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#1 adkspr

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 08:40 PM

What's the best place to buy wet clay online? I'm looking for mid fire earthenware and stoneware. I have seen some places that charge for shipping two times what the clay costs. I prefer to not buy online, but we live far and away from anything. Nearest clay place is about 2 hours away.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 08:59 PM

I think most places will have pretty steep shipping, I'm not sure if you live two hours from Wichita or Lawrence or maybe you live closer to Oklahoma City.  I know several people who live that far away and just make a day trip of if.  Most of the time they call their order in ahead of time and then shop at little more at the store.  They shop and run errands at stores that aren't usually available to them and have a nice dinner and head home. It's more fun to spend your freight money that way.   Denice  (Big City Girl in Kansas)



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:03 PM

It all depends where you live because shipping can cost as much as the clay or more.
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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:07 PM

2 hours drive is a lot more cost efficient than ordering online. Even being in Providence, I make the drive out to Sheffield, ~3 hours each time I need clay. I make sure to grab at least 500 lbs when possible, though!



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 09:16 PM

Mine trips are two days in Texas to pick up clay no matter if it is San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, or Houston unless I order a pallet.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:14 AM

there are several stoneware clays on amazon prime.  (aka no shipping for 2nd day delivery)



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 03:18 AM

I am another one who lives 2 hours from the nearest clay retailer, and it really is more cost effective to make the run.   I'm not a volume producer, so 300 to 500 pounds at a time every few months, the fuel charge is only about $40 in my toy pickup. (aka Ford Ranger) I usually plan a clay run for when I need to get out of this backwater and go shopping anyway!


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:29 AM

The best clay retailer online is your local retailer that is closest to you no matter where you are. I live 2-21/2 hrs. away from Pittsburgh where Standard is. A day trip in a van used to work, but I am best off when I buy a ton to have it shipped. It hurts, but then it is a larger amount than a van should carry.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:50 AM

If you are looking for 25 pound amounts try an arts and crafts store.

You may be shocked to find delivery cost (ordered directly from your closest supplier) on a palet of clay to be reasonable.

The clay suppliers around here will drive 2 hours with a palet for $80.00, but then again I'm about 15 minutes from "The pottery capital of the world"



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:12 AM

Call your nearest clay supplier and ask them to give you a shipping quote. You'll need to buy at least 500 pounds to make it worthwhile. 1000 would be even better. If it's still too expensive, make the drive.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:16 AM

If you are looking for 25 pound amounts try an arts and crafts store.

You may be shocked to find delivery cost (ordered directly from your closest supplier) on a palet of clay to be reasonable.

The clay suppliers around here will drive 2 hours with a palet for $80.00, but then again I'm about 15 minutes from "The pottery capital of the world"

which one? I have heard of a few places that claim that title.  :D


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:34 AM

......................... but then again I'm about 15 minutes from "The pottery capital of the world"

 

Having been in Japan, Korea, and China....... I think that location is likely NOT anywhere in the USA. ;)

 

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 10:54 AM

you might also check local commercial pottery studio.  The one i go to mixes there own stoneware and buys by the pallet.  You can purchase commercial clay for slightly more than his local mixed clay.   Depending on volume he is selling for between .5 and .75/lb



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:36 PM

I am another one who lives 2 hours from the nearest clay retailer, and it really is more cost effective to make the run. I'm not a volume producer, so 300 to 500 pounds at a time every few months, the fuel charge is only about $40 in my toy pickup. (aka Ford Ranger) I usually plan a clay run for when I need to get out of this backwater and go shopping anyway!

Same with us. We buy most of our clay from a place about an hour and a half a away. We just call ahead and place an order for about 300 pounds and make the trip every couple of months.

It's in the same area as Seagrove, so we make a day of it and visit different potteries before loading up and heading home.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:52 PM

It really depends on how much clay you order at a time.  If you're ordering 25-50 pounds, try Stone Mountain Clay in Georgia.  (http://www.stonemountainclay.com) They have some wonderful clays and will pack 50 pounds into a USPS flat rate shipping box. 



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:33 AM

We have Pat Catan's and Michael's arts and crafts store around here, they carry 25# boxes of Amaco.

The Amaco clay is supposedly a universal clay, but I had some trouble with their under glazes washing out on thier clay at cone 6.

 

Hi John

 

............. but then again I'm about 15 minutes from "The pottery capital of the world"

 

It's on their welcome sign, East liverpool Ohio makes that claim.

 

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 10:48 AM

It's on their welcome sign, East liverpool Ohio makes that claim.

 

They don't get around much.  ;)

 

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:19 PM

Ouch, John.

I don't want to get into a pissing contest, and of course many places can and do lay claim to being the so-and-so capital of the world with little or no foundation, but I'd suggest dissing East Liverpool and its role in the history of ceramics also suggests not getting around much.



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:24 PM

Nope... guess I don't get around much. ;)

 

Being very serious about this now, I've been there (that area of Ohio).  It has a great amount of AMERICAN history, for sure. But to even come CLOSE to claiming that kind of "WORLD" title ........... shows a complete lack of understanding of the nature of the world.  If they are in any way serious, and it is not just pure 'marketing fluff' and they know it, then there is a significant bit of arrogance to that claim.   

 

Unless MAYBE such a claim is close enough to contest........ then it reflects a lack of broad understanding at the minimum. 

 

But the difference between that area of America (ANY ceramic center in America) and places like Yixing and Jingdejen in the People's Republic of China is SO far "out of whack" that it is absurd.  Whether you measure it by influence on world ceramic activities, number of ceramics facilities per capita, overall volume of wares produced, diversity of types of wares produced, dollar volume, etc. ...... there is no comparison by a huge magnitude difference. 

 

If you've not been to China... you have NO idea what it is over there.  I know that I certainly didn't.... and I had been studying cer amics for 40+ years.  It was an eye opener, for sure.  Places in Japan and Korea have HUGE historical impacts and could lay some claim to that kind of title reasonably........ but they pale in comparison to China.

 

There is no way to justify that East Liverpool claim in the remotest sense on the overall world stage.  So in that  sense....... they must not get around much.  I'll stand by that assesment. 

 

If it was Yixing and Jingdejen arguing over it.... that is more of a debate.

 

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:31 PM

What's the best place to buy wet clay online? I'm looking for mid fire earthenware and stoneware. I have seen some places that charge for shipping two times what the clay costs. I prefer to not buy online, but we live far and away from anything. Nearest clay place is about 2 hours away.

If you're in eastern KS, Brackers in Lawrence is great.






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