I was greatly saddened to find that many of my favorite glazes and underglazes are being discontinued.
Mayco/Ceramichrome and Duncan are discontinuing a large number of their products. What is left will be a very small selection which I find very limiting to my creativity.
I understand part of why they are cutting back. It is the economy and the fact that the ceramics industry has fallen into a real depression. If a product does not sell, they cannot keep producing it. It is up to the consumer to support the manufacturers. The same thing has been happening to the mold manufacturers and the suppliers of all related ceramic products. That has been happening with all the ceramic shops that have gone out of business over the past few years.
This is a very sad thing and I hope that all of you will make a concerted effort to help revitalize the ceramics industry with your enthusiasm, support and efforts. We all have to fight forward and do what we can to support all aspects of this industry.
Knowing that many great products will no longer be available, I encourage you to contact your favorite suppliers and even new suppliers and stock up on any of your favorites that you find are being discontinued.
Go paint something today — have fun in the mud