[Clayart] Thank You Clayart/prices

vpitelka at dtccom.net vpitelka at dtccom.net
Sat Jan 8 20:22:15 UTC 2022

Hi Jeff - 
That's a lovely post, all of it.  Thanks.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Potter, Writer, Teacher
Chapel Hill, NC
vpitelka at dtccom.net

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From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of Jeff Weiland
Sent: Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:25 AM
To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
Subject: Re: [Clayart] Thank You Clayart/prices

When I was a kid, my Grandfather, who lived in Wisconsin his whole life, said many times that we needed to keep the farm because some day we may have to raise our own food again. He was born in 1906 and lived through massive cultural changes. That statement came roaring back almost two years ago in March when store shelves were empty. I live in a small town where change comes slow, both good and bad. I can still go out back of the house and target shoot without the neighbors thinking anything was wrong. The chickens are still gifting me eggs every day. I have to take a break from the news just to keep from being overwhelmed. 

On a lighter note, this past week at school I taught about 100 students to throw on the wheel for the first time. Most of you know that is exhausting but my heart just purrs when I see the look on their faces at the pride of making a pot all by themselves. That is the job for the next 7-8 weeks in my classes. Cylinders, bottles, and bowls. The advanced kids are working with the extruder at the moment. The big challenge is to spend the time instructing and not being able to sit down to my own work in class. Like watching somebody eat chocolate cake and not getting to taste a bite. I had a former student contact we this week asking for advice on purchasing a new wheel and kiln. She makes good money at her job and wants to get back into clay work. It’s a satisfying feeling to open young minds being occupied with creativity. Time to heat up the studio here at home and get to work. Have a happy Saturday friends.

Jeff Weiland
409 Blaine Street
Knightstown, IN 46148
weiland at hrtc.net

> On Jan 8, 2022, at 7:27 AM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> And, it is wonderful to see the many names of old-timers back on 
> clayart It will refresh the air.
> Before things morph into an all out fight of politics, let us get back 
> to clay.
> It is very important for all of us to do a real good job of cleaning 
> and taking stock of your studio/workspace and materials.  Things are 
> going to get much tighter to get and the prices may stagger you.
> Does one wonder why my green glaze is made from the old recipe 1234.
> Nothing complex. Standard materials, Feldspar, Silica, Ball clay and 
> any flux.  For those that do not do facebook, there is a pix of the 
> new glaze, clayart page, bottom. and top. big pix.
> As was mentioned, ready made glazes my go up in price by ten times.
> West High math, one bottle of glaze $10, this spring...$100.
> Time to start re/cycling clay. get it in tight plastic bags. Use up 
> everything in your studio.
> And, most important, your customers may start to tighten their 
> belts...if you get what I mean?  I am pushing the 40 dollar bowl for wedding gifts.
> I think the $125 standard gift will be modified.  I even had new "brag cards"
> made. Rich black and white, logo and teapot image. Heavier card stock.
> The day of the multi-color brochure will be gone for many of you.
> I do not think I am doing "Chicken Little".  The wave is coming.
> Mel
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML

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