Where have you found the best prices on dry glaze material?
Best Dry Glaze Material Prices.
Posted 03 October 2013 - 06:39 PM
I've found prices (including shipping) at U.S. Pigment to be quite good . . . actually cheaper than the local supplier; the key is to buy enough to fit one of the USPS flat rate boxes they use for shipping. I recently restocked my oxides and colorants and saved close to $100. But for bulk items, like a full or half bag of dry clay or minerals, your local supplier should be the price to beat. If you are just looking for 1/4 lb. of one item, your local supplier is probably best.
Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:04 PM
I agree with Bruce about US Pigment being good. I order my cobalt carb from there, $20- lb. If I buy it locally its $58- for 500 grams. I found the strength of coloring oxides varies, got some "high purity" RIO from Seattle Pottery Supply that was awful, still have 10 lbs of it taking up space, also bought 5 lbs of cobalt carb from Tacoma Clay Art that wasn't nearly as strong as US Pigments, After those 2 experiences I usually order a small amount of coloring oxides/carbonates to test before placing a large order and asking for the lot number.
Larry, I noticed you were in Spokane, don't know if you ever shop at Seattle Pottery Supply but if you are planning on it get price quotes in an email or phone call since their online prices are outdated most of the time.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 08:08 AM
Local supplier for me is in Pittsburgh, two hours away. So when I order, it is usually a palette of materials. Sometimes this is clay, and chemicals. On the occasional missing oxide or such, I order from there also and they ship it with lowest shipper, which is sometimes USPS. Low price means nothing if shipping eats up the price break.
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Posted 04 October 2013 - 09:43 AM
Pigment prices can vary widely, but for most glaze materials where you need larger quantities- feldspars, silica, whiting, etc- buying local is probably your best bet. It can get pricey to ship full bags of material. Always try to buy full bags so you can get the best price.
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Posted 04 October 2013 - 01:09 PM
I will have to try negotiating more with my local supplier. To date, they seem to believe there selling gold oxide.
I will have to get a current price list from Seattle pottery supply. I did not realize that their online list was not up to date.
I have ordered from US Pigments was before. I will have to check them out again
Thanks for all of the guidance
Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:42 PM
Stumbled across this topic, compared prices to my local supplier, and—WHOA! GARGANTUAN savings. Love my local supplier, but money is tight so I will buy the pricey materials from U.S. Pigment. Thank you enormously for this information!
Los Angeles, CA
Posted 15 October 2013 - 02:59 PM
US pigments for some items-the discount is also for 70s and up on UPS from there in full bags-Some colorants are best here.
Some/most materials including red Iron-custar whatever in 50# bags come with my yearly Laguna clay order-
I ship it all up and manage the group buy-we fill a truck with 48,000 lbs (24 tons) we get best truck rates and bulk buy.
I do use my local supplier on extra clay and things I run out of during the year.It justs costs 40% more.
The key for me is bulk buying-it does not work for everyone I realize.
There are a few other places for more savings on colorants but the minimum order is 55 lbs which excludes may-It was the last place I got cobalt Carb. from-sold 1/2 to my local supplier and got a great deal on the rest.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 04:34 PM
I've found the Red Iron Oxide - High Purity from US Pigment (some product from China) is superior to other red iron oxides when making a red ir glaze.
It's better than special red iron oxide from Standard Ceramics, or other specialty Bayer Bayferrox products like what New Mexico Clay sells as Crocus Martis.
Any of the above are products are far superior to Laguna Red Iron Oxide, a witches brew of iron ore, recycled metal content and Barium Carbonate. This almost assures a brown instead of a red.
Firing to Cone 6 in oxidation, red iron oxide remains red iron oxide. So if you start with a pigment quality red, that's how your glaze turns out.
If you fire to higher temperatures, or in reduction, the red iron oxide reduces to black iron oxide so you have to perform long holds at the temperature which regrows the red iron oxide crystals. Not worth the trouble. The factory in China has already made a high purity red and saved me the trouble.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 09:11 PM
US Pigments is about the cheapest I've found. However, their customer service is horrible. They double shipped a three pound order I made for cobalt oxide and despite producing computer proof that I didn't make a second order of cobalt three days after the first, they refused to pay the return shipping and were a bit insulting in their refusal.
Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:40 PM
+1 for US Pigments. Always helpful and accommodating. Prices with freight can't be touched by local suppliers..
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