Raw Materials

Detail of Cobalt Crystalline Glaze

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!

Cobalt Crystalline Mini-vase with flowers from Andrew

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  • Michele Prince

    Please add a face mask to the materials list–I don’t want you destroying your lungs breathing in all that glazing dust 🙂 Beautiful vase, Arryn, and flowers, Andrew!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Please add a face mask to the materials list–I don’t want you destroying your lungs breathing in all that glazing dust 🙂 Beautiful vase, Arryn, and flowers, Andrew!ReplyCancel

  • Where are you going to put all of that clay!?ReplyCancel

    • 250 pounds is only like 5 boxes…if that is truly a half pallet. I need to look back into that to make sure I have that right. I will put it in a garage…or my kitchen! But, the garage…I really don’t want it in my apartment. That would mean I have to haul 50 pound boxes up and down three flights of stairs!ReplyCancel

  • Where are you going to put all of that clay!?ReplyCancel

    • 250 pounds is only like 5 boxes…if that is truly a half pallet. I need to look back into that to make sure I have that right. I will put it in a garage…or my kitchen! But, the garage…I really don’t want it in my apartment. That would mean I have to haul 50 pound boxes up and down three flights of stairs!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Lynch

    Dear Arryn,
    Aunt Pam here…your mother-in-law shared your post with me. The vase is beautiful, as are the flowers! I am excited for you to start stocking your studio supplies and working on your art. I am sure you are aware of the studio hazards of mixing glazes, etc. and are taking all the necessary precautions with air filtering, etc. I want you to have a long, happy, and healthy art career! Love, Great Aunt PamReplyCancel

    • Hi Aunt Pam! Good to hear from you and I am glad you have found my blog! Yes, I will be taking care of proper ventilation, etc. I have a couple face masks too! Never good to breathe that stuff in! I too want a long, happy, and healthy art career! I know you work with glass kilns and that puts off stuff as well, so if you have any good tips or suggestions, let me know! Love, ArrynReplyCancel

  • Pam Lynch

    Dear Arryn,
    Aunt Pam here…your mother-in-law shared your post with me. The vase is beautiful, as are the flowers! I am excited for you to start stocking your studio supplies and working on your art. I am sure you are aware of the studio hazards of mixing glazes, etc. and are taking all the necessary precautions with air filtering, etc. I want you to have a long, happy, and healthy art career! Love, Great Aunt PamReplyCancel

    • Hi Aunt Pam! Good to hear from you and I am glad you have found my blog! Yes, I will be taking care of proper ventilation, etc. I have a couple face masks too! Never good to breathe that stuff in! I too want a long, happy, and healthy art career! I know you work with glass kilns and that puts off stuff as well, so if you have any good tips or suggestions, let me know! Love, ArrynReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    I love that blue vase! And the flowers are a pretty touch! Keep giving flowers, Andrew! They are always appreciated and say “You are special!” = )

    Love you both!
    Mom V.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Vogan

    I love that blue vase! And the flowers are a pretty touch! Keep giving flowers, Andrew! They are always appreciated and say “You are special!” = )

    Love you both!
    Mom V.ReplyCancel

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