Pots For Life: Crafting a Sustainable Future for Odyssey ClayWorks
Who Am I?
My name is Gabriel Kline. I am a studio potter and the director of Odyssey ClayWorks, formerly known as Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. I'm also a semi-pro volleyball player and a new Dad to my daughter Romi. I created this campaign to call attention to a project of great importance in the eclectic River Arts District of Asheville, NC.
So What's Our Story?
In January of this year, I became the director of Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts (now Odyssey ClayWorks), a large educational pottery studio in Asheville’s River Arts District. The RAD is an area renowned for its repurposed industrial buildings, many of which have been transformed into lofts, studios, and working galleries. It is also full of colorful, expressive and talented artists. I like to refer to it as "Little Brooklyn."
In my time teaching at Odyssey over the past eight years, I regularly witnessed the positive impact that working with clay had on people from all walks of life. Some of our current students work with clay to help combat anxiety and to provide physical therapy. Others just enjoy taking a break from a hectic schedule to dig their fingers in the dirt. Our goal is bring this type of feeling to a larger audience. The Odyssey Studio contributes to a more peaceful world and a calmer, more grounded population. Your contributions will enable us to continue to provide a positive clay experience to all.
I am working hard to institute several programs to create additional revenue streams on the path toward financial solvency. In addition to the regular series of classes and workshops that we offer, we are creating a retail gallery as well as rental studios. We are also designing a line of pottery for wholesale and internet sales. I am guiding the studio into an artistic and educational powerhouse with an increased presence in the River District. This new and sustainable business model will allow the Odyssey to thrive in an ever changing economic condition.
Here Comes the Big News...
We must raise a minimum of $25,000 in 2013 in order to continue our mission. The funds will allow us to host lectures and slide presentations (which are free and open to the public), continue after-school and summer kids programs, pay fair wages to instructors and provide studios for our resident artists. We are also instituting a new vocational program for autistic adults and a therapeutic program for veterans. Every little bit helps!
Here's how we plan to use the funds:
$4778.....Two Brent Model 16 Adaptive/Wheelchair accesible potter's wheels
$4999.....Pug mill mixing machine for clay production
$500.......Material cost and labor to create two 100 sqaure foot studios for rental
$4000.....Scholarship fund for lower income students (This will afford 10 adults and 10 children the opportunity to participate in our programs this year)
$8000.....Specialist Instructor pay (8 hours per week for 50 weeks) at $25/hour (For new programming including a therapeutic program for veterans and a vocational program for autistic citizens)
$3000......Resident artist project support grants (Will create six $500 mini grants to resident artists this year to complete a large scale project)
What's In It For You?
In exchange for your contributions, we have an amazing array of porcelain perks that will become treasures in your home. The porcelain was collaboratively handmade by members of our artist community in an effort to continue to focus on education. Our more experienced artists designed each piece and then instructed a younger Odyssey member in the execution. In additional to being beautiful, the pieces are fully functional. They are all microwave, oven and dishwasher safe. For pictures of the perks please click on the "GALLERY" tab at the top of this page right above the video.
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What's the Big Deal?
The Odyssey ClayWorks mission is to "Do Good, and Do Well." The impact of your contributions can be measured in kid's smiles when working with clay for the first time or the "oohs" and "aahs" of students at a kiln opening. They are measured in the wide eyes of visitors watching someone turn a pot on the wheel and saying, “I would like to try that.” Beyond the individual impact, the community at large is also greatly effected. We provide a service to current and aspiring artists by providing a feeling of community. It's a gathering place where people are free to create and express themselves in healthy ways.
By donating to our campaign, you will be helping the world to become a little less harsh...a bit gentler or perhaps even returning us to that wonderful feeling from childhood of making mudpies and playing in the dirt.
One Final Note...
There are many different ways to contribute! Please help us to make some noise and get the word out about our campaign. You can use the Indiegogo share tools to let your friends know about Odyssey ClayWorks and our campaign. Please visit us at our website and on Facebook. Share, Share, Share!!!
Thank you for being a part of Odyssey's legacy and its future.
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