[Clayart] Clayart Digest, Vol 68, Issue 8

Bonnie Hellman mou10ms at gmail.com
Sun Jul 11 00:20:59 UTC 2021


Thanks all. The Peter Pugger did get cleaned down to metal, and was
refilled with clay of good consistency.  It's this other stuff that's the
problem.

We have very low humidity here in the SW Colorado mountains, so it should
dry out relatively quickly.

Bonnie

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>    4. Re: Reclaiming 30 lbs of clay (Terry Lazaroff)
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> From: Bonnie Hellman <mou10ms at gmail.com>
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> 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
> extruded.)
>
> 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
>
> --
> Bonnie D. Hellman
> PO Box 1210
> Ouray, CO 81427
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> From: "kathi at lesueurclaywork.com" <kathi at lesueurclaywork.com>
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> I would dry it all out then slake is for a few weeks. I lay the clay on
> old kiln shelves and pug it when it has dried to a good consistency.
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> Kathi LeSueur
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> > On Jul 10, 2021, at 2:54 PM, Bonnie Hellman <mou10ms at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > ?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
> > extruded.)
> >
> > 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
> >
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> > Bonnie D. Hellman
> > PO Box 1210
> > Ouray, CO 81427
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> From: robert hackert <ndiaman at hotmail.com>
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> Hi Bonnie:I would first recommend taking the barrel of your Pugger and
> scraping the blades to get the dry clay off.
> I will let someone chime in on the best way to reconstitute you 30lbs of
> drying clay.
> Just my $0.02
> Rob Hackert
> North Port, Fl
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> > On Jul 10, 2021, at 2:53 PM, Bonnie Hellman <mou10ms at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > ?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
> > extruded.)
> >
> > 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
> >
> > --
> > Bonnie D. Hellman
> > PO Box 1210
> > Ouray, CO 81427
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> From: Terry Lazaroff <terrylazaroff at gmail.com>
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> Bonnie;
>
> If you have various stages of dry, best to dry out all. Cut or break up
> any large pieces.   Once it is all in the same state then place all the dry
> clay in a pail and cover with water so it can slake down.  After a while
> you will be able to remove some excess water.  Then mix well,  Pass through
> an 80 mesh screen.  Pour into your plaster, clay recovery, box.  Keep an
> eye on it so it does not dry out on the sides.   If you don?t  have a
> plaster recovery box you could use a bisque bowl.
>
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> Sent from my iPad
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> > On Jul 10, 2021, at 2:54 PM, Bonnie Hellman <mou10ms at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > ?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
> > extruded.)
> >
> > 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
> >
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> > Bonnie D. Hellman
> > PO Box 1210
> > Ouray, CO 81427
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> Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2021 15:58:00 -0400
> From: dannon at ccrtc.com
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> Bonnie, it is likely to be easiest to reclaim if you let the
> wet parts dry, and then put the lot in water.  Sometimes wet
> clay doesn't dissolve very well - depends partly on the clay body.
>
> But if you can wait while what is wet dries, break up any really
> large pieces -then put in a bucket or two of water and give it a
> stir now & then.  When the lumps are gone, let it evaporate in the
> buckets until much of the water is gone. It will settle out, too,
> and if it were me I'd scoop out some of the top water to speed
> things along.  When solid enough, you
> can dump  it out onto plaster (or concrete) slabs. Or, if still
> fairly liquid, you can pour it into a couple of old pillow cases
> and leave it to dry slowly. Hang them from a limb or something
> so it'll dry a bit more evenly. Rework when
> it's malleable. It'll be pretty good clay to work with.  And you
> have all that dry air up there to hurry the job along.
>
> regards
>
> Dannon Rhudy
>
>
>
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> On 2021-07-10 12:01 pm, Bonnie Hellman wrote:
> > 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
> > extruded.)
> >
> > 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
>
>
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> Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2021 16:34:15 -0400
> From: <vpitelka at dtccom.net>
> To: "'Clayart international pottery discussion forum'"
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> Subject: Re: [Clayart] Reclaiming 30 lbs of clay
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> 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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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> On Behalf Of
> Bonnie Hellman
> Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2021 12:02 PM
> To: Clayart international pottery discussion forum <
> clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
> 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
> extruded.)
>
> 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
>
> --
> Bonnie D. Hellman
> PO Box 1210
> Ouray, CO 81427
> mou10ms at gmail.com <mou10ms at gmail.com>
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