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Hi guys! I was wondering what to do for grinding my own glaze drips off my pieces that are unwanted! Before I had my own studio, I was using a professional one of my friends that worked amazing but money wise I'm thinking of just getting a drill bit with a grinding stone on it! I have a feeling a grinding stone will take a lot longer than finding something electric, Any advice on which to get or what works for you please let me know
I am new to the forum, though not new to pottery. I make pit fired pottery reproductions of Anasazi pottery, as well as a kind of "fusion" that combines different pottery traditions. I dig some of my clay, and I have typically ground it between two pieces of sandstone. This is tedious, tiring, and slow. I have wanted to grind it using a machine but here are my dilemmas. A corn grinder is barely an improvement over the native mano-metate approach and the hand-powered ones are hardly made to grind small pieces of sandstone. There are commercial grain grinders but again, they are really engineered to grind wheat and corn. Bluebird (Colorado) used to manufacture a hammer mill for clay but no longer do so, and despite considerable effort, I have never been able to find a used one. I've considered buying a grain grinder that works off a tractor PTO but mostly they're designed for large quantities, and I anticipate maybe grinding 200# a year. I have water processed clay before, but some clays have so much ionic attraction that they tend to clump up, making it impossible to strain them. Anyone have any ideas of where to find a used hammer mill for grinding clay? Kind thanks, Wayne Keene Cortez, CO