Japan is where it all began.
A Japanese company, Aida Chemical Industries, were the first to introduce metal clay to the public in the 1990s and they hold the patent for metal clay. They also make Art Clay, the brand of metal clay that I use.
A cool fact that I didn’t know until I went to their website: Art Clay isn’t their main product. Their main business is as an industrial waste handling company, reclaiming silver and other metals from other industries and then refining it to be reused. I love that they take what others would consider scrap and make it usable again. Art Clay is just one of the uses for that reclaimed material.
Where it began is also where it has ended up: the last time that I ordered clay, I had to order it from Japan since the prices elsewhere had jumped up. I’d love to support a local business, but there isn’t one. There are a few Canadian ones, which is where I’ve gotten my clay previously, but when it costs 50% more to shop Canadian … it’s hard to stomach. So, last time I opted to wait longer while it flew here to get a significantly lower price. I’m now debating whether I order again from Japan before the prices creep up even more or wait to see if the dollar rebounds at all and makes it easier to order from a Canadian site.
Do you shop locally (or nationally) if you can? Or are you a savvy international shopper?