In today’s world, there are many ways to build a network of supportive individuals.

In today’s world, there are many ways to build a network of supportive individuals. People can connect through face-to-face interaction or online communication. While many are looking closer at the internet to sell items, Christi Becker is waiting the move her studio to Lindsborg’s Main Street and into the public’s eye. She is opening a small boutique called Chestnut Studios that will sell handmade items, antiques and her ceramic wares that she will make at the shop/studio.
Becker has taken to her internet community to help fund the expansion of her ceramic studio. She has launched a Kickstarter.com project, giving people the chance to pledge various amounts to her project for a ceramic gift in return.
There are many rewards so that donors can find the perfect gift with tiers ranging from $1 to $1,200.
“Every donor counts, so even the smallest donation will get something in return,” Becker said.
Becker has recently shown work at her solo senior exhibition at Bethany College and is thrilled at the idea of a life filled with art. She said she believes an artist must be self-motivated and is ready to pave her own path.
“I cannot be successful unless I continue to create artwork and market myself to the public. I want people to know that I am here and I have something great to offer,” Becker said.
Becker has been creating work out of her studio in her laundry room and truly enjoys the benefits of having a studio at home. She has been concentrating on functional work that is meant to bring light to a person’s daily routine. That being said, she has run out of room and cannot create the high volumes that she would like.
With the help of this Kickstarter project, Becker will be expanding her studio to accommodate higher quantities of work.
Chestnut Studios will make its appearance soon, hopefully as early as May 1. Customers that pop into her store will get to see first-hand how her ceramic work is made and the opportunity to leave with a unique item.
Those who would like to support Becker’s project can find her at www.kickstarter.com/projects/chestnutstudios/chestnut-studios-expansion-and-grand-opening or through her business Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chestnutstudiosconsignment.