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Clay Extruders

Clay extruders are excellent tools for the ceramics studio and come in all shapes and sizes – from repurposing small, plastic children’s toys for small extrusions to using a commercial extruder to create pieces for largescale ceramic sculpture, clay artists have been using this tool with great results. Here, you’ll see some great examples of work created with clay extruders and learn how you can use this tool in your own work. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Clay Extruder Users Guide: Tips, Techniques, and Projects for Getting the Most Out of Your Ceramic Extruder. This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.


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How to Make an Address Sign with Slabs and Extrusions

Posted On May 28, 2014 1 Comment
Address signs are fun to make as housewarming gifts for friends and family, or to put your own personal stamp on your own house. In today’s post, an excerpt from The Extruder Book, Daryl Baird shows how to make a lovely address sign with extruded parts. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.     Recently, a friend asked… Read More »
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How to Make a Hexagonal Wall Pocket with an Extruder

Posted On May 2, 2014 1 Comment

There’s a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today’s post, Daryl Baird demonstrates how he uses a commercial hexagonal die to make a neat wall pocket vase.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Dress Up a Tray with Custom Extruded Trim

Posted On April 18, 2014 4 Comments

There’s a lot more to the extruder than making strap handles. With a multitude of commercial dies or custom homemade dies, the only limit is the imagination. In today’s post, an excerpt from his brand new DVD The Extruder Video: Making the Most Out of Your Clay Extruder, Daryl Baird shows how he dresses up an ordinary extruded tray with trim made from a custom credit card die.- Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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How to Make a Casserole Dish by Combining Slabs and Extrusions

Posted On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

Daryl Baird’s Extruder Book has just been revised and re-released, this time with 19 great how-to projects from beginning to end (including beautiful color photographs of the process and the finished pieces!) In today’s post, I thought I would share one of those projects: a casserole dish that combines slabs and extrusions. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

PS: Coming soon…The Extruder DVD! Stay tuned!

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Totally Tubular! A Video Introduction to Using a Clay Extruder

Posted On September 17, 2010 13 Comments

In today’s video, and excerpt from his three-disc DVD set Extrude It!, David Hendley gives a helpful introduction to extruders. He shares his expertise on making homemade dies, clearly explains the physics behind using two-part dies and demonstrates how to pull an extrusion using a two-part die.

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DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Finalist 3

Posted On July 30, 2010 39 Comments

Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools Video Contest: Craig Rhodes and his oversized splash pan. Also, the voting for the grand prize winner begins today and continues through midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Monday, August 2. Click here to watch the video and vote for your favorite!

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DIY Clay Tools Video Contest – Finalist 2

Posted On July 28, 2010 54 Comments

Today, we are happy to present the next finalist in our DIY Clay Tools  Video Contest: Murry Gans and his homemade extruder. A link to the voting page for the grand prize winner will be posted on Friday July 30, and voting will continue through midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Monday, August 2.

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Twisted! How to Make Funky Ceramic Lotion Dispensers With a Clay Extruder

Posted On July 12, 2010 17 Comments

We recently got a clay extruder at the studio where I work. With my newfound access to an extruder, I realized that one thing Ceramic Arts Daily was lacking was a free download about extruders. Up until today, that is, because the Clay Extruder Users Guide: Tips, Techniques, and Projects for Getting the Most Out of Your Ceramic Extruder is now available for download! To give you a sneak peek at what’s inside, I am presenting this excerpt on making extruded and altered lotion dispensers from David Hendley.

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Squish, Chop, Assemble, Repeat: A Potter Demonstrates the Fun That Can be Had With an Extruder and a Ram Press

Posted On September 4, 2009 30 Comments

In today’s pottery video, potter Ric Pierce demonstrates how to make one of his signature forms, the pelican jug, using an extruder and a ram press.

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Using a Clay Extruder to Create “Woven” Ceramic Baskets

Posted On April 1, 2009 3 Comments

At first glance, one might assume that Shuji Ikeda’s baskets (like the one at the left) are woven out of reeds. But Ikeda uses slabs and extruded pieces of clay to painstakingly construct these forms. Today, he shares how he makes his “tsuchi kago” or clay baskets out of extruded clay.