This is what our studio looks like currently! After we moved most of the equipment to the shed, we hired some folks to frame our space so we can easily insert insulation.
It took us about four days to build a shed and install a plywood floor. Gustavo's friend, Wallef (grey sweatpants) also helped us for a day and a half--which was much appreciated! The most recent task was to move equipment from the soon-to-be studio to the shed for storage. We are ready to start the insulation process, replace the garage door, and start hooking up the electricity for our kiln!
At midnight, our campaign ended with a total of $6,345 in online donations! The Indiegogo platform will take a small percentage of that, but paired with outside donations, we will receive almost exactly the amount raised. A few months ago, the idea of raising this much money seemed out of reach, but thanks to you, it's almost time to hook up the kilns! We will keep you posted with how the studio setup is going in the coming weeks and months. THANK YOU, EVERYONE!
It's hard to believe, but we have less than $1,000 to go in our Indiegogo campaign! I need to find a better word than "wow." Since we're now officially in week 2 of the campaign, we've just added two new perks! Check them out and click here to see our progress so far >> bit.ly/dirtyEstudios <<
Hello, everyone! Our Indiegogo campaign is going even better than we could have hoped for. In the first week alone, 65 backers have helped us raise $4,570... and the numbers keep going up! If you want to learn more about us, check out the posts below and head on over to our campaign page at bit.ly/dirtyEstudios. Thank you for believing in us.
With your generosity, our campaign was able to raise $1,935 (30% of our goal) in less than 24 hours. This is truly amazing. Because we did so well, Indiegogo featured us on the Arts & Film page, which should get us more coverage. HUGE thank you to everyone who donated so far! bit.ly/dirtyEstudios
WOW. This is unbelievable. Day 1 of the Indiegogo campaign isn't even over yet, and we're so happy to announce we have surpassed $1,000 in less than seven hours. We are overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude. Y'ALL ARE AMAZING!
As emerging artists, it is crucial to have a space to make our work. Renting a studio can cost anywhere from $150 (a low estimate) to $400 per month for ceramic artists in the Boston area, which is virtually unaffordable on top of housing costs. That is why Gustavo Barceloni and I are pooling our resources and creative energy to create our own space called Dirty E Studios! We want to cultivate a space to grow on our own terms. A ceramics studio is a place for us to make our work, but it's also a venue to teach and immerse others in the creative process. We plan to host events, hold classes, and build with our local community of Everett, MA.
To fund this ambitious endeavor, we will be launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign this Friday, September 8th to raise money for the studio.
What We Need & What You Get
Fortunately, we have a space and already own some of the major equipment needed for our studio, including a kiln and wheels. Here are the essentials for setting up a successful and productive studio:
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute to our campaign monetarily, please help us spread the word any way you can! Share our story on social media (especially Facebook and Instagram) and tell your friends/family to do the same. If you do share, please use the hashtags associated with our campaign: #dirtyEstudios #FundOurFire #GetDownWithDirtyE