Help us buy a Pottery Kiln for the Community

by Dorset Craft Workshops in Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom

Help us buy a Pottery Kiln for the Community

Total raised £695

£5,000 target 17 days left
13% 8 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 12th July 2024 at 12:00pm

We urgently need your help to raise £5000 to buy a pottery kiln for the Community, then we can provide Pottery classes for everyone

by Dorset Craft Workshops in Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom


1715164883_incollage_20230821_162409019.jpgOur project

Set up at the end of 2023 to replace the sadly closed Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Dorset Craft Workshops is providing courses and workshops in ceramics and other creative arts. You can see what we’re up to on our website!

"Excellent news, really missed the courses and can’t wait to start again!       Thank you to all who have been involved with this it's great news for the community" KA on Facebook

We aim to provide:

  • Teaching opportunities for local ceramic artists and makers to earn an income from their craft
  • Affordable communal co-working studio space for aspiring artists and makers
  • Joy, creative achievement, and therapeutic benefits to the people of Dorset through learning and making.

We had kilns at the old centre but they were very old, expensive to run, and really difficult to move, so we had to leave them behind. We have started classes, but tutors have had to ferry the pots back and forth to their own small kilns which is very inefficient and risks breakages. 

We also really want to set up a resource for local potters, who don't have their own firing capacity, to be able to come in and use our facilities to grow their own creative practices (and perhaps become tutors!) 

We desperately need a new, energy efficient kiln, which will reduce our running costs and environmental impact.

1715686039_durngate_st.jpgAbout Us:

We're a Community Interest Company (number 15263773) run by tutors and students at the centre. We're not making any profit at the moment, and are relying on generous donations from our supporters to supplement our income. Our pottery and ceramics courses will be one of the mainstays of our venture and we really need these up and running to ensure the sustainability of the whole project.

Our Rewards 

We will be grateful for any donation however small. Just the price of a cup of coffee or bottle of wine will really help make a difference - it all adds up! If you can afford to contribute a little more we have some great rewards lined up, from unique pieces made by our fantastic tutors, to opportunities to join workshops and courses.

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'Thank You' freebee drinks from our amazing neighbours, Potters Café Bistro

Fabulous Wicker Baskets by Mark Vyvyan-Penney 

Pastel Portraits from tutor James Meiklejohn

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Mystery pottery piece from one of our talented tutors

Wood Carvings, and Smooth and Decorative Bronze Cast Pendants by Mark Vyvyan-Penney 

Workshops and Courses 

1715165996_course_gallery_.pngWe have a range of exciting things to do, please see our Website for inspiration 

All of the pieces on offer will be made by our tutors. They are pieces that represent what they make best. They will made after the Crowdfunder finishes and can be either posted to you or you can collect them in person by arrangement.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Drinks Reward

Our neighbours, Potters Cafe Bistro, have been so supportive since we came to Durngate Street and have become practically our ‘on site’ cafe. They would like to thank our supporters with a free Tea or Coffee Voucher!

£20 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Wicker Basket Reward

A decorative and useful wicker basket by our tutor Mark Vyvyan-Penney

£20 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Pastel Portrait Reward

Your portrait done in pastels by our painting and drawing tutor James Meiklejohn

£30 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Mystery Pot Reward

Take pot luck with a mystery item from one of our very talented Ceramic Art tutors!

£40 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Smooth Bronze Reward

A beautiful smooth bronze cast pendant (Dinosaur, Heart, Star etc) created by our tutor Mark Vyvyan-Penney

£40 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Wood Carving Reward

Characterful and cute carved animals by Mark Vyvyan-Penney

£50 or more

0 of 30 claimed

Decorative Bronze Reward

A beautiful decorative bronze cast pendant (Ammonite, Seahorse etc) created by our tutor Mark Vyvyan-Penney

£75 or more

Silver Supporter Reward

Half day workshop of your choice. We will arrange some special tutorials, not just in ceramics and pottery but also woodcarving, bronzecasting, basketweaving and many more. Get started on your new creative journey!

£100 or more

Gold Supporter Award

One Day workshop of your choice. We will arrange some special tutorials, not just in ceramics and pottery but also woodcarving, bronzecasting, basketweaving and many more. Get started on your new creative journey!

£150 or more

Star Supporter Reward

A 15% discount on a multi-week course of your choice

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