $3,000-$10,000, depending on make, model, etc.

Currently I transport my fragile, unfired pots across town to be baked at a local friend's pottery studio. I am beyond grateful to have had access to this space while I grow. However, it puts one of the most vulnerable aspects of my process in someone else's hands. Pots tend to break during transportation. Due to the nature of sharing space, my ceramics don't get fired for weeks, sometimes months after creating them, even though this process only takes a few days. It's simply not sustainable long term. 

The fulfillment of this fundraiser would allow me to launch into full-time production of my ceramics. My primary needs include: a Kiln, a work-table, glaze material, clay, a space to build my studio, and various pottery tools. This funding would also allow me to launch my website, acquire necessary packing material, and, ultimately, bring my handmade pottery to your doorstep. 

Thank you for taking an interest in my life long dream of becoming a full time working artist. My art and it's process is the absolute most sacred part of my life, and by supporting it, you are supporting my well being.  If you'd like to learn more about me and my little dream, feel free to shoot me a DM on instagram, @offcenterpottery. I am beyond grateful for your support of my big dream. Your investment in me gives me life. Thank you.

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I make specific custom requests for the ceramics that I donate in exchange for? No. In order to keep track of (potentially) hundreds of orders, I need to keep all my ceramics simple and uniform for this particular fundraiser. You can always order custom ceramics from me via instagram DM. 
  • Can you tell me exactly what date I will receive my rewards? No. The projected date is my best guess for the latest you will receive your reward, however it could be sooner~ the quicker I raise the money for materials the quicker I can pump out your pot! 
  • Where will your studio be located once you have raised the money to start up your business? Right at home! I will be setting up a small shed in the back yard with my kiln, a sink, a wheel, and a few buckets of glaze to start. 
  • Do you have any assistants or is it just you on the production team? Just me for now! One day when I am in full swing, I would love to hire a few people to help me with day to day production tasks, but for now I'm focusing on raising money for the equipment I need! 
  • How long have you been practicing ceramics? Ten years on and off! 
  • Why should I donate to you instead of the hundreds of other people who need funds right now? While I know there are many who need assistance, I can honestly say that by choosing to back my small business, you are backing a real live human being's happiness and well-being. You are changing a life. When I can do what I love in the world, I can thrive and support others in doing what they love. One day, I hope to give all this support back not only to other artists who need help, but also to young potters who need a shot. Today, I am that young potter. Can you help give me a shot?

 

04/25/2020
Ring Dish
$45
Kayla
04/25/2020
Drawing and Thank you note
$25
Brianna Keiser
04/25/2020
Drawing and Thank you note
$30
Jessica Grice
04/24/2020
Thumb Print Cup
$150
Liz
04/23/2020
Ring Dish
$45
KCS
04/20/2020
Thumb Print Cup
$200
Victoria Fann
04/18/2020
Drawing and Thank you note
$25
Kat H
04/17/2020
Ring Dish
$45
Chelsea and Julian Fann
04/17/2020
Drawing and Thank you note
$25
Dana Nares
04/16/2020
Drawing and Thank you note
$25
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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10.00 USD
Instagram Shout Out

For this generous donation amount, I will feature your instagram page in my instagram stories! I will shout out to your business, or personal profile-whatever you prefer. Thank you for supporting my dream :)

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25.00 USD
Drawing and Thank you note

Oh hello, just here to support my dreams? For this amount, I will draw you an original one of a kind drawing and write you a personalized thank you note. We can even be pen pals if you'd like. <3

5 Supporters
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45.00 USD
Ring Dish

Do you and your partner need ring dishes? This is a great time to invest in two for your bedside tables, AND support a small businesses big dream! For $45, I will make you a cute little ring dish out of clay.

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75.00 USD
Small Planter

WOW you must be here because you REALLY love me? Well, I really love you too and for $75 I will throw a cute little planter for you on the wheel. This size is ideal for an herb or a little succulent. For the mac-daddy planter, please see the $500 donation tier :D

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150.00 USD
Thumb Print Cup

Yes, this is an expensive cup, but it's also a portion of the proceeds I need to purchase a kiln, to make a thousand more thumb print cups, so I can bring them to you at a fraction of the cost in the future. Thank YOU if you are purchasing this exquisite cup, meant to nestle comfortably into the natural shape of your hand. 

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300.00 USD
Fruit Bowl/Mixing Bowl

THANK YOU! You are.. a gift. To me, and this world. For $300, I will make you a fruit bowl or mixing bowl or bowl to put on top of your head and cut your hair in a very round shape! I LOVE YOU

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500.00 USD
BIG planter

This will be the biggest planter I will have ever thrown. 3+ gallon size. I'm only listing 10 of these for now but If I get all 10 donations I will be HALFWAY TO MY GOAL! And will likely open slots back up. So, go planter crazy. You, my friend, are the ultimate donator. Are you even real? Thank you. 

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1,000.00 USD
Cup Club Subscription

For this UNBELIEVABLE donation amount, you will be the FIRST recipient of my Ceramic Cup Club Subscription! For a year, yes, 12 months, you will receive a different unique ceramic cup from me every month. This will begin effective immediately upon your donation, for the proceeding 12 months. It will also include a small, unique drawing or print in each package.

 

You and your donation will be solely responsible for giving me the confidence to launch my business, and purchase my most essential and most expensive piece of equipment, the Kiln. If this donation is made, I will immediately purchase a kiln and get to work on your cups. You are literally making my dreams come true with this investment. THANK YOU.

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

0 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Instagram Shout Out

For this generous donation amount, I will feature your instagram page in my instagram stories! I will shout out to your business, or personal profile-whatever you prefer. Thank you for supporting my dream :)

0 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Drawing and Thank you note

Oh hello, just here to support my dreams? For this amount, I will draw you an original one of a kind drawing and write you a personalized thank you note. We can even be pen pals if you'd like. <3

5 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD
Ring Dish

Do you and your partner need ring dishes? This is a great time to invest in two for your bedside tables, AND support a small businesses big dream! For $45, I will make you a cute little ring dish out of clay.

47 Left
3 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Small Planter

WOW you must be here because you REALLY love me? Well, I really love you too and for $75 I will throw a cute little planter for you on the wheel. This size is ideal for an herb or a little succulent. For the mac-daddy planter, please see the $500 donation tier :D

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Thumb Print Cup

Yes, this is an expensive cup, but it's also a portion of the proceeds I need to purchase a kiln, to make a thousand more thumb print cups, so I can bring them to you at a fraction of the cost in the future. Thank YOU if you are purchasing this exquisite cup, meant to nestle comfortably into the natural shape of your hand. 

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2 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD
Fruit Bowl/Mixing Bowl

THANK YOU! You are.. a gift. To me, and this world. For $300, I will make you a fruit bowl or mixing bowl or bowl to put on top of your head and cut your hair in a very round shape! I LOVE YOU

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
BIG planter

This will be the biggest planter I will have ever thrown. 3+ gallon size. I'm only listing 10 of these for now but If I get all 10 donations I will be HALFWAY TO MY GOAL! And will likely open slots back up. So, go planter crazy. You, my friend, are the ultimate donator. Are you even real? Thank you. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Cup Club Subscription

For this UNBELIEVABLE donation amount, you will be the FIRST recipient of my Ceramic Cup Club Subscription! For a year, yes, 12 months, you will receive a different unique ceramic cup from me every month. This will begin effective immediately upon your donation, for the proceeding 12 months. It will also include a small, unique drawing or print in each package.

 

You and your donation will be solely responsible for giving me the confidence to launch my business, and purchase my most essential and most expensive piece of equipment, the Kiln. If this donation is made, I will immediately purchase a kiln and get to work on your cups. You are literally making my dreams come true with this investment. THANK YOU.

10 Left
0 Supporters
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