Professional Development

We have a deep devotion to Ceramic Art Education.   In addition to providing daily advice and information, we offer a wide variety of in-services and professional development sessions, and even workshops directly with you and your students/group.  We have a variety of ready-to-go offerings from hands-on projects with clay and glaze to seminars on Electric Kilns to Raku Firings, or let us create a custom event for you!

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Workshops

Three times a year, we seek out top artists in our field to come present a 2 day workshop at our store in Lawrence.  It’s always a special experience for us and the participants.             

In the past, we’ve enjoyed great artists such as Robin Hopper, Lana Wilson, Steve Branfman, Linda Arbuckle, Robert Piepenburg, Kristen Kieffer, Forrest Lesch-Middleton & Adam Field, and we are looking forward to Marcia Selsor, Greg Daly, and Ryan LaBar, Linda Lopez, & Peter Pincus! 

Product Knowledge

We are committed to providing only quality supplies.  We routinely test and use the products we sell.  This enables us to better answer your questions about the best techniques and materials to help you create your work.  Whether you shop online, on the phone or in the store, we always have time to teach you what you need to know to be successful.

 

Dishin' the Dirt (most recent blog posts)

Friday Fun – Fire

There are few things that are more fun for me than Raku.  So this isn’t just any “Friday Fun” video.   This is FIERY FRIDAY FUN, and of course, we have great sale prices to go along with this video. Pick up a Bracker Raku Kiln for only $150 this... read more
Fire it up this Fall!

Fire it up this Fall!

Believe it or not, soon the summer days will be slipping away, replaced by the crispness of Autumn.  Fall is a great time for some fun & (safe) fire.  We have two opportunities for you.  The first is our annual Fall B’Raku event, which will take place on... read more

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Dave's Tech Tips

IMG_9579You don’t have to be able speak geek to care for your ceramics equipment!  Each month, Bracker’s repair tech, David Sturm, will share a great tip that he’s learned in his 20+ years of experience, from Routine Maintenance to Troubleshooting to Part Replacement.

Read more here!

Resources - Complete PDF Library!

We have been working hard to build a Resource Library for our Bracker Community.  Here you will find

Clay MSDS

Raw Materials & Chemicals MSDS

Glaze MSDS

Other Glaze Information

Kilns & Firing Information

Lesson Plans

Handouts from Past Workshop Artists

Other Helpful PDFs

and anything else we can think of (or anything you can think of….got an idea for something you’d like to see on our website?  Send us a message or ask a question in our interactive FAQ section!)

Used Equipment

There are tons of places to find used equipment, from ebay & craigslist to facebook and yahoo groups like potterbarter. We’ve never sold used equipment directly, but we are presently exploring the idea of consignment selling. In the meantime, we have our own section of our message boards for want to buy/want to sell, which you can find here.

Interactive FAQ

Got a question?  We have an INTERACTIVE FAQ section.  So if you don’t already see the information you need, just ask us!

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Watch

Our YouTube Channel includes informational videos about products we sell, instructional videos from Second Saturdays, and occasionally, some just plain fun stuff.  We also put together a few playlists full of videos we have screened and think you will enjoy!

Connect

We have always appreciated the social engagement that seems to come naturally with being involved in ceramics.  Communities of Clay have now expanded to a variety of online entities, and Bracker’s is happy to be part of the discussions that happen in those platforms.

Shop

Looking to buy supplies?  Click here to visit our online store, where you can find everything you need from Alumina to Zinc! You can shop online and pickup in our main store in Lawrence, our satellite location in Kansas City, or have your products delivered to your door!  You can also use the “shop” menu above to navigate to a specific category in our web store.

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What's your main method of construction?
wheel thrown
slab construction
extruded
pinch/coil
slip cast
3D printed
press molded
other
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Bracker’s Quick Info

Hours:
Tues, Wed, Fri 9am-5pm,
Thursdays 9am-6pm
Sat 10am-3pm
Phone: 888-822-1982/785-841-4750
Fax: 785-841-8142
Address: 1831 E 1450 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66044
e-mail: mail (at) brackers.com
name pronunciation: Brah' kers :)

Bracker's Gallery

We have created this new section on our website, filled with artist profiles for our customers and friends who put their faith in our products, knowledge and expertise.  In each profile, you can see some images of the great things they make with the things they buy at Bracker’s, as well as contact information and website & social media links.

Bracker’s has become more then just my clay supplier, they are my home away from home when I am visiting Kansas.

Chanda Zea

Professional Development

Our devotion to teaching also translates to “teaching teachers.”  For that, we offer a wide variety of in-services and professional development sessions, and even workshops directly with you and your students. Click right here to see some of our out-of-the box offerings, and If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please contact us and let us create a custom event for you!

Workshops

3 times a year, we seek out top artists in our field to come present a 2 day workshop at our store in Lawrence.  It’s always a special experience for us and the participants.  In the past, we’ve enjoyed Robin Hopper, Lana Wilson, Steve Branfman, Linda Arbuckle, Paul Wandless, Eric Stearns, Angelica Pozo, Paul Lewing, David Gamble, Linda Ganstrom, Conner Burns, Dan Gegen, Robert Piepenburg, Kristen Kieffer, Wally Asselberghs & Sue Morse, and we are looking forward to Forrest Lesch-Middleton & Adam Field, Marcia Selsor, Greg Daly, and Ryan LaBar, Linda Lopez, & Peter Pincus!  Click here to find out more!

Second Saturday

We started our Second Saturdays Artist Series in December 2008 and have featured makers of every variety – throwers, handbuilders, slipcasters, sculptors, even mixed media artists.  The featured artists can inspire casual art lovers with a new perspective on how pottery is created, an educator who is seeking new ideas for their students, and even a professional potter on a quest for continuing education of their craft. FREE and open to the public, potters and pottery enthusiasts alike. No need to RSVP, just show up on the Second Saturday of each month anytime between 10am-3pm, and stay for as long as you’d like. 

For nearly a third of a century, Bracker’s has been providing ceramics supplies to makers in the Kansas City area.  Since 1982, we’ve grown to serve primarily a 6 state region, though we do ship coast to coast and even internationally.  Whether you visit us to browse in our expansive main store in Lawrence, KS, pick up your products at our satellite location in Kansas City, MO, or order online and have your supplies shipped to your door, you can be confident that you are getting the highest quality materials and service around! 

William Bracker was a ceramics professor for a decade before leaving academia to become a full-time studio potter with his wife, Anne.  Because of that experience, we understand the need for consistency in materials the importance of a supplier’s comprehensive knowledge of the field of ceramics.  You can trust that you are getting accurate information and correct answers to all of your ceramics-related questions. We strive to provide not only quality products but also ceramic art education via workshops, open studio events, teacher in-services and even YouTube videos.
We are proud to have David Sturm, widely known and respected as one of the country’s best ceramic equipment repair techs. He can fix whatever you may have broken, OR he can help you solve your own problem over the phone. He also lectures and presents workshops on kiln firing and maintenance best practices. Be sure to also check out his monthly tech tip on our website!
We love being part of the ceramics community and we value the close relationships created by the bonds of clay. Our customers are some of our best friends. Learn more about our family-owned and operated business here on our website, and join the Bracker Community. You can also connect with us on instagram, pinterest, tumblr twitter & YouTube as @Brackersclay and like our facebook page, Bracker’s Good Earth Clays