Jeans in July?  I still can’t believe it, but yes, I’m wearing jeans today and am quite comfortable.  This has been one of our coolest summers I can remember.  Our warehouse guys sure have been happy about that as they work to put together all of the fall orders for schools.  Our summer resident, Zach, also took advantage of the cooler weather and spent several hours in the studio making test tiles for the Flint Hills clays.  Watch for information regarding shrinkage and absorption coming soon!  We also celebrated some important anniversaries this month here at Brackers.  Our warehouse manager, Seth, began his 10th year here on the 5th and David began his TWENTIETH year hear on the 24th of this month.  My birthday was July 20th, and I celebrated it by completing my first triathlon out at Clinton Lake.  On the following Tuesday, my Bracker’s family shared a delicious home made (by my mom and sister) turtle cheesecake with me out here.  This has been a sweet month indeed!

July Recap…

We enjoyed hosting Sam Holloway in our studio this month as our featured artist for July.  Soft-spoken Sam was a delight to watch work.  He also entertained us with lots of fun stories.  You can check out the pictures from the event here.  And if you missed our short video on creating your own textures or stamps with Balsa foam, catch that here.  We’re offering a free sample of it with any order over $75 while supplies last.  Only a few sample packs remain!  Perhaps you can pick up a pint or two of one of our Glazes of the Month for July, before the new ones are announced in August!   

Looking ahead to August…

August is always our biggest month of the year.  I can’t count the hundreds of thousands of pounds of clay that come in and go out in August, I try, but I always lose count sometime around the 20th of the month.  Maybe I’ll have better luck this year.  Stay tuned the to blog for the new glazes of the month.  Those posts are always released on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of them month.  We’ll also have a new video special for you and a book review or two in honor of the back to school season!  And be sure to check out Josh Novak, our August Featured Artist, in the studio on Saturday the 9th!

Wonderful Workshops…

Important information about our upcoming Andrew Martin workshop on moldmaking and slip casting.  The date has been changed from September 20-21, 2014 to NOVEMBER 1-2, 2014 .  We are very excited to be bringing Andrew from overseas to present this workshop.  Mold Making and Slipcasting is one of the hottest trends in ceramics, and this workshop is vastly different than anything we’ve done in the past.  For more information and to sign up, click the image below:
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We’re also excited to announce that our Forrest Middleton & Adam Field (or maybe Adam Field and Forrest Middleton) workshop, scheduled for  April 25-26, 2015 is no longer tentative!  Watch the Bracker’s Blog for more information about this dynamic duo!

New on shop.brackers.com

Did you know you can always find the most recently added products on Shop.brackers.com by scrolling down below workshops and clicking on the category for newest products?  Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.06.19 AM-1Right now you can find our Balsa Foam sample set and the AMACO Celadons.  These beautiful glazes were actually added last month, but they have been so incredibly popular, that we thought we’d mention them again!

We also recently added quite a few of our Laguna Cone 5 glazes to the website, with photos to come soon!

 

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August is always a fun month for Brackers because it is Back to School Month!  Delivering, shipping, and  loading orders into school or teacher’s vans creates busy weeks, but we are up to the task after so many years of experience.   We try to get the clay and other supplies out in as timely a manner as possible.  We do give preference to orders that have been here for several months, but we also recognize that some schools do not give out purchase orders until late July.  We try very hard to make sure those go out quickly, too.  Teachers and their students are our first priority

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