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  1. Hi Mark, Yes I think I will be ordering the VPM 9SS. I just love the compact size and it looks easy to clean if needed to, plus their good reputation. The Bailey is a Solid and super nice machine too and much better priced for sure but for my use it is too large to fit in my Studio. Thank you so much for your advice everyone. I will share some pictures once it is installed ; )
  2. Hi Mark, Haaha he's probably very busy making beautiful pots. I have...thank you.
  3. HI Harry, It has been five years since you posted this, how has the problem been resolved for you? Because I am looking into buying the VPM 9 SS. Thank you.
  4. Hello Lgg, Congratulations in your choice. Maybe I should wait until you get yours for some demo videos from you? Yes I had called Baileys too and they were out of Stock until August. Please keep us posted how your experience is with the Bailey?? Thanks.
  5. Hello, I have been following this thread and my dilemma has been the same(for 2 years) to chose between the PP VPM 9SS and recently the Bailey MSV 25 SS. It has been taking long to decide because I wanted to find out how much clay I use before investing in an expensive but good machine, and of course the size suitable for my needs. I am an Art Teacher and have a Studio where I teach multiple disciplines including Ceramics and Pottery on the Wheel to kids and Adults. I do about four firings a year only, but the Clay has accumulated somewhat and because of a herniated back I have to mind the physical work. I have always re-wedged what I needed, but seeing all the buckets of remnants...with a Pugger it will be much cleaner and organized. Plus I never throw away clay. My mom always says: " First choice is the best choice". So far this has proven always right for me, for one it applied to my daughters dad too : ) I have not decided which pugger to get yet but I am sure after writing the pros and cons I may make a solid decision which one to get. Reasons why I like the two, because they both hold 25 LBS, mix scraps, de-air, pug and are stainless(I have future plans of giving Porcelain a try and work with low fire white clay (have been known to pit the Aluminum barrels(read the forums))...yes. Both companies have been on the market for a very long time. Bailey has such great reviews and a community, the YouTube videos give wonderful insight and the machine is awesome no doubt. I love the fact that one can throw in more clay without losing vacuum for sure. Oh and they are out of Stock until August 2018. However compared to the Peter Pugger, I like it because it is a more compact machine and taking the barrel off and cleaning( if I ever will need to) looks a bit more practical to me and my health. I do not mind if I lose vacuum to add more clay. I guess it is a different process, every pugger needs getting used to. My only concern is must there always be a full chamber of clay to pug everything out v.s. the Bailey too? I am sure there will always be some clay left in the barrel which makes sense because the clay needs to push itself out?! That will make accessing the clay in the Peter Pugger easier if I wanted to clean it out manually and without opening the Barrel? I wish there were more videos on YouTube about the Peter Pugger used by Potters. I have always leaned towards the Peter Pugger, it was my first choice too but the Bailey is a very good machine too. For now the size is also a key issue and do find the Bailey too big. Depending on the feedback and advice I will make my final decision. Thank you so much.
  6. Thank you for your feedback. I'll definitely try it with less important pieces. The kids are really looking forward to their pieces, so am I : )
  7. I have a lot of different items my students made and for the first time I am working with the Velvet Underglazes from Amaco, they are now bonedry, I mean really bonedry! Can I stack underglazed pots in underglazed pots to be bisqued or will they fuse. Would it also fuse on the shelves if some of the underglaze is on the bottom of the pots. To be safe I have cleaned all the bottoms and it was quite tedious. I am ready for the first bisque fire and will post the before and after shortly.
  8. HI Mark I've seen this way of stacking for bisque firings, however with the Amaco Velvet underglazes which can be applied to greenware and then bisqued, can these pots be Tumble stacked too? Thanks. Melany
  9. I watched the video which I found very helpful too. I was also wondering if anyone knows what kind of material or surface the table is, nothing sticks to it? It almost looks like a black concrete?
  10. Thanks Pres, truly love this idea and that is something I'll be trying myself tonight on the wheel. It is indeed about the feel of the clay on the wheel. Any more of these great ideas and teaching strategies for the beginners from 5 years to adults, which is the age range I'll be teaching.
  11. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions. I am located in South America; what has worked best is ordering clean clay from the U.S. and having it consolidated in Miami and shipped overseas. One can only imagine the extra costs and import duties. Therefor it is best to purchase in bulk(for better discounts and considering our monetary inflation rate against the US Dollar) and stock up. The clay keeps very well, although I wished Amaco would vacuum seal the bags, instead the weight of the clay keeps it closed. Unfortunately during unloading; boxes of clay are sometimes jumbled causing the bags to slightly open up. Colby, Euclids, does have really good prices, I may try to order a few items from them. Always open for more suggestions. Thank you. Melany
  12. Hello, I am new to this Forum and love to read the posts. I've just recently invested in starting up a small Ceramics studio and purchased all of my supplies from Amaco such as Clay, wheels, Kiln to tools. I was wondering if anyone can suggest any other good online companies with very competitive prices for their tools and supplies. I have found that Amaco sells en extensive range but rather basic tools. Thanks for the help. Melany
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