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Everyone who works with clay invariably ends up with trimmings, dry work that just doesn’t make the cut, and clay that simply dries out too much to be workable. Depending on the volume of clay you use in your studio, and how much physical work you are willing to do to reclaim and recycle that clay, you may consider a clay mixer or a pugmill to be a useful piece of equipment. They both make short work of mixing clay, saving wear and tear on your body and saving significant amounts of time and energy in the process.

 

The question becomes one of fitting your needs to the right piece of equipment. Do you need a mixer to simply shorten the process and get the clay and water together in the right amounts? This means you would still need to wedge the clay to even out consistency and remove any air that became entrained in the mixing process. Perhaps you want a pugmill with a vacuum chamber that will remove the air and produce ready-to-use logs of clay.

 

Many pugmills can also be used as extruders. With the addition of a shaped die over the exit nozzle, your pugmill can pull double duty in the studio. The first step in this process is to define your needs. Then, of course, read through Pugmills and Clay Mixers: Equipment for Mixing, Recycling and Reclaiming Clay to find the right clay equipment to suit your needs. Budget and additional accessories are certainly important considerations as well, and for that reason, we have provided a resource list of manufacturers so you can research further details.

 

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Pugmills and Clay Mixers: Equipment for Mixing, Recycling and Reclaiming Clay
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What You Need to Know about Pugmills and Clay Mixers
by Bill Jones

This is a comprehensive overview of how to approach the exploration and purchasing of a pugmill or clay mixer. Researched and written by the editor of Pottery Making Illustrated, it will guide you through everything you need to consider when looking to purchase recycling and/or reclaim equipment for you r clay studio.

 

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