Today I went through my product catalog and reference guide for clay materials. I am making a list of all the raw materials I need to make glazes with. They come at a pretty penny I might add! Andrew and I keep saying, “Of course I had to pick the most expensive medium”! I love ceramics though, so it will pay off in the end…I just know it! If I had the money for everything I thought I needed, then I would go crazy and order raw materials like gold and silver luster to make crystalline glazes with. Lusters like that range between $5 and $8 a gram! So, I am not going hog-wild on my raw materials purchase. I am sticking with the basics: Kaolin, Silica, Frit, Dolomite, Red Iron Oxide, Calcined Zinc Oxide, etc. The colorants I need for the crystals is what is going to hurt my wallet. Cobalt carbonate, for example, is about $22.78 a pound. I will say, a little definitely goes a long way, so a pound will last me a while. Even so, that is one more thing to add to my start-up costs! I am excited to get going though. I am hoping to get back on the wheel by next month. While I continue to create, and budget for, my raw materials list, I also need to be pricing clay. I throw mostly with porcelain. It is like throwing with butter, it’s so smooth. I think I will start with a half pallet of clay (I believe that is about 250 pounds. If I remember correctly a pallet of clay is about 500 pounds). That should be enough to get me started. Oh, studio expenses!