Yes the Bluebird 24S is just a 150 pound batch mixer.
I have no idea what brand pug mill it started out as. I got it at a school auction. They used it hard, welded it back together, and put it up wet. It lasted 2 years before it caught fire the first time and cost me $1,800 to get it rebuilt. It's been 3 years from the last fire and it only pugs about 35 pounds at a time. With it not having a vacuum pump I have to run all the clay through the mill twice.
I have no idea what other production potters throw in a week and there are a lot of variables in there answer. I have 1 full time assistant that feeds me clay and moves my wareboards and racks around. I do all the mixing, throwing, glazing, loading, firing, and unloading my self.
I'm sorry to say this but “That's 20 to 60, 50# boxes of clay a week”, I would stop throwing if I used boxed clay.
I'm mostly doing terracotta pots right now. The pots are 25, 17, 8, and 3 pound pots stacked in side each other with one of 3 glaze patterns in 10,000 pound batches. Currently I’m firing there third order, I started throwing there forth order, and mixed there fifth order.
I do pots and vases up to 5' high and 3' wide when ordered or when I need a great show stopper at a sale.
I also do a lot of stoneware cook ware, mugs, soup bowls and stuff.
Edited by Jawpot, 25 March 2014 - 11:35 PM.