Sunday, September 20, 2015

What Now?

On August 5, the Kickstarter project concluded unsuccessfully. Because I was unable to meet the goal of $70,000, was unable to raise any of the money pledged to the building project.

So now what? Well, there's an answer to that.

The good news is that over 60 people pledged a total of $11,500 tot he project, and while I wasn't able to collect it, it did show me what was possible. I will be staying in touch with those backers to keep them up to date on developments as the project moves forward. And move forward it will. How?

Well, there is the classic business approach. I am putting a business plan together and will present it to the bank soon. Once I secure the backing of the bank, I will mount a new project on Indiegogo to raise as much as possible. Because Indiegogo is a flexible funding platform, I will be able to collect whatever funds I raise regardless of the actual goal. The goal will be far smaller and so more achievable. that should help guarantee success. Any funds raised through crowdfunding will go to finish off the building - drywall, heating and a couple pieces of equipment that will be needed and are not directly related to construction.

So things are in a holding pattern for a short time while I get the business plan finished and ready to go. I hope you will stay along for the ride because it's bound to get even more exciting!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kickstarter Update

We're almost halfway through the Kickstarter campaign and currently I am 8% funded. That's not a big deal as campaigns on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites don't really heat up until about the halfway mark.

The big publicity push has started. I sent out a brochure to my mailing list and am putting stacks of them wherever I can find the space. The local print media will be featuring the story soon as well.

And today I spoke with WABI Channel 5 news. The result was really great!

I still need to raise $63,805 and there are 15 days yet to go. Please spread the word! The Kickstarter can be found here.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

My Kickstarter Has Launched!

After three years of talking about it, planning it, and getting organized with building plans, contractors and business advisers, my long-awaited Lowell Hill Pottery Kickstarter Project is finally live and online!

The goal is $70,000 and it has to be reached by August 5. That's not a long time to go a very long way, but I believe in my heart that it is possible. Below are some of my reward offerings if you want a peek.

You can find out more on the Kickstarter site by clicking on the LHP Kickstarter link in the first paragraph or by going to my website.

I hope you will join me in this endeavor and help bring new life and longevity to the Rowantrees legacy!

And now, the rewards! You can click on the pictures to see a complete description.
The Gazing Fox ornament - $35 contribution
Mugs - 1 for $50 contribution, 2 for $100 (you can add 1 more for each $50)
For the H.P. Lovecraft fans, I have the Cthulhu Sushi Plate for a $100 contribution.
The Bamboo Vase - 1 for a $250 contribution or a pair for $500
Dinnerware Sets start at the $1,000 contribution level

Please spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your local grapevine, mail, email, pony express or any other network to which you belong. I'm going to need a lot of backers to bring this off and I just know they're out there!

Look here for updates as time moves on.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Getting the Word Out

I have set the date for my Kickstarter launch. I will kick things off on Monday July 6. Now I need to get the word out and that is where all of my friends, their friends and their friends' friends can help. I will be posting the link here, on my website and in my blogs. Please help me spread the word and get the ball rolling. The goal is $70,000 and I will have 30 days to make that goal. Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" venture, so I am working hard to succeed at this. I cannot do it alone.
Please stay tuned. I will be posting pictures of some of my rewards. You can also find them on my pottery website at:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

For the H.P. Lovecraft Fans

Some time back, I began a series of tiles with relief sculptures of mythological creatures on them. Those remain in progress, but the whole idea - and a suggestion from a friend - got me thinking about expanding on the idea.

This is decidedly not Rowantrees, but the need to express myself artistically and i my very own style is deeply important to me. It's a body and soul thing. In fact, I often worked on ideas of my own while I was working at Rowantrees. Sheila encouraged that sort of exploration (on my own time, of course) and lent considerable support and advice in those efforts.

So this isn't all that far from the apple tree. It is, however, somewhat around the bend. I am a recent convert to the literature of H.P. Lovecraft although I have been familiar with it all of my life. Many of my friends are ardent fans and still others play role playing games based on the mythos he created. With that in mind, and with the Kickstarter campaign set to launch soon, I decided to offer something that Lovecraft fans might find interesting and fun.

Enter Cthulhu (if you dare). The best known of the Great Old Ones is the subject of Lovecraft's novella The Call of Cthulhu.

And he's a badass.

This is a plate intended for sushi, but anything that floats your boat would probably do fine. The sculpture is low profile so anything that can be set down and picked up discreetly will go nicely on it. Many may simply choose to put it on display and leave it at that. After all, the wrath of a creature like this won't be assuaged by piling food on it.

Or will it? You decide.
Cthulhu Plate

Cthulhu - work in progress
Cthulhu stares out from his home at R'Lyeh, awaiting the day when the stars align in the right manner to allow his underwater domain to rise out of the sea. He seems anxious for the day as he reaches out from beneath this vessel to snatch it away from you ad claim it for his own.

Because of the method I am using to make these plates, no two will be exactly alike. You can follow the progress of this project on my Lowell Hill Pottery Facebook page. I'll be posting more about it here as well.

These plates will be made in a limited, numbered edition. Other Cthulhu plates will no doubt surface in the future, but the design will not be the same. The projected price/Kickstarter contribution level will be $100.