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Totally Tubular! A Video Introduction to Using a Clay Extruder

Clay extruders are handy tools for the ceramics studio and can be used to make some amazing work – and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to own one. You can easily make a simple handheld extruder out of a caulking gun or, if you really have a knack for making tools, you can make a heavy-duty model.


Maydelle,Texas, potter David Hendley knows extruders. He’s been using them in his pottery since the 1970s! In today’s video, and excerpt from his three-disc DVD set Extrude It!, David 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. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


This clip was excerpted from the three-disc DVD set Extrude It!, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Bookstore!