I inherited from another school a contraption that I think is a pug mill.
It was manufactured by A.D. Alpine (never heard of them). There is a
hopper on top with a long handle with which to push material in. There's
a lot of dried clay and trash inside, but there seems to be an auger- or
giant screw-like part inside at the bottom, which goes into a sort of
pipe that runs 10-12" out from the main hopper section; it has an open
If this sounds like a pug mill to you, would you please explain exactly
what it's for? De-airing clay? Can you throw in all your dried scraps
and some water and turn it on and get nice clay from the other end?
Although I took a lot of ceramics in college, the precious grad students
ran all the equipment and kilns.
Also, while searching for info on the Web about pug mills, I came across
this interesting site regarding Thai celadon:
which is part of a much larger site on Thailand. There was also a really
interesting thread on recycling clay on a clay group on DejaNews (just
type in "recycling clay"). Neither had the info I was looking for, but
the serendipitous info was great.
One other thing: has anyone tried wedging on Sheetrock or plasterboard?
My homemade bats are always getting broken.