Help Me Create My Pottery Studio

$1,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 19 months
Jan Fisher
on behalf of Jim McDowell
 WEAVERVILLE, NC
I've been a studio potter for well over thirty years, but that came to an end this past October because of an accidental fire in a space I was leasing. That's why I need your help.

I've been blessed to receive teaching residencies in schools and studios since then, and through the help of friends I've been able to occasionally use their wheels or kilns. One friend is storing two of my kilns in an old van! My studio stuff is everywhere right now. In order to continue to teach and create, I need my own place.

Jan and I have staked out an outline of a studio in our yard. There's just enough room and I have my permit to build! We envision it standing there and need to begin as soon as possible. All we need are funds. If anyone who ever took a lesson from me (and learned to throw immediately!), bought a piece of functional pottery that's still beloved, treasures one of my face jugs they purchased, or watched and enjoyed a pottery demonstration gave an amount to this cause, I'd be able to continue on.

Another cause you'd support is the history of the face jugs that I create inspired directly from the funerary practices of my African ancestors, a practice that was brought to the American South by enslaved people. Yes, there were slave potters, one of whom was an ancestor of mine.

Recently, at a studio in Virginia, I taught a student to center clay and  throw a good pot with confidence. She told me she'd been taking lessons on and off for six years and was about to give up. This, along with teaching an unknown segment of history, is why I do what I do. I hope you'll want to be a part of it.

Thanks so much and stay centered now,
Jim McDowell, the Black Potter
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Thanks to all who continue to give to the building fund! No amount is too small....or large!
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The generosity is overwhelming, but we still have a ways to go. Give what you can. We see your heart.
Jim loves bringing art/joy into schools!
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$1,370 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 19 months
Created April 2, 2017
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$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
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$40
Holly Smith
18 months ago

happy

JJ
$50
Jeaneen Jernigan
18 months ago

Good luck, Jim!

$100
Anonymous
18 months ago
$200
Tom Cash
19 months ago

Love you both !

$50
Anonymous
19 months ago
$50
Kevin Hall
19 months ago

We've got to make this happen!

TC
$200
Terry and Barbara Capron
19 months ago

Love the Cuzzies

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