Unpaid Interns, KickStarter Update, and a Contest, I suppose

Hello there everyone!

Where are you and what are you doing?  I just dropped my mom off at the airport in Providence.  She and my sister, Jen, were here for about a week, for graduation (which my dad came to too, but he had to leave early to go back to work).  I had promised them a luxurious vacation, going to Boston, Cape Cod, New York, and maybe even Montreal… well… they ended up being unpaid interns at Amy Uthus Ceramics instead!

It took me a lot longer to pack up my art and move out of my school studio than I thought it would.  Whoops.  They both worked really hard and maintained a great sense of humor about it though, which I appreciated.  Thank you both for all your help!  If I can remember to bring my memory card with me next time I’m at a computer with internet I’ll post some pictures of what my studio looked like prior to their arrival 🙂  and maybe I’ll post a picture of what my apartment looked like prior to the MFA show’s opening reception.  I might be too embarrassed to do that though…

Anyway, I’m writing to remind y’all (can I use that term even though I’m from ND?) about my KickStarter project, which is hopefully going to be used to fund my first post-graduation, professional show (in Loveland, CO).  I’ll have two pieces in the show – the one described on the project’s page http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325571772/bring-1500-an-interactive-artwork-to-loveland-co and another one, called Invincible Summer, that will consist of 12 17″ x 19″ x 2mm thick lighted porcelain panels.  I’m looking for any help anyone is willing to give to get this project off the ground — What’s in your couch cushions these days??  Pledging is really easy – it only takes a couple of minutes.  So far the project is 47% funded.

Thanks to some amazing assistance designing and building crates, packing said crates, and hauling them to a shipping center, 1500 and Invincible Summer are on their way to Colorado as we speak!  They should arrive on Wednesday, June 6th.

Thank you to all the backers who have pledged support so far: Jackie and Eric, Jen, Sarah, Erika, Matt, John, Molly, Abbie, and Avery, and to the people who have been helping me with the aforementioned physical aspects of the project: My mom and sister, Shingo, Jim, Avery, Jessica, Allie.  You all are great!  I appreciate each and every one of you.

I’d also be most grateful if you could pass this project and link http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325571772/bring-1500-an-interactive-artwork-to-loveland-co on to your friends in person or via email, facebook, twitter, linkedin, skype, blog, phone convo, texting, sign language, hand written letter, telepathy, telegraph, etc… there are only 12 days left to raise the remaining $562 needed to reach the goal of $1067.  1500 needs word-of-mouth help from people like you to succeed.  I’m really looking forward to installing this piece.  I’ve never made a piece where all the parts get taken away by the viewers (each person will be invited to take one of the 1,500 individual pieces home with them).

The organizers are expecting well over 1,000 people to see the art during a period of three days, which is great exposure for me at the beginning of my career.  It also should be a pretty sweet adventure (I was told the exhibition building, an old grain elevator, is currently inhabited by raccoons who “keep crapping all over”).  I’ll leave you with that lovely image 🙂  Hee hee!

Thank you for your help!
Amy

Also, if you made it to the bottom of this post, good for you!  Let’s have another contest, shall we?  Guess how much the actual shipping charges were to ship 2 crates and 2 boxes full of work to Colorado – person who’s closest wins.  Winner will receive one of my handmade translucent porcelain cups, shipped to your door (US only, sorry!).  Contest will end on Wednesday, June 6th, at whatever time I find access to the internet that day.

This rule is for my dad: one guess per person.  This rule is for me: you must be ‘following’ this blog to be eligible.

Ready, set, go!

Want to win a handmade cup? And the MFA thesis show (finally!)

Hey!  Where are you and what are you doing?  I’m sitting in my studio, waiting to have a meeting with my adviser.  I’m hoping he’ll have some novel ideas about shipping my work.  I have a show in Colorado in June, and I did a shipping estimate for it yesterday.   Guess how much it was?  The person who guesses closest will win one of my small translucent porcelain cups!

Winner’s cup may differ from what is shown here.

I’m going to be strict here, and say you must be following this blog in order for your guess to be counted.  How do you do that?  Simple: enter your email address in the box on the right hand side of the page where it says, “Stay in the loop!”  Leave your guesses in the comment section here; the contest will end & the winner will be notified on Sunday at 5pm ET.

Alrighty then.  As you begin formulating your guesses, I’ll enthrall you with the remainder of this post.

As I was saying, I got the shipping estimate.  It’s now clear to me that I either:

a) need to find a wealthy sponsor

or

b) need to figure out a different way to ship my pieces,

since:

c) I’m not willing to change my work

and

d) I don’t own a teleporter.

I really hope I can figure this out, because I’m not sure I can afford to do the show otherwise.

Moving on, here are some pictures from the MFA thesis show opening reception, which was held on April 7th.  It was really fun to see everyone who came out to the show.  Extra high highlights were my parents, who flew in from ND, Meredith Morten, who many of you might remember from my adventures at the ICS in Hungary last fall, and Bethany Rusen and David Doktor, who braved the east coast traffic from Philadelphia. 🙂

Click on one to open a photo viewer.  The photos end with the installation process for my 22′ porcelain column.