In all studios, potters are faced with the dilemma of recycling scrap clay, and in many studio situations, it’s essential to be able to mix custom clay bodies. Additionally, some studios require clay that is ready to use without any additional wedging, either because of time constraints or concern for wear and tear on the wrists. With the right machine, you can easily deal with scrap clay and mix custom clay bodies when they’re needed.
Here, Bill Jones, editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, presents an overview and an explanation of the different clay mixers and pugmills out there. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
|Types of Machines
There are four common types of clay processors on the market: the horizontal-shaft hopper mixer, the vertical-axis rotating-drum Soldner mixer, the pugmill and the combination mixer/pugmill.
This article is included in Successful Tips for Buying and Using Pottery Clay: How to Select the Right Clay, Estimate your Clay Needs, and Test Clays for Better Results, which is free to Ceramic Arts Daily subscribers.