[Clayart] Reclaiming 30 lbs of clay

kathi at lesueurclaywork.com kathi at lesueurclaywork.com
Tue Jul 13 21:11:46 UTC 2021

I have never had a problem with my scrap clay. It is some of the best throwing clay I use. I usually have two scrap buckets going. One that my trimmings go into to dry  out.  The other has clay that has already dried. My throwing water goes into that bucket. It sits for two weeks while the water evaporates of a little and then goes onto old kiln shelves to dry enough to pug. It takes just a little care to see that debris doesn’t fall into the bucket. I would estimate that I process at least 1000# of scrap every year.  That’s a lot of money to throw away.

Kathi LeSueur

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> On Jul 13, 2021, at 4:51 PM, Michael Wendt <mwendt at wendtpottery.com> wrote:
> Hi Bonnie
> I am a heretic, I know, but I would throw the clay away and buy new, fresh clay since the time we spend trying to capture and re-use scrap is a lot of work. I am set up with screening equipment, a 15 HP 2200 LB/Hr vacuum de-airing pug mill, a giant ribbon mixer for batching plus a 50 LB/batch de-airing ribbon mixer and I still toss scrap because it invariably has picked up debris which causes defects.
> One or two perfect pots will pay for a lot of fresh new clay.
> Your time is better spent throwing, decorating and firing wares.
> Regards,
> Michael Wendt
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie Hellman" <mou10ms at gmail.com>
> To: "Clayart international pottery discussion forum" <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
> Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:01 AM
> 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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