You know I am absolutely passionate about getting art/craft/design out into the world. So when ceramicist Adero Willard (who I featured here) contacted me recently about this awesome Kickstarter she is involved in, I had to spread the word. It’s called Pots on Wheels, or POW! for short.
Adero and six other ceramicists are fitting out a 17ft step-through van as a mobile ceramics gallery, displaying a diverse range of work from over 100 artists, including Molly Hatch and Ayumie Horie. The idea is to spread their passion for ceramics and share it those who may not have had the opportunity to touch potter’s clay before, or even know how a pot is made. Starting from the New England area of the US, they are driving around delivering workshops and hands-on education to communities, by visiting schools and community centres, and talking to people of all ages. “We believe that fine craft makes people happy. We want to share the joys of making with a larger audience. We’ll give hands-on workshops, and encourage new audiences, both young and old, to see, touch and experience well-made functional ceramics, made by a wide-range of contemporary artists.”
Besides the mobile gallery and workshops, the artists of POW! believe that the excitement generated through this project will spark new conversations, collaborations and outstanding new projects amongst artists, communities and arts organisations.
With the Kickstarter program, there are some great rewards for people who pledge funds, including t-shirts, totally gorgeous original ceramics (shipped anywhere in the world), and even a visit to your location by Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor, who will make pots and tell stories in front of your very eyes!! Sounds intriguing and very entertaining!
It all sounds awesome, and I wish I could be there…
You can find POW!’s Kickstarter here. Get to it and support hands-on craft!