Navah Pottery

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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 24th August 2020 at 9:10pm

To raise capital funds for a kiln and studio building to launch Navah Pottery, to enrich those cherished moments in your life.

by Nicole Clarke in Wootton, England, United Kingdom

Moving from dreaming to doing...

It’s time. After dedicating my life to my family since 2000, it’s time to create that business of my own.

The vision for Navah Pottery exists at the intersection of home, hospitality and charm. "Navah" means to beautify or adorn, in the context of skilled craft and items for the home or for worship. For me it's also an expression of the centred-ness we draw from particular items; items we use and come to cherish as part of our everyday lives and routines. 

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Whether in your moments of quiet solitude, in your favourite spot, clutching your favourite coffee mug...

...giving someone special a personalised and poignant gift...

…or making a room ready for awaited house guests, filling the room with beautiful scent from oil burners or purposely placing flowers for aesthetic effect in a hand-made vase...

…or serving dear friends at dinner, from plush platters to plates that provoke admiring remarks.

A unique perspective on life...

I'm Nikki. Wife and mother to 4 teenagers (yes... I know).

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the US and have always held the beauty of Washington State in my heart: the elegant tall firs, the Puget Sound’s deep blue-greens and the dramatic snow-topped Olympic and Cascades mountain ranges.

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Raising a large family has given me unique insight into what makes certain moments of our lives precious. Whether that’s making the most of quiet times, or facilitating loud, laughter-filled, heart-warming gatherings.

I'd love for Navah's items of beauty to become a part of your cherished moments... so I can't wait to reward you for helping me to adorn cherished moments for others. 

And don't worry, they'll arrive with you in one piece! I've been shipping ceramic objects all over the world without so much as a crack :-) 

What will it take for you to adorn those cherished moments, Nikki?

1595788394_wheelandglazes.jpegI've been interning at a pottery studio over the last 12 months under a wonderful mentor, learning the in's and out's of the business as well as the craft itself.                                                                                                                            I've already acquired a top-class wheel, glazes and clay - the image to the right is what the car looked like when we picked it all up!                                                                                                                                                                                      So there are now 2 important elements that need further capital:                                                                                                                                   The Kiln and The Cabin Studio.                                                                                                                                            

Kiln Skutt KM827We have a space in our house that is perfect for a kiln – a 160x135cm “office” that I’m commandeering from my husband… it’s OK, he’s all for it ;-) In a busy house-hold, home-working isn't very straightforward!                                                                                                                                                                                            The initial funding target includes the purchase and installation of the kiln - and all electrical work to make it super safe.

1595786919_logcabinpotterystudio.jpgThe log-cabin studio comprises 4x4m of delicious creative space. The 77cm logs and insulation to regulate temperatures, double-glazing, a power source, shelving and work benches.                                                                                                                          It will be ample enough for you to enjoy a pottery lesson, or house 5 children safely for a hand-building birthday party. It will include a water source, a sink for washing-up and facilities for recycling clay from waste-water.

The Navah Pottery studio will be positioned conveniently at the end of our garden (which has separate access) so friends, neighbours and customers can join me for a coffee to discuss their commissions, enjoy a pottery lesson or view new stock.

So, what do you make Nikki?

Thanks for asking :-) I make a variety of items inspired by the Pacific North West that you can see below - but to make sure there's more options to enjoy, we also offer Annual Studio Memberships (£1,200), 2hr Wheel-Craft and Hand-Building Sessions with me (£85 and £65 respectively), and Children's Parties ...

** Please speak to me if you'd like to discuss different glazing options on the items below...

Dinner Plates (Hand-built) - in sets of 4 (£150), 6 (£225) or 8 (£300); or available as...

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Pool Bowls - Shallow (£25) - Breakfast (£35) - Ramen (£35 with steep sides)

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"But First Coffee..." Mug (£40) - you can choose your own morning message!

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Ridged Mug with Thumb Hold (£35)

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Large Natural Ridged Mug (£35) This is Nikki's favourite to use in the morning!

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Small Platters (Hand-built) (£20 each)

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Swallows Oil Burner (£40)

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Midnight Oil Burner (£40)

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"Love" Ring Plate (Hand-built) (£10)1595793170_loveringplate.jpeg

"Natural" Oil Burners and Tea Light Holder Set (£90) - £100 if sold separately

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Tea Light Holder (£20)

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Hanging Planter - Cobalt (£50)

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Sgraffito - Narrow Vase (£40) - Wider Vase (£50) - Bowl (£55) - Planter (£65)

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Natural Shallow Planter (£40) - Also available with different glazing options.

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Dip Dish - Small (Pictured) (£55) - Large (£85) - Glazing options open to you :-)

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Bathroom Dish (Hand-built) (£40) - speak to Nikki about any glazing requirements!

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

"Love" Ring Dish

Perfect for setting down rings or earrings at the end of the evening. You can choose your own sentimental word or a special person's name for a touching gift x

£20 or more

"Pool Bowls" - Mini Bowl

Inspired by the deep blue-greens of the Puget Sound that surrounds the Kitsap Peninsula and Seattle. No two bowls are the same as the glaze choses the final result itself. Sometimes you just need a small bowl :-) Sizing for this little one is 4.5" (115mm) in diameter. A perfect bowl for a personal snack.

£20 or more

Versatile Small Platter

Can be used for just about anything that needs a place! We pictured it with jewellery or soap. Sold individually, but make a great set too.

£25 or more

"Pool Bowls" - Shallow Snack Bowl

Inspired by the deep blue-greens of the Puget Sound that surrounds the Kitsap Peninsula and Seattle. No two bowls are the same as the glaze choses the final result itself. These are perfect for olives, crisps or peanuts when enjoying an aperitif...

£35 or more

Natural or Cobalt Ridged Mugs

There's nothing like drinking coffee from hand-thrown mugs! See the options on this reward to create yours just as you like them :-) Julian and I prefer a larger mug - so unless you stipulate a size this is what you'll receive :-)

£35 or more

"Pool Bowls" - Breakfast or Ramen

Inspired by the deep blue-greens of the Puget Sound that surrounds the Kitsap Peninsula and Seattle. No two bowls are the same as the glaze choses the final result itself. Choose your preferred shape in the options. Breakfast bowls are typically 5.5" diameter and 2.5" deep. Ramen bowls are 5" diameter and 3.25" deep. (please forgive the mix of imperial and decimal!)

£40 or more

Oil Burners

The featured oil burners have an integral oil bowl. Place some water in the oil bowl and add a couple of drops of essential oils above a lit tea light. This will fill the room with exotic fragrance and cast twinkling light from the tea light within. (We use Haeckel's oils which we first discovered where Nikki interned) The oil burners stand approx 5" tall.

£40 or more

"But first Coffee" Morning Mantra Mug

This is my husband Julian's favourite "Morning Mantra Mug" Large enough for the required early morning caffeine fix. A perfect gift when has your best friend's own morning mantra written on it! ** CHOOSE YOUR OWN PHRASE IN THE REWARD OPTIONS **

£40 or more

Bathroom Dish

With many children keeping a family bathroom organised and clean is a constant battle. This was a practical solution to keep toothbrushes separate and ceramic surfaces clean! Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. Sizing is approx 7.5"x4" (190x100mm) though can be made to order. Also could have different patterned imprints on soap dish and toothbrush aperture designs (one of our children has theirs heart-shaped!)

£50 or more

Hanging Planter - Cobalt

Orbs to suspend greenery from the ceiling or beneath shelving.

£55 or more

Sgraffito Bowl - 8" (203mm) diameter*

Whether for ornamental or practical purposes let Nikki's geometric designs make a statement. Patterned by hand-cutting through one layer of glaze, to reveal either another layer of glaze, or the natural colour of fired clay beneath. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£65 or more

2hr hand-build session with Nikki

Learn to hand-build - create a mug, plate, ornamental sculpture, tricket box, a set of coasters, hanging mobile... All Clay, glazes and firing included.

£65 or more

Sgraffito Plant Pot - 5"(127mm) diameter aperture*

House your favourite plant in a pot befitting its beauty and presence. Patterned by hand-cutting through one layer of glaze, to reveal either another layer of glaze, or the natural colour of fired clay beneath. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£65 or more

Sgraffito Hanging Planters - 6" (152mm)

Inverted planter with geometric designs with thin rope to hang from the ceiling. Patterned by hand-cutting through one layer of glaze, to reveal either another layer of glaze, or the natural colour of fired clay beneath. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£85 or more

2hr Wheel-Craft Session with Nikki

Learn the fundamentals of throwing on a wheel. Make your own items and beautify your life :-) Includes all glazing, firing and advice.

£85 or more

Dip Dish - Large

A dish within a dish. Whether you prefer salsa, tzatziki or cream cheese' n'chives, this heart-shaped dish-in-dish platter is perfection in pre-dinner dipping. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. The outer plate will be approx 11" (279mm) and the internal dish 3" (76mm)* Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. *Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process

£90 or more

"Natural" Oil Burners and Tea Light Holder Set

This makes a lovely set and when purchased together make great value for money.

£120 or more

Side Plates - Set of 4

Hand-built 8" (203mm) side plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£150 or more

Dinner Plates - Set of 4

Hand-built 10" (255mm) dinner plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£180 or more

Side Plates - Set of 6

Hand-built 8" (203mm) side plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£225 or more

Dinner Plates - Set of 6

Hand-built 10" (255mm) dinner plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£240 or more

Side Plates - Set of 8

Hand-built 8" (203mm) side plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£250 or more

Children's Party - Hand-building 2hr Session only

Let the little ones get creative and mucky in clay whilst making an object of memory! Price includes all clay and glaze (though Nikki will glaze them with this choice). If you'd like the children to come back again to glaze once the items are ready choose the other party reward option. IMPORTANT: Please specify your preferred date upon booking to avoid potential conflicts and disappointment!

£300 or more

Dinner Plates - Set of 8

Hand-built 10" (255mm) dinner plates.* Each one will be slightly unique within the same colouration and patterning. Discuss your custom glaze options directly with Nikki before creation. * Dimensions are approximate due to the nature of the medium and process.

£325 or more

Children's Party - 2hr make + 1hr glazing session

Let the little ones get creative and mucky in clay whilst making an object of memory! Price includes all clay and glaze (this will be a second session at least a week later). IMPORTANT: Please specify your preferred dates upon booking to avoid potential conflicts and disappointment!

£600 or more

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Six Month Studio Membership

Your opportunity to create your own items of beauty! Access 12 evening hours per month (3hrs pw) for private use of the studio and all equipment. All clay, kiln firing and glazes included.

£1,200 or more

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Annual Studio Membership

Your opportunity to create your own items of beauty! Access 12 evening hours per month (3hrs pw) for private use of the studio and all equipment. All clay, kiln firing and glazes included.

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