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QotW: Are you dealing with any supply chain issues, or seeing creeping material prices that have or may cause you to raise prices?


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Yesterday @Mark C. posted: 

Any supply chain issues for you as well as raising costs in thios new landscape . Things like plaster are scare as well as talc at Laguna Clay Com.Equipment is long backordered they say- Prices are creeping up on most items

I had to raise my prices as well to keep up.

any issues for you in ceramics?

To paraphrase, if I may, QotW: Are you dealing with any supply chain issues, or seeing creeping material prices that have or may cause you to raise prices?

Personally, I have not purchased any materials this year yet, and not any in the last few years as I am usually a bulk buyer with little in the way of output. I even have #50 of Albany slip purchased years ago! However, as I have run out of metallic oxide  materials for glazes I will be making a trip to Pittsburgh SC to stock up once again. I am sure I will be in for sticker shock!

I will repeat my plea: QotW: Are you dealing with any supply chain issues, or seeing creeping material prices that have or may cause you to raise prices?

 

best,

Pres

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My clay prices and chemicals have all gone up. Demand has gone berserk

I have raised prices and am still doing that. My 1st show is coming up  a few states away and all pots will cost more except for spoon rests .

My  natural gas cost has risen as well. 

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2 hours ago, Callie Beller Diesel said:

Hate to point it out in case it creates a rush, but Ferro has closed some US manufacturing plants and is in the process of moving them to Mexico. There are interruptions in the availability of 3134 and 3124.

If I used them I would buy a 50# bag for sure.

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My output is so minimal that bulk purchase does me no good, and yet, of course, the shipping on small orders is beyond do-able. I've had clay arrive so late (by more than a month) that I missed a production deadline. All the prices are creeping up. I have to drive to another state to get anything from a pottery supplier-one is is in ME  & one is in MA.  Auto gas is up and the electric bill for the kiln is now very discernable-it used to be quite modest. The primary outlet that carried my "smalls" had great tourist traffic & did live online shopping, but effective the end of June, it failed as a new business and and is now closed. Other than all of the above, things are just peachy-keen.

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I've set prices for the year - through the holiday season - and am committed to sticking to'm until then.

I had a wholesale opportunity, which, for me, meant wrapping my head around wholesale and being consistent with pricing.

Excepting the (very) infrequent opportunities to shop and haul, shipping is a very big part of supply purchases - material and shipping costs are both going up up up. I'm trying for long term planning, such that most of my materials can be picked up when I can shop in person, however, that's once a year, if that...

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