Everything posted by Disciple5
Thank you all for your responses! I greatly appreciate the feedback as well as suggestions. I am able to get a mixer a pug mill. But I am open to the fact that it may be better for me to just buy bulk wet clay as some have suggested. I do have a small room that I would dedicate specifically to mixing clay and glazes with adequate ventilation so safety is not the main issue here. I should have also specified that I didn’t fire the same stoneware at two different temperatures. I meant that I have used stoneware when firing at cone 6 and 10. I have two electric kilns and would like to focus more at cone 10 because that is what I have done the most with and am used to. For those suggesting that I buy bulk wet clay, are there any national suppliers or those local to Wisconsin that you would recommend? And what clays from those suppliers would you recommend starting out with?
I took ceramic classes in college and loved it. I quickly became good on the wheel and that is my primary focus, however I also sculpt. I had the pleasure of working with multiple different clays. I primarily used stoneware and porcelain but occasionally earthenware as well. The stoneware I fired at cone 10 and 6 and porcelain at cone 10. I would consider myself a beginner as far as mixing the clays because I never had to do it and all the clay was made for us. I would like to mix my own clay bodies at home because I assume it’s cheaper than buying pre-made clay and I also will have more control with my preferences. I really liked stoneware and porcelain and wondered if anyone had any good recipes to share and advice to get me started. Like I said I mostly do wheel throwing (mugs, plates, bowls, teapots, etc.) I have the capabilities to fire up to cone 10. Thanks to everyone in advance!!
I took pottery in college as a hobby while completing my degree. I loved it so much that I have slowly been trying to put together a home studio. I would like to get a pug mill/mixer so that I can mix my clay from scratch (dry components), reclaim used clay, and use the de-airing features to save time and work. I am looking into the Peter Puggers, specifically the VPM-9SS and the VPM-20. Is the stainless steal worth the extra money (in the case of these two it would be $100 extra) and a smaller hopper? Or should I go for the bigger hopper and $100 cheaper with the VPM-20. Though I have thrown on a wheel and sculpted for years I am somewhat new to this piece of equipment and any information would be appreciated!!