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temptation...new catalog

updated thu 16 dec 04

 

Kate Johnson on tue 14 dec 04


Hi Earl...


> As far as I know, Dick Blick always HAS sold those things. At least the
> one
> here has.

I didn't remember it being in their catalog!

My concern has always been with them that, unlike an actual
> Ceramics store, they often don't have staff that know much about the
> equipment.

That was more or less my question...so has that been your experience at the
Blick store in Las Vegas? Do you ever buy there? Those things I know about
myself, I have no qualms ordering from them. Like that 24" rolling pin for
my slabs....

Best--
Kate

Kate Johnson on tue 14 dec 04


Oh dear...I just got my big new Dick Blick art supplies catalog, and what
should I find but that they have gotten into crafts as well. Including
ceramics. Tools, kilns, wheels, Amaco and Laguna stuff, pugmills, slab
rollers, glazes, ingredients, oh dear oh dear. (Didn't see any dry oxides
or Mason stains, though...and I'm needing cobalt...)

Blick knows how to sell things--very clear, tempting color photos! I buy a
lot of my ordinary art supplies there, because they're good, dependable,
quick, and have reasonable shipping.

SO. No idea how much they know about pottery/ceramics, but they certainly
know how to sell. What I'd love to find is a comparable, COLOR catalog from
someone who specializes in the field, for comparison. BigCeramicStore dot
com appears only to be online, which is slow for those of us on dialup and
sometimes hard to guess the proper search word at some online stores. The
last catalog from a clay supplier I got was just text--no pictures, no
color. I'm such a visual person...

Anyone have any suggestions as to whom I should contact for a catalog?

Cindy Bratcher, do you have one?

Regards,
Kate Johnson
Graphics/Fine Arts
http://www.cathyjohnson.info/
http://www.epsi.net/graphic/
http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_1494_profile.htm

Earl Brunner on tue 14 dec 04


As far as I know, Dick Blick always HAS sold those things. At least the one
here has. My concern has always been with them that, unlike an actual
Ceramics store, they often don't have staff that know much about the
equipment.

Earl Brunner
Las Vegas, NV
-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of Kate Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 1:21 PM
To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
Subject: TEMPTATION...new catalog

Oh dear...I just got my big new Dick Blick art supplies catalog, and what
should I find but that they have gotten into crafts as well. Including
ceramics. Tools, kilns, wheels, Amaco and Laguna stuff, pugmills, slab
rollers, glazes, ingredients, oh dear oh dear. (Didn't see any dry oxides
or Mason stains, though...and I'm needing cobalt...)

Blick knows how to sell things--very clear, tempting color photos! I buy a
lot of my ordinary art supplies there, because they're good, dependable,
quick, and have reasonable shipping.

Earl Brunner on wed 15 dec 04


Sure, IF you know what you want, and don't need to ask questions, they do
sell name brand equipment. Things like clay I think I would be careful of,
just because you would need to check the hardness, I wouldn't expect them to
move a lot, so some of it may be getting too hard.

Earl Brunner
Las Vegas, NV
-----Original Message-----
From: Clayart [mailto:CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG] On Behalf Of Kate Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 8:03 PM
To: CLAYART@LSV.CERAMICS.ORG
Subject: Re: TEMPTATION...new catalog

Hi Earl...


> As far as I know, Dick Blick always HAS sold those things. At least the
> one
> here has.

I didn't remember it being in their catalog!

My concern has always been with them that, unlike an actual
> Ceramics store, they often don't have staff that know much about the
> equipment.

That was more or less my question...so has that been your experience at the
Blick store in Las Vegas? Do you ever buy there? Those things I know about
myself, I have no qualms ordering from them. Like that 24" rolling pin for
my slabs....

Best--
Kate

Cynthia Bracker on wed 15 dec 04


Ah yes, the long awaited Bracker's Catalog - the big question mark! I
have to maintain a sense of humor about it. It's been so long in the
works and has become a real thorn in the side of my sister, who does
most of the layout. It was started before I got pregnant with my first,
Sophie and here I am 15 days away from "D-day" and it's still not
done!!! (It's gotten so huge that I was even assigned a few sections -
Publications and Tools and I did a lot of picture taking) Our last
catalog was 84 pages. The one forthcoming, (when/if it's ever finished)
is already double that. There are TONS of pictures, many in color, &
lots of information. I think we're also going to make it available in
pdf format on a disk for people who want that option. (A CD costs
about, what 10? Whereas the cost to print this catalog is probably
going to send Mom into the hospital or the loony bin (not sure which) ha
ha! Now if we could just get the manufacturers we represent to stop
adding new product lines, we might actually make it to press. I will
certainly post a message here when it is "put to bed" (I think that's
the appropriate journalist term - ?) I do have a separate list within
our regular mailing list of people who want a print catalog
automatically sent to them when done, if anyone wants to add their name
to that, either e-mail me directly with your name and address, or fill
out the contact form on our website: http://www.brackers.com/contact_us.cfm
In the meantime, I like to reference Laguna's catalog. Good color
section of all their glazes and clay bodies and lots of other b&w
pictures. Sheffield also has a catalog that was new within the last
year (I think they had just gotten it back last NCECA), but I don't
remember if there are pictures or not. AMACO's catalog is always nice -
full color - and lots of great pictures of work for ideas. They usually
come out with a new one (Oh no! Price changes! I hope they don't add
any glazes!!!) in January or early February, so they may be out of their
current one by now.
I have essentially finished the sections of our catalog that I was
assigned, so if anyone wants a pdf copy of the tools or publications
section, let me know and I can e-mail those to you.
Hope that helps a little!
Cindy Bracker
Bracker's Good Earth Clays, Inc.

Kate Johnson wrote:

> Oh dear...I just got my big new Dick Blick art supplies catalog, and what
> should I find but that they have gotten into crafts as well. Including
> ceramics. Tools, kilns, wheels, Amaco and Laguna stuff, pugmills, slab
> rollers, glazes, ingredients, oh dear oh dear. (Didn't see any dry
> oxides
> or Mason stains, though...and I'm needing cobalt...)
>
> Blick knows how to sell things--very clear, tempting color photos! I
> buy a
> lot of my ordinary art supplies there, because they're good, dependable,
> quick, and have reasonable shipping.
>
> SO. No idea how much they know about pottery/ceramics, but they
> certainly
> know how to sell. What I'd love to find is a comparable, COLOR
> catalog from
> someone who specializes in the field, for comparison. BigCeramicStore
> dot
> com appears only to be online, which is slow for those of us on dialup
> and
> sometimes hard to guess the proper search word at some online stores.
> The
> last catalog from a clay supplier I got was just text--no pictures, no
> color. I'm such a visual person...
>
> Anyone have any suggestions as to whom I should contact for a catalog?
>
> Cindy Bratcher, do you have one?
>
> Regards,
> Kate Johnson
> Graphics/Fine Arts
> http://www.cathyjohnson.info/
> http://www.epsi.net/graphic/
> http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_1494_profile.htm
>
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