The Edible Museum Chocolate Studio

by thesarahhardy@me.com in Sible Hedingham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th November 2016 we successfully raised £10,630 with 116 supporters in 35 days

We built a studio for The Edible Museum's sweet alchemy -Thank you! See what we are up to at www.ediblemuseum.com

by thesarahhardy@me.com in Sible Hedingham, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Wow this is amazing, we are into our stretch target - Thank you! 

The extra £2000 will provide the work surfaces and  shelving needed to kit out the workspace. This would mean I'd be ready early enough to get new designs out for Easter instead of after.

Easter Bats, Easter Lizards, Easter Mummified Cats... Easter...? Suggestions please

Thank you so much for all your support


At The Edible Museum I sculpt a collection of highly realsitic, chocolate artefacts.
Imagine having access to the most private of museum archives, from perfectly preserved fossils, antiques and anatomy to sea-life and endangered species all made from delicious chocolate.
A collection both educational and edible! 


I've spent the last 18 months inventing and designing these edible artworks from my kitchen table. I now need a dedicated space in which to sculpt & paint these lifelike pieces. A studio which is both food safe and spacious enough to allow me to continue exploring and expanding on this unique work.

Working from home to fit around my two young children is still important. So my plan is to build a chocolate studio in the garden where the humidity and temperature levels can be maintained for the alchemy that is chocolate work.

I am in line for a grant for this exciting move up but ONLY if I can raise the match funding of £10,000 by November 9th so look at these amazing rewards and get clicking!!

The Rewards:

'Hero' chocolates. These are large show-stopper chocolates of 120-250g, hand painted and highly realistic. Choose from:

  • Tyranasaurus Rex fossil tooth,
  • Megalodon (Giant shark) fossil tooth,
  • Human Heart,
  • Giant starfish 
  • Endangered Natterjack Toad (a donation goes to The Wildlife Trusts for each toad)
  • 2 large Conch Shells


Fossil Collectors Box:

Wooden presentation box with 16 prime examples of Trilobites, Ammonites, Brachiopods & Sharks teeth. The box comes complete with notes on the fossils and can be personalised with your name as the paleontologist who discovered them.

 The Special Edition Fossil Hamper:

A double layer presentation box  which includes everything in the Collectors box above and also the two ' Hero' chocolates of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Megalodon. The box comes complete with notes about the fossils and can be personalised with your name as the paleontologist who discovered them!

Signed prints.

These are from my pencil drawings of dead insects and are limited edition, signed litho prints (130mm x 180mm) with a mount.

  • Profile Bee
  • Aerial Bee
  • Bumble bee 'fluffy legs'
  • Wasp

Profile BeeAerial BeeBumble Bee Fluffy Legs

Mimic Wasp

Dragonfly print. This print comes on an A1 (420 x 595 mm) sized paper with the dragonfly (220 x 175mm) flying into the paper into the bottom left hand corner (as shown in the framed picture).

Get your portrait cast in chocolate!

Here I am carving eyes into a cast of someones head. You get a chocolate portrait AND the plaster one too.

Have your own bespoke chocolates designed and made just for you!

We can discuss and design something together then I will toil until you have a totally unique edible artwork just for you.

How “The Edible Museum” Started  

As a classically trained sculptor (graduated Norwich and Goldsmiths) I had exhibited in galleries and worked on wax work figures and props for museums before realising I could combine my passion for sculpture with my addiction to chocolate and cake. 

After making chocolate vertebrae for a show at St Bart’s Pathology museum the idea for edible chocolate artefacts was born. I could explore my own artwork and interests in vanitas - in an edible medium. One that lasted long enough to be viewed, exhibited and enjoyed before being consumed and destroyed.

Now located in the Essex countryside I have created high quality (and eminently edible) natural world items and even been shortlisted for The Great British food awards. I am setting up links with wildlife charities to raise money for pretecting our precious environment as this is something I beleive in strongly.  My pieces have been sent to Harvard and UCL, and feted for their educational and artistic value as well as their delicious taste.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

'Tasty' Gift Voucher - enjoy our chocolates anytime over the next year. You could exchange a voucher for a heart at Valentines or you can wait and see what the new range of chocolates holds when the studio is up and running at Easter!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

A bite size sample box of chocolate fossils and a handwritten thank you for believing in my project. Includes postage within UK

£18 or more

£18 Reward

World P&P - A bite size sample box of chocolate fossils and a handwritten thank you for believing in me & my project.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

'Treat me' Gift Voucher - enjoy our chocolates anytime over the next year. You could exchange a voucher for a heart at Valentines or you can wait and see what the new range of chocolates holds when the studio is up and running at Easter!

£25 or more

22 of 20 claimed

£25 Reward

A 'Hero' chocolate: Choose either Heart, Starfish, T Rex tooth, Megalodon Tooth or Natterjack Toad. Limited to 20 per design so be quick. Includes postage within UK

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Bees & Wasp prints size A6 limited edition, signed litho prints with a mount. Images of each print are in the pitch text for you to choose from. Includes postage within UK

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Worldwide P&P - Bees & Wasp prints size A6 limited edition, signed litho prints with a mount. Images of each print are in the pitch text for you to choose from. Includes postage to Europe, USA & rest of world

£25 or more

8 of 40 claimed

£25 Reward

UK P&P - A 'Hero' chocolate: Choose either Heart, Starfish, T Rex tooth, Megalodon Tooth or Natterjack Toad. Includes postage within UK

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Europe Postage - A 'Hero' chocolate: Choose Heart, Starfish, T Rex tooth, Megalodon Tooth or Natterjack Toad. Limited to 20 per design.

£35 or more

£35 Reward

World P&P - A 'Hero' chocolate: Choose either Heart, Starfish, T Rex tooth, Megalodon Tooth or Natterjack Toad. Limited to 20 per design so be quick.

£50 or more

28 of 50 claimed

£50 Reward

Fossil Collectors Box: Wooden presentation box with 16 prime examples of Trilobites, Ammonites, Brachiopods & Sharks teeth. The box comes complete with notes about the fossils and can be personalised with your name as the paleontologist who discovered them! Includes postage within UK

£50 or more

£50 Reward

'Indulge' Gift Voucher - enjoy our chocolates anytime over the next year. You could exchange a voucher for a heart at Valentines or you can wait and see what the new range of chocolates holds when the studio is up and running at Easter!

£55 or more

£55 Reward

Europe P&P - Fossil Collectors Box: Wooden presentation box with 16 prime examples of Trilobites, Ammonites, Brachiopods & Sharks teeth. The box comes complete with notes about the fossils and can be personalised with your name as the paleontologist who discovered them! Includes postage to Europe

£60 or more

£60 Reward

Dragonfly print (large A1 size) , signed and editioned. This print comes on an A1 (420 x 595 mm) sized paper with the dragonfly (220 x 175mm) flying into the paper from the bottom left hand corner. I drew this using just a pencil from a dead . The pencil drawing has been beautifully litho printed and retains all the pencil markings and fine details. I drew this beautiful Hawker dragonfly on cartridge paper. No magnifying glass or special equipment, just a retractable pencil and some daylight. These are lithographic prints of the original and have a fantastic level of detail. They are printed on high quality paper and come in a postal tube for protection. Includes postage within UK

£60 or more

£60 Reward

World P&P - Fossil Collectors Box: Wooden presentation box with 16 prime examples of Trilobites, Ammonites, Brachiopods & Sharks teeth. The box comes complete with notes about the fossils and can be personalised with your name as the paleontologist who discovered them! Includes postage to world zones 1 & 2 ie USA and rest of the world

£60 or more

£60 Reward

World P&P - Dragonfly print (large A1 size) , signed and editioned. This print comes on an A1 (420 x 595 mm) sized paper with the dragonfly (220 x 175mm) flying into the paper from the bottom left hand corner. I drew this using just a pencil from a dead . The pencil drawing has been beautifully litho printed and retains all the pencil markings and fine details. I drew this beautiful Hawker dragonfly on cartridge paper. No magnifying glass or special equipment, just a retractable pencil and some daylight. These are lithographic prints of the original and have a fantastic level of detail. They are printed on high quality paper and come in a postal tube for protection. Includes worldwide postage

£100 or more

£100 Reward

One of Each: A Hero Chocolate, A Bee Print & A Fossil Collectors box. Please let me know which hero chocolate and which A6 print you would like and also if you would like your Collectors box personalised with a name Includes postage within UK

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Set of 4 Bee & Wasp prints Includes postage within the UK

£100 or more

£100 Reward

World P&P Set of 4 Bee & Wasp prints

£115 or more

£115 Reward

World P&P One of Each: A Hero Chocolate, Print & Fossil Collectors box. Please let me know which hero chocolate and which A6 print you would like and also if you would like your Collectors box personalised with a name Includes postage to Europe, USA & rest of world

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Set of all 5 prints: One large Dragonfly print & all 4 smaller Bee & Wasp prints. Signed and editioned. Includes postage within UK

£150 or more

£150 Reward

World P&P Set of all 5 prints: large Dragonfly print & all 4 smaller Bee & Wasp prints. Signed and editioned. Includes postage to Europe, USA & rest of world

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Triple Chocolate Print Combo: 2 Hero Chocolates, A Fossil Collectors box, & all 5 insect Prints Includes postage within UK

£260 or more

£260 Reward

World P&P Triple Chocolate Print Combo: 2 Hero Chocolates, A Fossil Collectors box, & all 5 insect Prints Includes postage to Europe, USA & rest of world Let me know which hero chocolates you would like!

£375 or more

£375 Reward

Complete Box Set: All 6 Hero Chocolates & all 5 Prints AND the Special Edition Fossil Hamper. The hamper is a double layer presentation box of all the fossils. In total you get: T.Rex tooth & Megalodon tooth & 16 Ammonites, Trilobites and sharks teeth in a wooden chest plus the Natterjack Toad, Starfish, 2 Conch shells & Heart individually boxed & all the 5 prints signed and editioned. Includes postage within UK

£395 or more

£395 Reward

World P&P - Complete Box Set: All 6 Hero Chocolates, all 5 Prints AND the Special Edition Fossil Hamper. The Hamper is a double layer presentation box of ALL the fossils including the T.Rex & Megalodon teeth. In total you get: T.Rex tooth & Megalodon tooth & 16 Ammonites, Trilobites and sharks teeth in a wooden chest + the Natterjack Toad + Starfish +2 Conch shells & + Heart individually boxed + all the 5 prints signed and editioned. Includes postage to Europe, USA & world

£750 or more

£750 Reward

Workshop Package: The £375 level PLUS a day chocolate workshop with lunch once the studio is built (Spring - Summer 2017). In total you get: The Special Edition Fossil Hamper (T.Rex tooth & Megalodon tooth & 16 Ammonites, Trilobites and Sharks teeth in a double layer presentation box) PLUS the Natterjack Toad, Starfish, 2 Conch shells & Heart individually boxed PLUS all the 5 prints signed and editioned. All this posted within UK by Christmas PLUS a day workshop making your own amazing chocolates and learning about chocolate complete with lunch.

£2,500 or more

£2,500 Reward

Chocolate Factory: The £300 level PLUS a day workshop for 6. Can be tailored to suit adults, children or a family. Includes lunch and you go home with hampers of chocolates! In total you get: The Special Edition Fossil Hamper (T.Rex tooth & Megalodon tooth & 16 Ammonites, Trilobites and Sharks teeth in a wooden, double layer presentation box) PLUS the Natterjack Toad, Starfish, 2 Conch shells & Heart individually boxed PLUS all the 5 prints signed and editioned. All this posted within UK by Christmas PLUS a day workshop for 6.

£3,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£3,000 Reward

Bespoke Chocolate Design: A chocolate sculpture designed just for you! PLUS the £375 level. We will work together to decide on a design then I shall sketch, sculpt, cast, mould and toil to make a set of 100 chocolates just for you. You can have more made at a later date too if you like. (timescale TBA) The £375 level box set of chocs and prints includes postage within UK by Dec 16th

£5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£5,000 Reward

Immortalised in chocolate: your family portraits in chocolate PLUS £375 level box set. All the chocolates and prints PLUS Come and see where it all happens here in North Essex. I shall cast your faces (up to 4 people) then shall sculpt, mould and craft until you have 4 chocolate portraits. You ALSO get to keep the plaster sculptures. Children under 8 may find this tricky so I can instead cast hands and a smaller section of their face. Time TBA. The £375 level package includes postage within UK by Dec 16th


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