Monday, June 17, 2013

Price Change -- Clay

Effective 6/17/2013, the price of clay at Lillstreet will change.  Each bag of clay will cost $3 more, with the exception of Stoneware and Terra Cotta Reclaim.  This is the first increase since Year 2 in the current location and it will be 10 years come August.  Here's the breakdown:

Effective June 17, 2013

Stoneware Ticket
(Stoneware w/ Iron, Buff, Buff w/ Ochre, Low Fire Red)

Stoneware and Terra Cotta Reclaim
(Remains the same)

Premium Clays
(Grolleg Porcelain, B-Clay, Soda, and Soda Reclaim)

As you may or may not be aware, what you pay for the clay at Lillstreet is not "just the cost of clay".  Built into the price of the clay you purchase at Lillstreet is the cost of 2 firings -- bisque and glaze.  Also the cost of all those ingredients that goes into making the glazes available for use, the wear and tear of the multiple weekly firings of the kilns as well as any repairs or maintenance of the kiln room.  Yes, the Baileys are not indestructible and will eventually have to be replaced.

Further, the cost of gas has gone up several times in the last few years (remember the shock when you see your bills in the winter months) and you all know that the Baileys run on gas.  So, all in all, the $3 increase is very reasonable considering all that it is paying for.

So, the start of the new session, go forth and be productive and, remember, all the things that your additional bags of clay will pay for.  Make sure you get the correct clay ticket though and fill it out accurately!  Happy claying!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Week 10

Can you believe it is Week 10 of the Spring session already?  So, it's POTLUCK week.  Check out the spread on the table.


It is safe to say that a good time was had by all. Also, check out the pieces of gorgeous work that came out of the Saggar firing in Patty Kochaver's class.


 Saggar firing is so much fun in that you can add all kinds of "additives" to the saggar for the purpose of "glazing" the pots.  You can check out general information of Saggar firing here.