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In Topic: How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?

11 July 2014 - 03:25 PM

Can you describe how your newish Peter Peter applies the vacuum, or maybe show a picture of how that part works?

In Topic: How Much Difference Does A De-Airing Pug Mill Make?

10 July 2014 - 11:16 PM

I haven't got around to adding vacuum to my antique bluebird. I picked up a new vacuum pump on craigslist for $40. Though I understand the rationale for shoving clay through the screen, I'm not convinced that it cannot induce as many air bubbles as it allows the vacuum pump to suck out. it seems is to me as if the blades do a pretty good job of slicing up the clay. I would think that would give the vacuum pretty good access to air bubbles.However, I've never seen a De-airing pugmill that does not have one of the screens. .... I would like other people's thoughts on this theory. 


At this point, I think I'm just going to build a small clay trap with some pipe fittings and screw that into a threaded whole  in the auger tube.,


Your thought please.

In Topic: Stephen Hill Firing Schedule

25 April 2014 - 11:56 AM


 I think you're right that a lot of other famous potters do a hold at the top.  I'm glad to see them speaking up here :)

In Topic: Stephen Hill Firing Schedule

24 April 2014 - 09:08 PM

I certainly agree with all of the above. it seems curious to me that he is the only one of the big-name potters, that I'm aware of, that does a conspicuous soak at the top.

In Topic: An Artist's Life (Continued)

09 March 2014 - 07:32 PM

it's very hard to get paid well doing something others do for fun.


 40 years ago I had a passing fantasy of becoming a professional potter. That fantasy was brought to a sudden reality check halt when I walked into the classroom one day and saw the best instructor was over in the corner throwing many dozens of cups off the hump. I was bewildered why a guy I had seen do astonishing things was pretending he was a cup factory. I went over and asking why he was doing this. He looked up and said "that's what sells".  I doubted that I could ever be as good as he was and I certainly didn't want to end up being a cup factory.