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#1 Wind n Wing

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:42 PM

I was just viewing the recent forum on Slab Cutters and checked out the sites that were posted. Neil added a link to a Ceramic Supply site as did another member. Those were ones I was unaware of. So I got to wondering what else is out there that I or others like me would find helpful and informative that we dont know about. So how about sharing your favorite clay sites that might be of interest to your fellow potters. The you tube site that was on the slab cutter forum was very enlighting also. There is a wealth of info out there if we only know where to look. So new to clay or experienced wont you share with the rest of us.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:05 PM

I buy most of my supplies locally from Ceramic Supply Chicago, and a few things online from Aftosa and Clay-King.
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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:02 PM

I was just viewing the recent forum on Slab Cutters and checked out the sites that were posted. Neil added a link to a Ceramic Supply site as did another member. Those were ones I was unaware of. So I got to wondering what else is out there that I or others like me would find helpful and informative that we dont know about. So how about sharing your favorite clay sites that might be of interest to your fellow potters. The you tube site that was on the slab cutter forum was very enlighting also. There is a wealth of info out there if we only know where to look. So new to clay or experienced wont you share with the rest of us.

Thanks
RJ


I think this is based a lot on regional supply. For clay and chemicals, I order from Standard Ceramics as they are in Pittsburgh and I am in Central PA. I order tools, small to medium from Bailey's. When I bought larger items. kilns or wheels, I would usually look on line for best price with shipping included-Sometimes Bennett's or Baileys whatever.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 09:07 PM

Aftosa past 30 years for accessories-Shipping in usually 1 day as I live 7 hours away
Axner back in the day mostly before Laguna bought it out as they carried a better selection of products then-shipping takes over a week to get to Cal.
Bailey for items that only they have
Big Ceramic store
http://www.ezpots.com/ for supplies-This guy is not that well known and carries a small line- some for Jewelers some for potters-had some great deals from Chuck over the years
http://www.uspigment.com/ colorants/materials
http://www.bisonstudios.com/ The best trim tools
http://www.enasco.com/artsandcrafts/ Misc items in bulk
http://candhsurplus....oduct/index.htm the odd item that nobody has.

All my clay I buy from Laguna Clay Co and get it trucked to me.

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:26 PM

it really should depend on where you live. When I lived in Montana, I bought from Archie Bray Clay Business, Mile Hi Ceramics, Seattle Pottery Supply , Clay Art in Tacoma and Georgie's. Since I moved to S. Texas, I buy from Alligator Clay in Baton Rouge, La; Armadillo in Austin, Ceramics Supply in Houston, Clay world in San Antonio, and one in New Mexico. Also, US Pigment and Archie Bray, depending on who has what I need.. Also buying supplies here at NCECA.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:40 AM

Buying at NECCA is great sometimes they have deals but the fun is seeing all of the new products on the market. I shop locally at Evans Ceramic, there are other stores about 150 miles away and I'll stop by them if I'm near. I'll order from out of state stores when I can't get it locally, I know that I am extremely lucky to have a supplier 30 min. drive. Denice

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:11 AM

Since clay is heavy it is always good to find that as locally as possible. But for anything else, it is good, in my opinion, to find a supplier that you can actually call and talk to when you have a problem.
Most suppliers drop ship the big stuff and basically have the same prices or price matching, so it doesn't really matter who you order from, until there is a problem.
Problem solving, (whether it be a shipping issue or a clay issue, or materials or usage) is really what should drive your allegiance.
There is a wide range of companies, those who just drop ship for small money and then don't care and don't want to hear if your kiln is not working correctly, and those who have great customer service.
I recommend that when you are shopping, to actually call the places and talk to someone. That is the best way to judge if this is a company that is going to help you or one that is just shuffling you through the queue.

(in semi-full disclosure, I do work for a supplier, but I am on the forum as my own person, not here to represent a company at all. Totally here to learn for my own journey in ceramics. But being in the biz, I do hear from potters nationwide and beyond, with their stories of bad service from suppliers: so advice if you are supplier: be nice to your customers or they won't come back !)

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Hi
Any one out there help me I am a British teacher in Mexico city Mexico ! and I cant find a supplier for materials I see clay objects made all around me but no one will tell me where to buy materials from I cant even find casting plaster
As a Brit I never had any trouble in finding a supplier as I was just an hour from Stoke on Trent where I could buy anything !

Help me please

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

Hi
Any one out there help me I am a British teacher in Mexico city Mexico ! and I cant find a supplier for materials I see clay objects made all around me but no one will tell me where to buy materials from I cant even find casting plaster
As a Brit I never had any trouble in finding a supplier as I was just an hour from Stoke on Trent where I could buy anything !

Help me please


All i can say is that in Mexico the casting plaster is called "YESO" and you can find that yeso in bulk in any hardward store called "FERRETERIA"

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 01:28 PM


Hi
Any one out there help me I am a British teacher in Mexico city Mexico ! and I cant find a supplier for materials I see clay objects made all around me but no one will tell me where to buy materials from I cant even find casting plaster
As a Brit I never had any trouble in finding a supplier as I was just an hour from Stoke on Trent where I could buy anything !

Help me please


All i can say is that in Mexico the casting plaster is called "YESO" and you can find that yeso in bulk in any hardward store called "FERRETERIA"


Yes I know but its not of a fine casting material In the UK I would use a dentle plaster here Yeso is for walls and not a fine material

#11 bciskepottery

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 02:20 PM

Hi
Any one out there help me I am a British teacher in Mexico city Mexico ! and I cant find a supplier for materials I see clay objects made all around me but no one will tell me where to buy materials from I cant even find casting plaster
As a Brit I never had any trouble in finding a supplier as I was just an hour from Stoke on Trent where I could buy anything !

Help me please



Maybe check with one of the ceramics departments at a university . . . they may be able to tell you from where they get their supplies and materials.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 01:20 AM

My favorite supplier is Axner. The only thing I can buy local is clay, on a good day. I also like Bailey and a couple of others.



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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:31 AM

I'm in the New England, so I try to stick to the northeast. in addition to Bailey's and Clay-King (which isn't in the northeast, I know!) I've had good experiences with:

http://www.sheffield-pottery.com/

http://ceramicsupplyinc.com/

http://www.theceramicshop.com/

Portland Pottery in Portland, ME, is terrific, but not for mail order, unfortunately.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:38 AM

Brackers Good Earth Clays in Lawrence, KS! And I've visited New Mexico Clay in Albuquerque, which has a large variety of clays and tools.

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:44 PM

You all probably know these,


This site is cool, working on a new design for a stamp

http://www.jetstamps.com/gallery.html


Pretty reasonable kiln . Brick, fiber

http://www.mcgillswa...e.com/firebrick



My favorite link of all time... for really lazy people on forums- you just say

Let me google that for you....

http://bit.ly/12tPbdm




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