Many potters and ceramic artists are faced with the constant chore of recycling scrap clay and some even choose to mix their own clay bodies from scratch. Clay mixers and pugmills are great machines designed to help with these tasks in a variety of settings. They’re not cheap, but in some situations, the investment is… Read More »
Imagine tossing clay scraps from leather hard to bone dry to sloppy slurry into a machine and having it come out the other end as beautiful, plastic, workable clay. Well, this dream machine exists – it is a pugmill. Though the name might sound more like a dreadful place for breeding puppies with funny faces, pugmills are similar to oversized meat grinders and are used to homogenize plastic clay bodies. Learn more about these handy tools and where to get one right here. And don't forget to download your free copy of the 2011 Clay Workshop Handbook: Knowledge and Techniques for the Pottery Studio . 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.
Reclaiming slop clay can be a bear – unless you happen to own a pugmill like potter Kim Westad. In this video, you can see the pugmill in action, plus learn a lot about Kim’s creative process.