fight bullies and make art happen

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Raised by 25 people in 41 months
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Campaign update 7/2/15
The past 48 hours have been brutal. Tuesday I had an appeal with the board at 10am (my original leave time was 5pm that day).  At 7pm my lawyer received a letter from their attorney with the "no" response (citing basically that "you know what you did" as a reason) and a move-out time of 5pm the following day. I ran to Target, bought some plastic storage bins, and started packing. My apprentice came after she was finished teaching TaeKwonDo and we packed until after midnight. I spent the night stuffing everything I own into my bedroom to make space. We returned at 7am, loaded all the finished pieces into my truck ->living room and returned. It took 5 truck loads, and my studio is now in two garages, one porch, and filling every free inch of my house. Out.

I am signing a short term contract on Monday to use another space until I leave for school. But that still leaves my apprentice high and dry. She was offered space at the old studio, but doesn't feel safe going back. I found Erin on Instagram (really) a little over a year ago, working at the Iowa State Workspace. I saw what she was doing, the talent and potential she had, and asked her to meet for coffee. I offered her an apprenticeship- to share my studio space, use all my tools and equipment, and I would mentor her and teach her all my techniques, in return for some help in the studio. She has been the most amazing gift I've ever received. Her dedication, talent, and intelligent are so incredible. She's recently sold work at several local art markets, and is displaying at one gallery with more in the pipeline!

All that leads me to the asking: Go Fund Me. I'm going to have some crazy legal expenses because there's no way I'm going to let anyone get away with what's been done to me, at the risk of them doing it to anyone else. There are some wonderful and vulnerable artists still working at my old studio who I am very afraid for, so my fight back is just as much for them as it is to stand up for myself. I also hate to leave my brilliant apprentice behind with nothing, so I'd like to raise some funds to help her get started with her own studio. I'll be donating and loaning some of my tools and equipement for her to use to get started (since I'll have studios with kilns in Boulder in Seattle, I'm going to leave mine with her while I'm away) but she'll need to hire an electrician, buy materials like clay, glaze, underglazes, and somewhere to house the kiln. Help me make this a reality for her.

This weekend we celebrate that our nation is free. Free from opression, free to live as we choose, free to marry, free to speak, free to worship, free from tyrrany and injustice. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just that when it happens, we can fight back and win. LET FREEDOM RING.

Today I received notice I am being evicted from my studio. This is coming after over six months of reporting harassment, sexual harassment, and bullying by other members of my studio against me. The reasoning I was given was that I was determined to be the cause of the "disruption" and the solution to end the conflict in the best interest of the organization is for me to leave.

I am a full time artist. To be forced to leave my studio is the equivalent of being fired. There are no alternative spaces in which I will be able to work where I live, and I will be unable to fufill contracts and orders I have already promised. I am only at the beginning of my career, having been an established figure in the ceramics field since 2009. I've shown work all over the United States, have been featured in several ceramics publications, volunteered and worked to help further the arts and community within my studio, city, state and nationally. 

I was already planning to leave this studio in August, as I've been accepted to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am self-supported and have no other source of income. I am asking for your help to support my now legal battle and moving expenses, as without an income I will be left without resources to find a new home and relocate to Colorado to further my ceramic education and make myself a better artist.

This has been absolutely devastating, to be victimized and punished for speaking up for myself. As artists we should support each other, celebrate our successes together and create a community of sharing, not tear each other down.

(Rewards will be sent once I have a working studio again, which will definitely mean pre-holiday shipping)

Amanda M Barr Ceramics 

Erin Carpenter Pottery
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Wicked cool update (yes it's 1993). Signed a short term lease to work in an unused space at the Octagon today. Moving in with Erin on Monday until I leave at the end of August. That gives us time to earn the money and get her basement set up as a studio for her to work in while I'm in Boulder/Seattle. Some electrical work is needed, ventilation and she'll need a wheel by December, but it's a huge help to have this much sorted! Big yard sale/fundraiser is July 18 in Ames. Mark yer calendars!
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A great way to show support and have an awesome time is this weekend's Des Moines Arts Festival! Booth 15w8 at the corner of Grand and 15th near the Gas Lamp and the giant paint can. All sorts of new work (some of which has been created in reaction to all the stress lately) showing up.
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Feeling so much love. It's keeping me sane while working every day in a studio that actively doesn't want me there. Thank you all. I'm going to finish these projects and whatever happens next will work out. Legal things are being thrown back and forth, I'm just going to let the pros sort that out and keep working hard, thanks to all of you, again. <3
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You all just absolutely floor me. Going through something like this, I'd started to believe that it was my fault, that I was truly the problem. Fighting back can be really lonely, but you have all, with comments, donations, messages and calls, shown me that I'm not alone.

Last night, after receiving the letter and wondering if I'd be able to even work today, I wept in sorrow and in shame. Tonight I'm crying tears of joy at the love I've been shown. Thank you.
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$2,018 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 41 months
Created June 15, 2015
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Limited edition Iowa 22k gold ring bowl!
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Get a "make fucking lemonade" design t-shirt. Same design from the ceramics, screenprinted on an american apparel shirt!
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Snazzy new mug, handmade with love and probably some clay. More than likely.
It's a surprise
What will it be? Probably awesome. I'll make something JUST FOR YOU.
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Like that lemonade jar? I'll make a limited amount more, just for you fine folks. Make fucking lemonade, y'all. (5" high)
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I'm going to be making new things at school. You get dibs on the first whatever you want up to $300 of work retail price. Snap it up.
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You're amazing. I'm crying. Let's be bffs. I will learn ukelele and write you a song.
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Holy crap I love you. We will work together and I will make you some custom dinnerware. Full on, all the pieces, plates, bowls, cups, serving... for six.
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Gabrielle Perry
41 months ago

Darlin, I have no idea what is going on but it sounds like a mess! If there is anything I can do let me know!

Alex Karei
41 months ago

Keep your head up girl :).

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