[Clayart] Reclaiming 30 lbs of clay

vpitelka at dtccom.net vpitelka at dtccom.net
Sat Jul 10 20:34:15 UTC 2021

Hi Bonnie - 
Let it all get bone-dry, then immerse it in lots of water in plastic buckets lined with plastic bags.  Let it sit overnight and then decant off all water from the top.  Let it sit until it stiffens to reasonable throwing consistency, pull it out by the bag, skin off the bag, and run it through your pugmill.  If you are in more of a hurry, once you skim off the water you can mound it up in rows on plastic sheeting and let it stiffen to plastic consistency.  It will be more variable in stiffness that way, but you have a pugmill.
- Vince

Vince Pitelka
Potter, Writer, Teacher
Chapel Hill, NC
vpitelka at dtccom.net

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Subject: [Clayart] Reclaiming 30 lbs of clay

I have about 30 pounds of clay in various states of wetness/dryness that I want to reconstitute for throwing. (I thoroughly  cleaned out my Peter Pugger after several years because the clay in the barrel was to dry to be

Some is hard as bisque, although none was fired. Other pieces are wet and sloppy.

Would you dry out everything and then wet it? Would you put it in a lot of water?

It's been a long time since I've had this much scrap.

Thanks for sharing your experience,

Bonnie D. Hellman
PO Box 1210
Ouray, CO 81427
mou10ms at gmail.com <mou10ms at gmail.com>
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