[Clayart] Pugged Clay - Not Great

Linda White llwhite at epix.net
Fri Oct 21 22:51:41 EDT 2016

This is interesting to me because I mix up my own clay body, and I find the reclaim is always better than the clay when it's first mixed up. I do save my throwing water and use it as part of the water for my clay mixing. Perhaps you could find a way to save the clay that's in the throwing water by using the throwing water to rewet your reclaim?

Linda White
LickHaven Pottery
Dushore PA

On Oct 21, 2016, at 9:15 PM, Dan Saultman wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have been pugging my scraps for a couple years (Petter Pugger) and have noticed that the reclaimed clay is less plastic.
> When I open a center lump of clay it splits and has to be repaired (with a sponge before proceeding.) Has anyone noticed that pugged clay quality is diminished?
> Is there a magic bullet to fix this? (sorry, always looking for the magic fix)  Like adding a lb. of ball clay or something?
> I suspect that the good stuff is skimmed away in the throwing bucket.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks,
> Dan
> Dan Saultman
> Fine Art Pottery for Home & Office
> Saultman Design, Inc.
> Clinton Twp. MI 48035
> email: design at saultman.com
> 586.404.5299

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