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Re: What is a pug mill?

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Numo Jaeger and Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 20:48:07 -0400

Alpine is one of the major updaft kiln manufacturing companies. They used
to make all sorts of equipment but I don't know if they still make wheels
and pugmils. They definately still make gas kilns.

A pugmil is used to recycle clay. It mashes and blends the clay. You can
add other materials in when you are using a pugmil like grog, sand, dry
clay and or ball clays. I have always used dried clay that I turned back
into slurry and then dried out until it is relatively stiff and mixed that
with stiffer clay in the pugmil.

Some pugmils have the capability to "de-air" the clay so that less wedging
may or may not be required before the clay is worked into a sculpture or
functional form.

Numo Jaeger
Ceramics Department Coordinator
Studio One Art Center
365 45th Street
Oakland CA 94609
At 04:53 PM 7/30/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Hello, all,
>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.