Clay stocks are good with shipments having arrived. The stock list is on the white board on the clay room door and updates on the club news board. We are trialing Primo White Stoneware - this is the un-grogged version. There are a few bags of Bright White, formerly PW20 PRO. We have had a report of small metal fragments in our previous batch. Please let Rod know if you are having any problems with any of the clays we stock, and he will take it up with the supplier. With delays in supply, people need to plan and carry stock of the clays that they use to avoid long waiting times.
Glazes - Members need to be reminded that now is the time to start firing work for the Festival. With the backlog of pots, the looming Kapiti Arts Trail and the increased volume of work coming from Adult classes and Children's Workshops, members need to plan ahead. The glaze team does its best to ensure that the supply of glazes is good. Lead Bisilicate is not available at the moment and this will mean some of our low fired glazes will go out of stock for the interim.
The team is testing glazes that may be useful to the people who did the large pots workshops with Bruce. Jojo has tested the club glazes.
Because of the high iron content in the PRG clays our transparent (clear) glazes do not perform well.
*Please do not add anything to the glazes. If you think they are difficult to use, please talk to one of the glaze team. Never add water to the club glazes.
Kilns - the kilns have been busy, and the shelves are bowing. If you have work there please could you collect as soon as possible.