Help the Madison Potters Guild!

$3,605 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 49 months
Help the Madison Potters’ Guild reach its 50th birthday!

It all started in 1965 when a group of local potters decided to join forces, pooling limited resources in a community effort to create the infrastructure they needed to exercise their craft. Since then, the Madison Potters’ Guild has been going strong, and has been a  cornerstone of the local arts community for nearly fifty years. But now an unexpected and costly ventilation problem has come to jeopardize this proud cooperative tradition.

Since the 1970’s, the Guild has occupied a 1200 square-foot commercial unit on Terrace Avenue in the heart of Middleton. We have a great space that provides us with enough room for two large gas reduction kilns, sufficient work area, and storage for over fifty glazes and other supplies. Generally, ceramic artists have a very small studio budget, but with our current setup thirteen local artist are able to share a great glazing and firing space that would be out of any average potter’s price range. Even beyond that, being a working artist can at times be a solitary existence, but when you work among a group of dedicated artists, everyone benefits from the camaraderie and learns from the experience of others.

However, today the Madison Potters’ Guild needs your help! It has come to light that a major overhaul of our ventilation system is necessary in order to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, and the huge price-tag of this job means that firing has come to a standstill and the future of the Guild is now uncertain. The high-heat, cone ten reduction firing technique requires an effective and reliable ventilation system, and because we occupy a commercial space, we are required to meet very strict standards to ensure a safe firing facility. Our main goal is to bring our operation into compliance so that we can once again fire up the kilns and keep all of our members in business. Some of our members use this space for their full-time work, and all thirteen of our member potters have been without a glazing and firing facility for nearly two months now. We’re all starting to feel the strain, but you can help! In an effort to ensure the future of this 50-year-old community institution, we are reaching out to the wider community in an attempt to raise $15,000 to offset the necessary HVAC work. Please give what you can to help the Madison Potters’ Guild continue to be a vibrant force in our local arts community.

Our first goal is to raise enough money to fix the HVAC system and keep us firing. If we are able to raise more money we will put it towards buying a permanent home for the Guild. If we are able to have a permanet space we hope to never find ourselves in this situation again.

All rewards for donations will be mailed out over the next 6 months. Some rewards we have made already but some items will need to be made once the kilns are up and running.
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Big thank you to all the recent donations! We're moving forward with updating the ventilation, but are still accepting donations :)
In case you might not have seen, we were in the Wisconsin State Journal this past Monday! It was a a very well written article. Please share!
Here is the link:

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Sorry it's been so long since we've been in communication!
We are on the brink of making a decision and jumping into our mini-renovation. Unfortunately, it is hard to communicate quickly with large Engineering firms, so we have to patiently wait to hear back on proposals, etc.
If anyone missed the opportunity to donate, now is your chance! We're on the final lap :)

I'd like to send out a HUGE thank you to anyone who has already donate, shared, or backed us in any way. We never expected to see such high levels of support, and we are all truly grateful.

Thank you everyone!

8 of our 11 members at our last meeting.
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Happy Monday!
We have cleared the $1,000 mark! Big thanks to everybody who has shared or contributed to this campaign!
Today's artist is Jo Krueger. She is one of our more quiet members, but the more I get to know her the more intrigued I become! Talk about talented. Not only does she work in many different mediums of art, she had an entire career in many areas of science!

"I majored in Chemistry, Zoology and Physics, and interned a year in Medical Technology before graduated in 1967. I did research in physiological chemistry for 20 years before joining the Microbiology Department as part of the University Hospital's Diagnostic laboratories. I have been retired for 6 years now, and have many interests. My work in the area of art includes portraits, work with fabrics, watercolor and best of all pottery. I have been a member of the Madison Potters Guild in previous years and 2 years ago was accepted again as a member. I've been lucky enough to have worked with potters in this Guild who have amazed me with their talent. I hope to continue to do so." -Jo Krueger
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Alright folks, we're almost to $1,000! We're moving forward with our ventilation plans, and every dollar counts!
Our artist today is Daniela Rumpf. She is a mother of an ADORABLE little blonde with crazy hair, and a wonderful potter. Daniela sells her pottery under the name of Upham Street Pottery, and you can view work here:
She has been such a valuable member in our quest to return the guild to its original glory, and her helpfulness even goes beyond this. She is a strong woman with a lot of sass, and she is always willing to help out any member of the guild. She's a real do-it-yourself woman, and she's even offered up the use of her beloved power tools for the occasional shelf building session!

"Working with clay and making functional pottery is incredibly satisfying. I have been making pots since I took my first class in college in the summer of 2000. I continued my formal training in ceramics and received both a BFA and MFA for my sculptural ceramics work. Now I am working to create a body of work that is functional as well as decorative. My work reflects the need to borrow from other areas of craft that I also have fallen in love with. This includes sewing, knitting and also home renovating. I hand-built and throw and I enjoy both methods equally. I strive to make every piece a little bit unique and you might find things to be similar in size but still have variation." -Daniela Rumpf

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Raised by 52 people in 49 months
Created October 29, 2014
Trinket Dish
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Trillium Dish
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Ring Dish
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Shot Glass
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Small Bowl
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Circle Bowl
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Leaf Dish
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Carved Mug
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Donate $95 or more and you will receive a hand thrown snowman created by Beth Rasmussen
Cone Flower Mug
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Pair of Mugs
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Loaf Vase
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Button Mugs
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Serving Dish
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Lisa Mugs
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Set of 2 Mugs
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Tea Pitcher
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Donate $150 dollars or more and you will receive a fountain decorated with hand carved figures made by Jo Krugger.
Tunnel Vase
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Yarn Bowl
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Garlic Keeper
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Wisconsin Plate
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Donate $1000 and Receive a reward of 1 metamorphosis bowl made by Karen Bell. Item will be delivered within 6 months.
Dinner Ware Set
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Donate $5000 and you will receive a one of a kind dinnerware set. Each place setting will be made by a different artist. Item will be shipped within 6 month.
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