Frequently Asked Questions:
What are your plans for these funds?
- These funds will be used to buy equipment to make and sell more pottery pieces. Funds also contribute to pay employees, studio rent, and any outstanding business loans we have taken on during expansion. Here's a full breakdown of how the funding will help create a successful pottery studio.
How will new kilns help your artistic process?
- A kiln is a type of oven used in the ceramics process to turn clay into pottery. With the help of our larger team and new equipment, we will create more pieces that need to be fired at one moment. More kilns would allow us enough space to fire our batches as needed.
How will new wheels help your artistic process?
- A potter's wheel is a machine used to create clay vessels. New wheels will allow more than one potter to work at a time. Since pottery is a step-by-step process, it’s likely that two people will each need a wheel during the “throwing” stage at one time.
How will a pugmill help your artistic process?
- Before throwing a piece, the clay must be wedged by hand, or rolled out to get rid of air bubbles and avoid destructive kiln explosions. A pugmill is a machine that mixes, de-airs, wedges, and recycles the clay. Doing this process by hand is an extremely time consuming and physically demanding step in the pottery-making process, so a pugmill will greatly expedite this process.
How will a slab roller help your artistic process?
- Usually, to make things like incense holders and plates, I have to roll out small slabs of clay by hand with a rolling pin. This process is also time consuming and physically demanding, known to cause back pain and strains in the long term. A slab roller is a machine that produces much larger, even and consistent slabs of clay that will allow us to create many pieces in one sitting.