135…Patreon

by frances doherty on March 10, 2015

I have recently joined a new crowdfunding website called Patreon. This has a very interesting concept. Most crowdfunding sites are there for raising a particular sum of money for a specific project, but Patreon is different. It works more in the old fashioned way of patronage for artists, except that this can now be done by micro economy rather than one person having to support one artist. In this way artists can be supported by many people for sometimes very small amounts of money in return for exclusive content of some kind….this may be access to videos, music, images or in my case, small stoneware ‘sketches’.

Anyone who knows me will know how hard I work at my craft. It’s great that I am able to do that but the continual making doesn’t always allow enough time for experimenting and coming up with new ideas. For this I need to spend a day or two each month playing around with clay and coming up with new forms.

sketch 1

sketch 1

For me sketching on paper doesn’t really work, I need to work in 3 dimensions and do any problem solving at this stage.

sketch 2

sketch 2

I can also try out new colours and glazes on these little sketches,

sketch 3

sketch 3

and there isn’t the pressure to always get things right….I can make mistakes, and hopefully have some happy accidents that help me to go off in a new direction.

For the people who support me on Patreon, I would fire these little sketches and send them off as pledges on a monthly basis. If you’re intrigued by this and would like to investigate further then follow this link to my Patreon page where all is explained. It is an American site, but sterling or euros are converted automatically.    https://www.patreon.com/ceramicgardener

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