[Clayart] cost of materials

kathi at lesueurclaywork.com kathi at lesueurclaywork.com
Tue Jan 11 14:35:54 UTC 2022

I had never realized how much those jars of glaze cost until I was at a local supplier and saw a five gallon bucket of “dipping” glaze for $290. A shiny cone 6 blue. I came how and calculated what my most expensive glaze is to make. A black with cobalt, manganese, and iron. $22. When I asked on a clay forum why someone would buy that bucket as opposed to making their own I was attacked for asking the question. Others must have a lot more money than me. I just finished my best year ever, by far. Most went in a box from online sales. A studio sale, one art fair, and customers contacting me through my website all contributed. My cost are extremely low. All of my equipment is paid for. And, the cost of clay and glaze is very low. Living in a city that take recycling seriously I spend very little on packing materials. I can get all of the peanuts and bubble that I want free. And, a local manufacturer is thrilled to give me the flat styrofoam that I line my boxes with.  How those people buying little jars of glaze and decals can make a profit is a mystery to me. 

Kathi LeSueur

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> On Jan 11, 2022, at 8:21 AM, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
> I totally agree...a few pounds of lithium would last me
> ten years.
> If you produce your own glazes, re/cycle clay, run a
> studio that you control....the cost of materials can be very low.
> In the scheme of things, almost a non-factor. I have glaze materials
> for at least three more years. I have beans and rice here at the
> farm for at least two years. I saw 15 deer on the hill last week.
> hmmm, one would last me a year if i smoked the meat.
> My major thought was for those that buy all ready made. A pint of glaze
> for $35.  My base glazes/  I can make 20 gallons for a few dollars.
> I have two Walker pug mills.
> Just that simple thought is how I was able to have six classes a day
> making pots..at the top end...180 kids.
> Remember the story.  50 gallon garbage can on wheels.  two bags of
> volcanic ash, two bags of gertsely. add some zircopax and that made
> 50 gallons of base glaze. cone 4.  at the time it was like 40 bucks.
> We named the glaze Mount St. Helen's.  (Volcano)
> When I left, the new teacher said `that much glaze is silly and hard
> to make. she bought pint jars.`
> If you order 50,000 lbs of clay for your school program, it may not get filled.
> And that price may triple, if they deliver.  The folks at both Minnesota clay
> and continental are very worried. What happens if the ball clay mine shuts down.??
> As was said yesterday..."potters get the left overs."
> No one ever tells us what happens to all those huge car batteries. They die you know.
> And, you pay cash for a new one. 10 grand.??  re/cycle. ???  I think Canada takes them.
> It is far from Nirvana.    Oh, and there is a plane that runs on a battery. Flies for
> 8 minutes. The battery is heavier than the plane.  As the joke years back. "We have an
> electric plane. 85,000 Dollars.  $5000 for the plane, $80,000 for the extension cord.
> Mel
> It is like the neighbor, She says she won $300 at the casino last month, She only spent
> $500 to get it. Simple math you know.
> website: www.melpots.com
> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML

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