Friday, January 29, 2010
The Times They Are A Changin'
This week I treated myself to some of Matt and Dave's Porcelain for the People. Yep, it's filter pressed and it is expensive. At $1.27 a pound it damn well better be good. Well it threw and trimmed like a dream. Usually if I can throw porcelain I hate trimming it. This seems to have a coarse particle size that makes for trimming with some expression to it. So I figure $38 for 30 pounds will make me 6 teapots. Usually my stoneware teapots are $125. These ones outta porcelain are going to be $160 so that the first one pays for the clay. Don't tell the clay suppliers this or they will stop looking guilty when they charge ya that much for clay.
I tortured this clay. I dipped it in my local slip clay, slaked down the trimmings and mixed in some sand with the casting slip and laid it on thick. It took the punishment.
Well here's how the times are a changin'. Potter's are making more precious pots. People buy one of your gorgeous cups and not for a family of 5. They want precious, they want individual and they are downsizing. The cost of the materials just get passed on to them. So the clay in a cup costs $1.50 and you charge $35 for it! That's not even 5% of the cost.
When ya buy something precious you treat it like it's precious. I even saved my trimmings for the first time in eons. http://www.pshcanada.com