[Clayart] Don't steal Snails Lithium!!!

Robert Harris robertgharris at gmail.com
Tue Jan 11 02:00:10 UTC 2022

The price of lithium carbonate is certainly going up, BUT it's still
cheaper than tin and cobalt ($30-$40/lb depending on quantity). And even in
a glaze with 3% LiCO3 that's probably an extra 20c per mug. Small in the
grand scheme of things, just sticker shock for everyone used to paying 1/2
or 1/3 that. Spodumene is now $2/lb. Again, much more expensive than it
used to be, but still relatively cheap to glaze a pot.

Even the most expensive glazes (say $100/ 10,000g batch) with tin and
cobalt in them, add negligibly to the raw materials cost of a piece of

On Sun, 9 Jan 2022 at 12:39, Terry Lazaroff <terrylazaroff at gmail.com> wrote:

> David;
> I don’t believe that lithium will increase to any degree of concern.
> Lithium for potters will end up with pricing the same as kaolin, or
> feldspar.  Pottery materials always tag along with industry use, and
> industry buys by the ton.  We buy by the gram. The expense for potters is
> the packaging costs.   I would be more concerned with the supply chain
> difficulties.   Bought something from China last year in November.  Still
> waiting for the delivery.
> Terrance
> Sent from my iPad
> > On Jan 9, 2022, at 8:07 AM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Snail, Everyone,
> > What with Lithium becoming the new "Gold" now in high demand for storage
> batteries in the switch over to electric autos, cargo hauling Trucks and
> sea going Cargo transport Ships........We as Ceramists will soon find
> ourselves priced out of using Lithium.
> >
> > While I'm digging up and hoarding old flashlight batteries to speculate
> on the Lithium market, (Haaaaah) I will ponder what will happen to all the
> folks who are being treated with Lithium for Bi-polar and Manic disorders.
> > Or the Meth cookers who have been putting the Lithium strips from
> flashlight batteries into the cooking Meth batch to help the Meth Heads
> loosen their already fragile grip on fading reality.
> >
> > I have found that leaving out the + - 3% lithium purported to brighten
> glaze colors really has a negligible enhancement effect over not using
> lithium.
> > So for years I have not included Lithium in the batch recipe.
> > Which also negates the problem of glaze flaws including shivering.
> > And in glaze experimental formulations, I can rule out Lith as the cause
> of flaws because I don't use it.
> >
> > There are other ways to induce a glaze to stand up and sing brightly!!!
> >
> > Misneach,
> >
> Woof.......................................................................................................................................
> >
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> > ________________________________
> > From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of
> Snail Scott <claywork at flying-snail.com>
> > Sent: Saturday, January 8, 2022 12:27 PM
> > To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <
> clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
> > Subject: Re: [Clayart] it is with sadness i report
> >
> > Around here, people still leave their cars running when they go into the
> convenience store, and leave their keys in the ignition at home so they
> won’t forget where they left them. I probably shouldn’t admit it, but I
> have no idea where my house key is…haven’t used it in years. When we bought
> the place, it took the previous owner six months just to find it and bring
> it by. After living in places where literally anything not nailed down was
> considered ‘fair game’, it took some getting used to.  I finally disabled
> the ‘beep’ from my car’s lock, because people would look at me funny for
> locking the car at all.
> >
> > The university where I teach is in a much dicier area, with frequent car
> and building break-ins, so I haven’t lost all caution, but it feels good to
> quit worrying at home.
> >
> > Please don’t come over and steal my lithium!   (It’s the stuff on the
> materials shelf in the studio, marked ‘lithium.)   ;)
> >
> > -Snail
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