111% Funded

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Target: €15000

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€16,770 Raised

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279 Funders

Dublin

Brookwood Pottery Project

By Elaine Fallon

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Hi there my name is Elaine Fallon and I am a potter. In 2012 I set up a tiny studio called Brookwood Pottery in a garage at the end of my garden where i work and produce pottery. We are asking you to join us on an adventure called the Brookwood Pottery Project where we will create an open access teaching pottery for you to experience working with clay.

The Brookwood Pottery Project will be a space for you to relax, learn and explore your ability on the wheel. It will have a large communal making table for handbuilding, 6- 10 wheels so you can learn how to throw, an electric kiln, a very good coffee machine and some good tunes on the radio.

We hope to form a community of makers who love clay and want to learn and improve and are eager to share what we know as professional potters with you. As well as giving classes on fundamental pottery techniques such as throwing and handbuilding we will run specialised workshops with guest makers on specific themes such as glazing, sculptural work, tile making, jewellery making, decorating and brushwork techniques. The studio will still run as a working pottery and students will benefit from seeing how a workshop is run.

I have worked as potter for 20 years, having trained at Thomastown Co Kilkenny with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland and NCAD, Dublin. in 2010 I set up 3 pottery courses in local VECs on Dublin's northside. In 2012 I was commissioned to make a ceramic artwork for our President Michael D Higgins entitled Phoenix Park, November.  I work with artist Marz Lawler who is a skilled decorator and hand builder and Thomastown graduate Karen Cody who has just completed an internship with me. 

We are crowdfunding so that we can kit out the pottery to the best of our ability - we need potters' wheels, an electric kiln, a large pugmill to recycle clay and some money to help furnish the workshop. All of the money raised on this Fundit campaign will go towards this equipment. Our project spend will be divided as follows: 

Electric Kiln Top Loader Nabertherm 60 L 3,200
Pugmill to recycle clay 2 inch 1900
Electric Wheels 1000 each x 7 7000
Electrics and Plumbing and Furnishing 2,800

We would be so grateful for your help bringing this project to life. It will be a space for many, a place to have fun and meet new friends, an opportunity to learn a new skill and get creative, a place where we can work with our heads, hands and heart. For images of the beautiful rewards you will recieve see www.brookwoodpottery.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, please like and share with your friends and come join us at the Brookwood Pottery Project!

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Planning the Move - Santry Central

Hello there Dear Funder, How are you?I hope that all is well in your life whatever you are up to. Here at the pottery things are very busy. So let me fill you in...: First an update on your important Fundit Rewards. These have started to sent out as we now have a stock of the handprinted tote bags which accompany each gift. Many of you have opted to collect from the new pottery which is great and eco friendly as it saves on packaging. But for those who live farther away your rewards have started to be posted out this week. For Pledgers who have opted for classes we will be creating a new section on the website called 'Classes' appropriately enough. There will be a drop down menu for you to choose the appropriate class you pledged for with a range of dates. Many of you have asked to go with friends so when you are booking please try to co-ordinate with your friend so you both book at the same time. There will be 12 places per class. Our space at Santry Central is nearly ready to move into! The current occupants have cleared their equipment and building work has started. Val is currently putting in an internal doorway which will link the pottery to the new cafe area, an internal doorway, toilets and a new door to the front for us. Until all the building work is done we cannot move in as dust on our pottery would be disastrous..That may sound funny as pottery is a pretty messy affair but builders dust would cause our glazes to run off the pots so that is a no no! But work is happening pretty quickly so we are hopeful that maybe in 2- 3 weeks time we will be ready to fit out. Our plan is to move in and concentrate on the Christmas season and getting classes to our pledgers...after Christmas we will open up the classes to the public but pledgers have priority at the moment! I had avery exciting tiem 2 weeks ago as I researched equipment and haggled with suppliers. i looked for the best deals possible with good quality equipment and with the Fundit money have bought a new Nabertherm kiln, 4 new Shimpo wheels, a slab roller and some other bits and bobs. Artist Eleanor Swan from Wicklow has kindly offered to lend us a wheel she is not using so, coupled with my own, means that we will have 6 wheels for your use. This means that during classes people should be able to have a meaningful amount of time practicing on the wheel. Finally I am currently sourcing furniture for the pottery, I'm looking on Done Deal, Ikea and charity furniture shops as I'd like an eclectic mix of new and old to create a cool space for us all to work in.. So stayed tuned and all the best for now... Elaine x

Santry Central and Update on your Rewards

Hello Dear Funder, My sincere thanks to you for supporting our Project and making our once in a lifetime dream a reality. Thanks to you we successfully crowdfunded and reached our target to allow us open our dream pottery space for you! I wanted you to be the first to know that we have finally found a fantastic venue for the Brookwood Project! We have agreed a deal with Chocolate Factory founder Val Rutledge on a wonderful new creative space he is opening in Santry called Santry Central. Santry Central will continue in the theme of the Chocolate Factory and ABC Campus in Drumcondra as a collaborative space between creatives and business where small business can establish themselves and grow. This space will house our pottery and your classes, a creche and cafe, a furniture designer and other small businesses. So Santry Central here we come!! I know many of you will be disappointed to hear that the Brookwood Pottery Project will not be in Fairview. Unfortunately with one week to go during the Fundit campaign the landlord in Fairview backed out of our deal and refused to let the space to me. I was so afraid to say anything until I had a new venue confirmed that I could not share this news until now. So the last 5 weeks have been very busy as I scoured the Northside looking for a suitable venue.The uncertainty and disappointment has been worth it as the perfect space has come along at the very right time. So I am learning patience and fortitude as I go! Next up - we are very busy working on your rewards. Next week you will receive an email from me which will have details about how you can get your reward. For those who have ordered mugs we will need your choice of pattern (Tree, Forest or Birds) and also please clarify in this email your home address and whether you have opted for collection or delivery of the rewards. Please bear with us as we work through the many pledges we received. So that is all for now, the real work starts next week as I begin to price wheels for you to make your pots on, a new kiln and building works. I look forward to updating you on the project and I'll be in touch next week about your rewards, Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Many thanks Elaine

ONE Week to go - Re Multiple Pledges for Brookwood Project - FAQ

HI everyone i just wanted to keep you informed of what is happening so far with the project and answers a question which has been popping up re multiple pledges.we are up to 11,659 euro and have 191 pledgers!! I can't quite believe it, we are nearly there!! Many of you have been in contact trying to book multiple classes on Fundit and getting a message saying "Your pledge has been amended". I have contacted Fundit this morning and they have explained that as Fundit is not a regular shopping cart scenario of cards being debited there and then multiple purchases are not possible. So anyone who has gone in twice and pledged for 2 rewards will have just replaced their last order with a new one. For example, if someone kindly pledged for a 50 euro vase reward and then went in and pledged for a 10 euro invitation reward their total pledge would just be worth 10 euro to us as the last pledge replaces the intial pledge. Or , with a second example, if someone wanted to get 2 vases, and went into the 50 euro reward and picked it twice their second attempt at buying the vase would replace their first pledge. To pledge twice you need to create a new Fundit account with a new e mail, or ask a friend to pledge for you or in the case of example 2 , pick the 120 euro reward of a day long class and put a note in saying you would like 2 vases instead. I can always refund you the difference in cost. Sorry if this sounds a bit complicated. Fundit have also assured me that no cards are debited until after we reach our target of 15,000 euro. So no money has left anyones account yet! Please feel free to contact me at elaine.fallon@gmail.com with any queries, I am happy to answer them. For anyone who missed our interview on The Business this Saturday here it is again http://rte.ie/r.html?rii=b9_21206981_172_22-07-2017_ We are nearly there, please keep the faith and keep spreading the word, Thank you for all of your help and kindness so far Elaine xx

14 Days to Go ...Squeaky Pants Time!!

Well, it has been a real rollercoaster this Fundit experience so far! Highlights include being interviewed yesterday by the Business with Richard Curran on Radio 1 about the project which will go live this Saturday morning 22 July. this was one of the things i had dreamed of doing at the start of the project and I can't quite believe we have got on, I can't wait to hear the interview. I've also received an amazingly kind email from an artist who has offered to screen print our tote bag gifts and emailed me out of the blue, there are some amazing people out there. Low points include doubting we will make it and wondering what we can do if it doesn't come together. So far we have raised 9,299 euro and we have 14 days left. Well it's not over til the large lady sings so let's keep going!! I'm going to keep going until the very last minute and am looking forward to our Facebook party this thursday where I get to be fairy God mother to all you dream makers who have already pledged. if you are wondering how it works, just log on to the Brookwood Pottery FB page this Thursday at 8 pm and add a comment to let me know you are online! We'll be having a laugh, swapping jokes and posting funny pics, best ones get a prize!! So see you then and please keep spreading the word to all your friends, it's all hands on deck!! Lots of love and thanks Elaine ! See you Thursday online!!

29 Days to go ..The Brookwood Pottery Project

29 days to go, €5,735 raised and another 9,265 euro to go...it seemed like a big hill to climb when we started this Fundit project 12 days ago but ,as the days tick by, we're getting ever more closer and ever more hopeful. I just wanted to say a sincere 'Thank you' to everybody who has pledged support already, we're looking forward to a chock full September of classes (hopefully) , get togethers and pottery making. It's hard not to start planning the colour scheme of the workshop, where everything will go and where I will put the wheels...but it is great fun. However with Fundit it's an all or nothing situation, we receive the funding only if we make the total within the deadline. Of course that hasn't stopped me from worrying needlessly about all sorts of things!! Now that I have found the venue I'm afraid it will be too small for everything we want to do but it has to be better and bigger than my converted garage so I'll just leave that one in the "Worry About Later" pile and keep going... So far we have done an interview on Near FM, loads of Instagramming and FB ing, a Fox mug competition and many e mails to newspapers, radio and journalists asking them to spread the word! Karen and Marz had a great evebing at the Women in fairview group last week and came home full of inspiration, offers of help an dideas so thank you guys! I've had fantastic support from friends, strangers and other artists including Joanne Condon of Kyle Lane who raised money through Fundit last year to print a book called Furniture Crush...her e mail of support meant so much and it was great to get good advice from her... I'm writing this on a family holiday (him indoors has taken the kids for a hike - thank you Donal!) so I'll sign off now... We will be having a private FB party with special prizes including wall tiles, necklaces, brooches and mugs for you amazing pledgers next week to say 'Thank you' and to encourage everyone to keep spreading the word...so keep tuned to Brookwood Pottery FB posts for more details... With sincere thanks, your support means so much to Marz, Karen and I as we plan our way to the Brookwood Pottery project, Elaine xxxx

Thank you to the 2 first funders whoever you are!

I'm thinking of the first 2 people who just pledged their support to the Brookwood Pottery Projec tonight. I'll only find out who those supporters are 1 week after we reach our target, if we reach our target...But I'm sending a huge virtual hug to whoever you may be for getting the ball rolling and a sincere thank you!! Elaine x

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