Friday, April 28, 2017

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In the factory we have been testing and processing local clay since March 2009.

To be able to process raw clay from the ground, we had to set up the following equipment:

  • shredder
  • mixer
  • magnetic separator
  • vibratory screen
  • filter press
  • pug mills

 

If you regularly mix bags of powdered clay from the big clay mines you may not need these, but raw clay from the ground must be processed with just such equipment as we have at STARworks Ceramics. While it is time intensive, this process makes the best quality pottery clay. The raw clay naturally has a variety of particle sizes which makes clay throwing and workability better. Mixing with water hydrates the clay particles, while the pug mill removes air, making the clay even more plastic. This means not too much wedging befor you make your own pottery or ceramic pieces.