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It’s that time of year again that comes with a mixed bag of emotions from parents, teachers and students alike… back to school!
Right now that means that we are gearing up for the start of a busy couple of months here at Stone Leaf. I know our teacher friends are also getting ready for their classrooms to be filled with students again. This is just a reminder to teachers to get their orders in as soon as possible, especially if you are hoping for a delivery because those slots fill up quickly. This should also serve as a recommendation for any of our other customers that if you have orders to place, for delivery or otherwise, that you send them in sooner rather than later. During this busy back to school season, it can take us a bit longer to process orders and our stock seems to fly off of the shelves. We do our best to anticipate inventory but someone inevitably surprises us with a large order of materials!
Just a quick reminder that we have several amazing clay bodies from different manufacturers that are perfect for your atmospheric firing needs. The end of summer and beginning of autumn provide a great opportunity for soda or salt firings, as well as wood firings. These clays are specifically manufactured to produce splendid results so make sure to check them out. If you do have some magnificent pieces that you are thrilled with made with these clays, please share some photos with us. We always love to see what our customers are creating. Our favorite bodies are: Anns Soda & Woodfire White from New Mexico Clay, B Mix Woodfire from Laguna, and Woodfire Clay from Aardvark
Clay of the Month: ^10 Tile & Sculpture from Laguna
$9.00 per bag, no limit
This clay is incredibly special when it comes to the technical aspects. It has proven itself to withstand abuse other clays would never be able to. Due to it’s high grog content, it lends itself well to heavy carving along with holding its shape in ways other clays are unable to, with minimal to no cracking. Because all of these qualities Ingrid, along with the rest of our staff, has fallen in love with it. Apart from its sculptural qualities, this clay is perfect for making refractory for your kiln room. We use it all the time for our cone packs as well as “cookies” or waster tiles for glazed pieces to be fired upon.
Glaze of the Month:
All in stock pints and gallons from Laguna, 30% off, no limit
We love Laguna’s line of glazes and figured you might, too. If you haven’t tried them before, definitely do and you’ll love them as well. We have several lines on our shelves including ^5 Moroccan, low fire glaze, and my personal favorites, the Mystic gloss and Crystal glazes. Word of warning: the Mystics and Crystals are *amazing* but do tend to run. Use them to layer or by themselves for lovely results. All pints and gallons are fair game during this sale. Dry glazes are not part of this special.
Tool of the Month:
All in stock Dolan knives, 15% off, limit 2
The only knife in my toolbox that I use is a Dolan knife. This line of tools has been the industry standard for over 30 years. All of the tools are handmade by a The Dolan Family in Arizona with tempered steel meant to withstand serious studio use. You won’t regret this purchase as it will last you for years. I think I’ve had mine for about 8 years and it’s still sharp! Stop by to see what styles we have on the shelf and bring your very own home.
In early-August we’ll also be saying goodbye to Kylle. Kylle started with us over 10 years ago as a pottery student. During her tenure she has transitioned from student to volunteer to full time employee. We’re looking forward to seeing where the future takes her as she pursues college. Good luck, Kylle!
We have an Electric Kiln Workshop on September 15. Seats are currently available – if you’ve been thinking about this class, sign up now – it fills quickly. Call us at 303-463-8081 to register.
We hope the end of your summer is filled with wonderful things, whatever they might be. Thank you for your patronage!
Gita and the Stone Leaf Crew
House Rules for “of the Month Items” and other product specials at Stone Leaf Pottery: All Clay of the Month purchases are limited to 100# per person total per month, unless otherwise specified. There are no holds on this clay. Sale price is valid only in August 2019 and not combinable with other discounts. It’s not uncommon for us to run out of the Clay(s) of the Month, so we always suggest you shop early to ensure the clay is in stock. Limit on Glazes & Tools is 12, unless noted. When purchasing Glaze or Tool of the Month, again, it’s limited to products on hand. If we don’t have it when you shop, it’s not on sale. We replenish our shelves regularly – we encourage frequent visits to Stone Leaf. Got more questions about how this works? Please, please reach out to us! Or check our page at stoneleafpottery.com/blog for further details.