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I just had to make the joke about it snowing in May and then of course it happened… Well, here’s hoping everyone’s gardens are bouncing back and to those of you who love to ski or snowboard, here’s to an extended season on the mountain! I definitely know several people who were thrilled for the extra powder.
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate Stone Leaf’s birthday with gifts and cupcakes this past weekend. And thank you to all of our fantastic suppliers who sent us awesome swag. We are very lucky to have such a supportive community within the ceramics world. We wouldn’t be where we are without all of you. Cheers!
Just a reminder, we do have our Electric Kiln Workshop coming up at the end of the month on Sunday, June 23rd from 9-1. Ingrid is a master at owning and operating kilns with over 45 years of experience. During this time she has come up with many tips and tricks to ensure the most successful firing possible. The cost is $40 unless you have purchased a kiln from us in the last two years, in which case it’s FREE. Call us to register for the class because they usually fill up quickly. Bring a notepad and your questions!
Clay of the Month: Summer Clay Clearance Extravaganza $5 per bag, no limit
This month we decided to forego our traditional clay special where we choose one clay in favor of a dozen different bodies in all firing ranges. We are calling this our Summer Clay Clearance Extravaganza! When you are a clay supplier, sometimes you end up with a surplus of inventory due to any number of reasons. These clays are being sold at ridiculously low prices with no limit so now is your chance to either stock up on a body you love or try something completely new. See the complete list of what is in stock below. First come, first serve and once it’s gone, it’s gone. Although, many of the bodies we still have access to and can special order if you end up loving it.
Tile and Sculpture is a super heavily grogged body is perfect for making catch plates for your work and cone packs. This clay is $4 per bag.
Buff with Sand ^04 is a lowfire body that has a nice touch of color without going full-on terra cotta.
Red Rock Red with grog ^04 is the favorite low fire terra cotta with added grog for sturdiness.
Sheepdog is a clay unlike any other clay we sell the with added nylon fiber for incredible sculptural results.
Death Valley Red is a ^10 iron rich body with a medium texture. Fires to a dark brown in reduction.
Red Calico is a luscious orange/red ^5 body that is lovely to work with on the wheel or for sculptural handbuilding purposes. Takes glazes well.
Dave’s Porcelain ^10 is completely smooth and contains a bit more ball clay than some other porcelains which makes it less finicky.
HB1^10 is an excellent throwing stoneware. Blended from Missouri fireclays and Kentucky ball clays. HB1 is a very plastic body which is gray to buff in color with slight speckling in reduction.
Black Mountain Sculpture clay ^10… it’s all in the name. This body is specially formulated for large sculpture and fires a beautiful shade of dark brown almost black in ^10 reduction.
Mica White and Mica Red ^04 have large mica flakes making for gorgeous glittery pottery. These low fire clays also have special properties when tempered correctly such as use for cooking over open flame.
LB6 ^5 stands for Long Beach 60 mesh. This midfire clay has a medium mesh grog and fires a dark gray in oxidation.
LB Blend is a ^10 and is one of Laguna’s most popular bodies. This versatile body has a bit of iron and fires to a toasty buff color in oxidation and a bit darker in reduction.
Glaze of the Month: Spectrum’s New ^5 Floating Glazes, 20% off
We are thrilled about this new glaze line Spectrum rolled out recently at NCECA. You may have even gotten a sample if you were able to attend. Now you can come see the entire line and pick out some of your favorites. If you’re like me and have a glaze problem, you might end up leaving with half of them. They do especially well highlighting texture because of the breaking qualities and have a wide range of luscious colors. They are so new we haven’t even had the time to do any testing but I’m looking forward to exploring the layering results and am sure they will be fabulous.
Tool of the Month: Dirty Girl Bat Adapter Sets, 20% off
We were just as bummed as everyone else about the Wonderbat drop-in bats sets no longer being available. Then we found out that our lovely friend, Link, who runs Kentucky Mudworks and Dirty Girls Tools had begun manufacturing her own bat adapter sets. We were absolutely thrilled about this news. The sets come in both square and circle options and are fantastic time and space savers for your studio. I know I always run out of space when throwing because my bats take up quite a bit of room. I might just have to get one for myself!
July 4th is on a Thursday this year – and we’ll be closed! Enjoy your holiday!
Happy June and happy potting!
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. Summer Clay Extravaganza Clays have no limit on purchase amount. There are no holds on this clay. Sale price is valid only in June 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. 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.