Nov 14 2011

My 2012 Class Schedule

My class schedule for 2012 has been updated. The following workshops have been added:

March 17-22
5-day intensive at my studio in Berkeley, CA 510-528-4183.
You can sign up on my website or contact me directly.

March 30-April 1
BeadFX, Toronto, Canada
Details will follow.

July 20-22
Krasl Art Center
707 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, MI 49085-1398
(269) 983-0271
Details will follow.

August 11-14
Alberta, Canada
Details will follow.

August 16-19
Vancouver, Canada
Details will follow.

Nov 8 2011

Changes in Product Line, New Products, and New Distributors

This is a message to all our customers and distributors. In order to align all of our Hadar’s Clay™ products, a few changes will be introduced to our product line (and to Hadar’s Online Store) in January 2012.

1. Traditional (Flex) Pearl Grey Steel XT and Traditional (Flex) Rose Bronze will be added to the product line and will be available in 50 gram jars. These represent the Traditional (not Quick-fire) variety of Hadar’s Clay™ Pearl Grey Steel XT and Hadar’s Clay™ Rose Bronze. It is the most suitable variety for making flexible clay. For a demonstration, please watch the video below. Full instructions can be found in my book The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms, 2nd edition.

2. A Sampler Kit containing one jar each of Traditional (Flex) copper and bronze (50 grams each), and Traditional (Flex) Pearl Grey Steel XT and Rose Bronze (25 grams each) will also be added to the product line.

3. Quick-fire Steel XT will be replacing the current Quick-fire Steel and will be available in 50-gram jars. This is an improved product, stronger than the earlier version, and can be fired at a lower temperature. Most important: unlike the earlier version, it can be fired with other metals in the same piece.

4. The functions of Pearl Grey Steel and Pearl Grey Steel XT will be merged, and Pearl Grey Steel will be discontinued. All of the applications of Pearl Grey Steel can be achieved using Pearl Grey Steel XT. Additionally, Pearl Grey Steel XT has the advantage of being suitable for use on its own with no additional metals.

Both Quick-fire Steel XT and Pearl Grey Steel XT shrink 28% by volume. Both are strong on their own and fire nicely with other metals. There are slight differences between them, and choosing which one to work with is a matter of personal preference.

When the product changes go into effect, the Instruction Manual and Hadar’s Online Store will be updated accordingly.

5. We are pleased to announce two new distributors, in Mexico and Canada.

Art Clay Canada

Mexico (as of January 1st, 2012):
Art Clay World Mexico (website currently under construction)


Mineralia Stores

A list of all our distributors can be found here.

6. As of January 1, 2012, all Hadar’s Clay™ prices will be increased by 10%.

Nov 3 2011

New Video – Shortening the Firing Time

I recently taught a 4-day class in Waltham, MA. There were 12 people in the class and one of them was kind enough to bring in a double-burner camping stove. We did all our pre-firing (first phase – binder burnout) on the stove. The second phase was done in three front-loading kilns. If you have ever taken one of my workshops, you know how many pieces can be created in the course of 4 days. However, while at my previous classes people had typically waited for their pieces to be fired, this time the kilns were waiting for them. We fired twice a day, sometimes three times. We ended up firing almost all the pieces before the class was over.

This photo was taken by Nicki Piaget:

And these beautiful pieces are the creations of Maggie Bokor:

As I wrote in an earlier posting and follow-up, firing the first phase over a stove top can save hours of firing time! Here is a video showing the whole quick process from beginning to end. Enjoy!