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The internet is a phenomenal resource for those who know how to use it. I don't claim to be one of those but I have stumbled across some really awesome ideas for funding art projects recently. Kickstarter.com is one such site which allows artists to post their projects in need of funding. I am trying it out and will let you know how successful it will be. Indiegogo is another fundraising site to check out. It is a generalized site though and not just for artists or creative people. You can check out the projects which I have posted to these sites by going to the fundraising page on my website at www.potsbychar.com. Let me know what you think. It seems to me this could be another creative marketing technique.

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Charlotte,

 

First of all, I commend you for pursuing and completing your BFA as a fellow senior adult!  We never, ever stop learning.  Your life-long pursuit of the arts is proof of that. Kudos to you, you are an inspiration!!

I am looking at an indiegogo project for 2014 to raise funds to add a gas kiln to my current studio set up.  I found a number of similar, successful ventures on indiegogo and hope to replicate their efforts.  From my research, the successful projects all have great stories to tell...it is not just a way to raise funds but it is a way to raise funds for something bigger than the individual.  The second feature of successful indiegogo projects is an affordable range of 'perks'.  The most popular 'perks' seem to be in the $15-$25 range...but having items or services (like private throwing lessons) in the $100-$200 range seem to garner fair numbers as well (but locally, of course).

 

I am finally at the building/writing stage for my project.  I have 250 mugs completed/designated for indiegogo, a small team of friends who have agreed to help with social media promotion, and a bunch of images that have to be organized so they match up with my mug inventory.

 

I am still in the work place full time, but have high hopes that a nearby gas kiln may be the push that I need to shift my focus completely to clay arts :)

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Hahaha!  Well, I have often asked myself a similar question about "Yard Sales" and "Garage Sales"...just how often are people in the market to by a 'yard' or a 'garage'? At any rate, buying a 'crowd' does sound rather pricey :)

All joking aside, crowdsourcing has gained momentum since 2006: 10 minute video

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