Shawna N.M. Barnes is creating Sculptures
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     Welcome to the Patreon page for artist Shawna N.M. Barnes - yup, that's me! This page has been set up with a sole purpose - to support the dream/goal of getting a handicap accessible studio built.  While on the surface it may appear to be a selfish desire, at the heart of this dream is something SO MUCH BIGGER than any one person.  The ultimate goal is to continue sharing my passion for the idea of integrating a creative outlet into one's daily routine. By using John Morris' work as the foundation of this idea, I am redefining how people think about creativity and just what that means. "Beyond the Clay" art studio (working name, chosen by my current Patreon subscribers/supporters) will be a place to gather that is accessible for people of ALL abilities, regardless of physical limitations.  It will be a place for the community to gather in a space that fosters togetherness, accessibility, inclusivity, and play.  Your support of this dream will enable me to create this safe space to create and gather, to further the community outreach I currently do, and to bring art to some of the communities who need it most. Waldo County, Maine (where I live) is comprised of 11% Veterans, 6% who identify as having a disability, and another 5-6% who are 65 years old or older and are living alone.  These 3 demographics alone make nearly 25% of the county population who would benefit from the programs I aim to establish once the studio gets built. And long after the studio is built...your support enables the creation of scholarship programs so that those people who are unable to afford an "art as therapy" class can participate.

     I'd like to invite you to join me on this journey. A journey that will show you the behind the scenes techniques utilized for creating these works of art that bridge art and history; of sharing the message of using art to take control of one's own emotional/physical health; a journey towards creating a place for my community to seek (and find) peace through the act of creating. The story of this journey is one that YOU will get to help write. Patreon subscribers are provided opportunities to help decide color schemes, future animals to sculpt, names for the sculptures, content for professional presentations, subject matter for tutorials, and so much more. For a more in-depth look into this big picture idea for my community, I encourage you to check out my blog, www.shawnabarnes.com/blog .

Now that you know a bit about the why and what...how about the 411 on the who?

     I am a ceramic sculptor and teaching artist living in coastal Maine with my hubby and teenage son. My passion/goal is to create sculptures that engage, entertain, and invite conversation.  My signature anthropomorphic style of giving animals humanistic personalities is a favorite among collectors. I have a range of different types of animal sculptures I love creating; pet tribute/memorial pieces, a favorite animal, an animal as memorial for a loved one, a series based on animals of war, and steampunk inspired animals. 

     I am an advocate for “art as therapy” that I refer to as "Beyond the Art" and accessibility in the arts. I promote and believe in the utilization of some sort of creative outlet as part of a self care regimen. Through personal experience, I can know how therapeutic the simple act of creating can be.  In 2017, my art tile class was born when I began teaching it at a local non profit for disabled Veterans and their families – the Travis Mills Foundation. This "pottery painting class" affords an opportunity to introduce this idea/concept of using a creative outlet to help one's self.

     I am a retired differently-abled Iraqi war veteran. I served for nearly 4 years in the US Army as a combat medic.

     I now overcome myasthenia gravis (a neuromuscular autoimmune disease), a seizure disorder, cervical dystonia, peripheral neuropathy, degenerative disc disease, PTSD, and several other obstacles on a daily basis. I use these challenges to help others as I continue to share not only my personal health struggles but the solutions I have developed that allow me to continue to pursue my passion and the purpose I have found in clay.



What do you say?  Are you going to join me on this adventure?
Tiers
Shoutout
$2 or more per month
Every dollar helps!  Even this one!  As a $2 patron, you'll have your name listed as a supporter on my website, www.shawnabarnes.com

Plus a shoutout on my Facebook page so make sure you come follow me!  www.facebook.com/shawna.n.m.barnes 
I'm a Fan!
$5 or more per month
In the $5/mo tier, you will be welcomed with open arms into a private group on Facebook. Here, I post polls and engage with my Patreon family so that YOU become an integral part of my studio practice.  I share the ups and downs of being an artist and give you a raw glimpse into the true struggles behind the scenes. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Invite to secret/closed Facebook group JUST for my Patreon supporters
  • Process/behind-the-scenes videos
  • Patreon exclusive discounts
  • Plus all previous rewards


(Shipping address is for the 6 month and annual loyalty rewards)

Aspiring Art Collector
$10 or more per month
 In the $10/mo tier, you will start getting happy mail in the form of postcards that feature my own original artwork. This one grants you access to the fun picture digital downloads for PERSONAL use. Twice a month I will be posting new digital downloads. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to digital art downloads
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards
Aspiring Apprentice
$12 or more per month
Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  In addition to being welcomed into the private Patreon family group, you get access to a wide variety of in depth tutorials that I create just for YOU!  Many of them are shared here on Patreon, but a catalog/archive of them are hosted on a password protected area on my website as well. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to special tutorial blogs
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards
Art Heals Supporter
$15 or more per month
This tier is geared for those who support the idea of healing through creating!! I am using John Morris' work to help redefine how creativity is defined and perceived. By using this work and incorporating it into my studio practice, I look forward to promoting the notion that it is the process of creation that can hold the key to unlocking immense physiological healing potential in addition to the recognized emotional/psychological benefits.


Summary of Perks:

  • Early access/preview to articles, tutorials, teachables/printables I create, and resources for creative arts and how they help a body heal
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards under the ART APPRENTICE track
Junior Art Collector - US Only
$20 or more per month
  In the $20/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, but you also get a new art miniature every month! The art miniatures are small resin casts created from original sculptures that I created and then made a silicone mold of. Each mini will either be a Patreon exclusive color OR an early release color. 


Summary of Perks:

  • mini sculpture castings
  • Plus all previous rewards
Junior Apprentice - US & International
$25 or more per month
 Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  If you want a little more one on one attention and help with the tutorials, or you want monthly virtual in person classes - this upgraded option from the Aspiring Apprentice level is for you.  You get all the same perks as the aspiring apprentice, but you also get 1 HOUR a month - every month- of quality time with yours truly.  We can use that as class time, art business coaching, co-working, brainstorming, etc. (Does NOT include the art miniature resin cast. That is for the "art collector" track of patrons)


Summary of Perks:

  •  1 hour/month of co-working/virtual class time/art business coaching 
  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to special tutorial blogs
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous APPRENTICE level rewards
Junior Art Collector - International
$26 or more per month
This is the same tier as the $20/mo.  Unfortunately because international shipping is so much higher, I do have to charge a bit extra for my international patrons at this level. 

   

You will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, but you also get a new art miniature every month! The art miniatures are small resin casts created from original sculptures that I created and then made a silicone mold of. Each mini will either be a Patreon exclusive color OR an early release color.   For my international patrons


Summary of Perks:

  •  Random mini sculpture castings 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Senior Art Collector - US Only
$45 or more per month
   In the $45/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, a new art miniature every month, but this tier gives you first dibs on all my new non-commissioned sculptures - kind of like an early release option! On the year anniversary from your initial pledge date - you get to pick ANY animal (mythical beasts included) for me to sculpt just for you. No custom work/pet tributes for this level..  


Summary of Perks:

  • First dibs on all new miniature sculptures
  • Choice of favorite animal small sculpture - NO custom work - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous ART COLLECTOR rewards
Senior Art Collector - International
$50 or more per month
For my international patrons.  This is the same tier as the $45/mo.  Unfortunately because international shipping is so much higher, I do have to charge a bit extra for my international patrons at this level.  At the $50/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, a new art miniature every month, but this tier gives you first dibs on all my new non-commissioned sculptures - kind of like an early release option! On the year anniversary from your initial pledge date - you get to pick ANY animal (mythical beasts included) for me to sculpt just for you. No custom work/pet tributes for this level..   

 

Summary of Perks:

  • First dibs on all new miniature sculptures
  • Choice of favorite animal small sculpture - NO custom work - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous rewards
Senior Apprentice - US & International
$60 or more per month
 Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  If you want a little more one on one attention and help with the tutorials, or you want monthly virtual in person classes - this upgraded option from the Junior Apprentice level is for you.  You get all the same perks as the Junior apprentice, but you also get 3 HOURS a month - every month- of quality time with yours truly.  We can use that as class time, art business coaching, co-working, brainstorming, etc. (Does NOT include the art miniature resin cast. That is for the "art collector" track of patrons)


Summary of Perks:

  • 3 hours/month of co-working/art classes/ business coaching
  • Free access to ALL online paid classes/tutorials
  • Plus all previous apprentice rewards
Ultimate Art Collector - US Only
$75 or more per month
  • Choice of small sculpture - CUSTOM animal/pet - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous rewards
Ultimate Art Collector - International
$80 or more per month
For my international patrons

 

  • Choice of small sculpture - CUSTOM animal/pet - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous reward
Goals
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Goal/Milestone #2-
As you know, the BIG GOAL is to get my handicap accessible studio built. Stage 1 - get the foundation poured. This step will cost $5-6,000. At this level, the studio savings account will be increasing exponentially getting us closer to pouring that foundation so I can invite y'all out for the grand opening! By reaching this milestone, you are ensuring I do not have to dip into my disability stipend to continue pursuing my passion for clay.  You are helping to make me and my budding art career self-supporting/self-sufficient.
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     Welcome to the Patreon page for artist Shawna N.M. Barnes - yup, that's me! This page has been set up with a sole purpose - to support the dream/goal of getting a handicap accessible studio built.  While on the surface it may appear to be a selfish desire, at the heart of this dream is something SO MUCH BIGGER than any one person.  The ultimate goal is to continue sharing my passion for the idea of integrating a creative outlet into one's daily routine. By using John Morris' work as the foundation of this idea, I am redefining how people think about creativity and just what that means. "Beyond the Clay" art studio (working name, chosen by my current Patreon subscribers/supporters) will be a place to gather that is accessible for people of ALL abilities, regardless of physical limitations.  It will be a place for the community to gather in a space that fosters togetherness, accessibility, inclusivity, and play.  Your support of this dream will enable me to create this safe space to create and gather, to further the community outreach I currently do, and to bring art to some of the communities who need it most. Waldo County, Maine (where I live) is comprised of 11% Veterans, 6% who identify as having a disability, and another 5-6% who are 65 years old or older and are living alone.  These 3 demographics alone make nearly 25% of the county population who would benefit from the programs I aim to establish once the studio gets built. And long after the studio is built...your support enables the creation of scholarship programs so that those people who are unable to afford an "art as therapy" class can participate.

     I'd like to invite you to join me on this journey. A journey that will show you the behind the scenes techniques utilized for creating these works of art that bridge art and history; of sharing the message of using art to take control of one's own emotional/physical health; a journey towards creating a place for my community to seek (and find) peace through the act of creating. The story of this journey is one that YOU will get to help write. Patreon subscribers are provided opportunities to help decide color schemes, future animals to sculpt, names for the sculptures, content for professional presentations, subject matter for tutorials, and so much more. For a more in-depth look into this big picture idea for my community, I encourage you to check out my blog, www.shawnabarnes.com/blog .

Now that you know a bit about the why and what...how about the 411 on the who?

     I am a ceramic sculptor and teaching artist living in coastal Maine with my hubby and teenage son. My passion/goal is to create sculptures that engage, entertain, and invite conversation.  My signature anthropomorphic style of giving animals humanistic personalities is a favorite among collectors. I have a range of different types of animal sculptures I love creating; pet tribute/memorial pieces, a favorite animal, an animal as memorial for a loved one, a series based on animals of war, and steampunk inspired animals. 

     I am an advocate for “art as therapy” that I refer to as "Beyond the Art" and accessibility in the arts. I promote and believe in the utilization of some sort of creative outlet as part of a self care regimen. Through personal experience, I can know how therapeutic the simple act of creating can be.  In 2017, my art tile class was born when I began teaching it at a local non profit for disabled Veterans and their families – the Travis Mills Foundation. This "pottery painting class" affords an opportunity to introduce this idea/concept of using a creative outlet to help one's self.

     I am a retired differently-abled Iraqi war veteran. I served for nearly 4 years in the US Army as a combat medic.

     I now overcome myasthenia gravis (a neuromuscular autoimmune disease), a seizure disorder, cervical dystonia, peripheral neuropathy, degenerative disc disease, PTSD, and several other obstacles on a daily basis. I use these challenges to help others as I continue to share not only my personal health struggles but the solutions I have developed that allow me to continue to pursue my passion and the purpose I have found in clay.



What do you say?  Are you going to join me on this adventure?

Recent posts by Shawna N.M. Barnes

Tiers
Shoutout
$2 or more per month
Every dollar helps!  Even this one!  As a $2 patron, you'll have your name listed as a supporter on my website, www.shawnabarnes.com

Plus a shoutout on my Facebook page so make sure you come follow me!  www.facebook.com/shawna.n.m.barnes 
I'm a Fan!
$5 or more per month
In the $5/mo tier, you will be welcomed with open arms into a private group on Facebook. Here, I post polls and engage with my Patreon family so that YOU become an integral part of my studio practice.  I share the ups and downs of being an artist and give you a raw glimpse into the true struggles behind the scenes. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Invite to secret/closed Facebook group JUST for my Patreon supporters
  • Process/behind-the-scenes videos
  • Patreon exclusive discounts
  • Plus all previous rewards


(Shipping address is for the 6 month and annual loyalty rewards)

Aspiring Art Collector
$10 or more per month
 In the $10/mo tier, you will start getting happy mail in the form of postcards that feature my own original artwork. This one grants you access to the fun picture digital downloads for PERSONAL use. Twice a month I will be posting new digital downloads. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to digital art downloads
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards
Aspiring Apprentice
$12 or more per month
Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  In addition to being welcomed into the private Patreon family group, you get access to a wide variety of in depth tutorials that I create just for YOU!  Many of them are shared here on Patreon, but a catalog/archive of them are hosted on a password protected area on my website as well. 


Summary of Perks:

  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to special tutorial blogs
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards
Art Heals Supporter
$15 or more per month
This tier is geared for those who support the idea of healing through creating!! I am using John Morris' work to help redefine how creativity is defined and perceived. By using this work and incorporating it into my studio practice, I look forward to promoting the notion that it is the process of creation that can hold the key to unlocking immense physiological healing potential in addition to the recognized emotional/psychological benefits.


Summary of Perks:

  • Early access/preview to articles, tutorials, teachables/printables I create, and resources for creative arts and how they help a body heal
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous rewards under the ART APPRENTICE track
Junior Art Collector - US Only
$20 or more per month
  In the $20/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, but you also get a new art miniature every month! The art miniatures are small resin casts created from original sculptures that I created and then made a silicone mold of. Each mini will either be a Patreon exclusive color OR an early release color. 


Summary of Perks:

  • mini sculpture castings
  • Plus all previous rewards
Junior Apprentice - US & International
$25 or more per month
 Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  If you want a little more one on one attention and help with the tutorials, or you want monthly virtual in person classes - this upgraded option from the Aspiring Apprentice level is for you.  You get all the same perks as the aspiring apprentice, but you also get 1 HOUR a month - every month- of quality time with yours truly.  We can use that as class time, art business coaching, co-working, brainstorming, etc. (Does NOT include the art miniature resin cast. That is for the "art collector" track of patrons)


Summary of Perks:

  •  1 hour/month of co-working/virtual class time/art business coaching 
  • Monthly patron-only postcard featuring a picture of my work
  • Access to special tutorial blogs
  • Access to Patreon exclusive products
  • Plus all previous APPRENTICE level rewards
Junior Art Collector - International
$26 or more per month
This is the same tier as the $20/mo.  Unfortunately because international shipping is so much higher, I do have to charge a bit extra for my international patrons at this level. 

   

You will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, but you also get a new art miniature every month! The art miniatures are small resin casts created from original sculptures that I created and then made a silicone mold of. Each mini will either be a Patreon exclusive color OR an early release color.   For my international patrons


Summary of Perks:

  •  Random mini sculpture castings 
  • Plus all previous rewards
Senior Art Collector - US Only
$45 or more per month
   In the $45/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, a new art miniature every month, but this tier gives you first dibs on all my new non-commissioned sculptures - kind of like an early release option! On the year anniversary from your initial pledge date - you get to pick ANY animal (mythical beasts included) for me to sculpt just for you. No custom work/pet tributes for this level..  


Summary of Perks:

  • First dibs on all new miniature sculptures
  • Choice of favorite animal small sculpture - NO custom work - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous ART COLLECTOR rewards
Senior Art Collector - International
$50 or more per month
For my international patrons.  This is the same tier as the $45/mo.  Unfortunately because international shipping is so much higher, I do have to charge a bit extra for my international patrons at this level.  At the $50/mo tier, you will not only be getting postcards that feature my own original artwork, a new art miniature every month, but this tier gives you first dibs on all my new non-commissioned sculptures - kind of like an early release option! On the year anniversary from your initial pledge date - you get to pick ANY animal (mythical beasts included) for me to sculpt just for you. No custom work/pet tributes for this level..   

 

Summary of Perks:

  • First dibs on all new miniature sculptures
  • Choice of favorite animal small sculpture - NO custom work - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous rewards
Senior Apprentice - US & International
$60 or more per month
 Calling all teachers and fellow artists!! This tier is for you!  If you want a little more one on one attention and help with the tutorials, or you want monthly virtual in person classes - this upgraded option from the Junior Apprentice level is for you.  You get all the same perks as the Junior apprentice, but you also get 3 HOURS a month - every month- of quality time with yours truly.  We can use that as class time, art business coaching, co-working, brainstorming, etc. (Does NOT include the art miniature resin cast. That is for the "art collector" track of patrons)


Summary of Perks:

  • 3 hours/month of co-working/art classes/ business coaching
  • Free access to ALL online paid classes/tutorials
  • Plus all previous apprentice rewards
Ultimate Art Collector - US Only
$75 or more per month
  • Choice of small sculpture - CUSTOM animal/pet - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous rewards
Ultimate Art Collector - International
$80 or more per month
For my international patrons

 

  • Choice of small sculpture - CUSTOM animal/pet - on your 1 year anniversary of patronage
  • Plus all previous reward