YES WE DO SELL FROM OUR STUDIO...but we don't have "hours" in a traditional way. If we're here, we're open. It's always best to call or email ahead of time.
DO WE DO WORKSHOPS? Maybe. I might if I have time. Our work never ends. If we're between trade shows, we either building product for the next "season" or new products are being worked on. BUT, I might be able to do a workshop if the timing is right...it happens.
DO WE MAKE OUR OWN GLAZES...sure. It's cheaper and we have more control. We experiment on new colorways and glaze bases all the time.
DO WE SHIP TO CANADA...yes. Not a problem.
OTHER THAN CANADA AND THE USA WHERE TO YOU SHIP...no place. We have exclusive arrangements for European distribution and we honor that.
WHY IS SHIPPING TO MUCH?...you would have to take that question up with the USPS folks. Our retail boxes ship for a flat $8 regardless of the destination in the USA and $12 for destinations in Canada.
IS THE WORK WATERPROOF...no. Not only is the clay a very porous clay body, a requirement for our process, the glaze (if it's raku) is full of small cracks. The few items we make that are vase-like can be made waterproof by coating the inside with three coats of "Jasco" tile sealer.
CAN YOU USE THE WORK FOR FOOD...not really. There are no toxic materials in the clay or glazes but see the prior response. It's just not a great idea.
DO YOU EVER HURT YOURSELF...not generally. I've branded myself once (this stuff is hot) and I do loose facial and arm hair with nearly every firing...why the hair on my fingers continues to grow back I have not idea...oh, and I shattered the back of my hand once...but generally I'm pretty careful.
IS THIS A RETIREMENT HOBBY...no. Although I re-branded my work in my late 50s, we are not retired and have no plans of retiring. Well maybe when I turn 80...maybe, we'll see.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK AT LICKINFLAMES...let's be perfectly clear...I get up in the morning and go to have fun. There is no "work" involved. LickinFlames is a two person operation, Jim and Brenda, husband and wife, best friends...that's it. Well, our Golden Retriever, Kylie, and our American Brittany, Montana, would like you to think they help.