Pugmill Finale For This Year
It feels great to have finished up all the pugging of my ceramic clay just before we start to hit freezing during the nights!
It took me about 4 straight days of pugging (10 hour days) to reclaim about 1000 pounds of useable clay.
Then add in time of lugging the buckets up and wet clay back down… Pshew!
Here is what it looks like adding a bunch of the dry scrap (both bone dry and leather-hard).
And here is the slurry that I also had – this is like muck and slime – completely saturated particles of clay in water.
Hard to believe that after just 5-10 minutes of mixing once you get the proportions of dry and wet right, you get clay coming out that is totally usable.
And out of all of these buckets I have been using for years and years, I am finally able to get down to keeping just about 8. The rest will be put into the recycle bin and made into something else down the road.
And now we can have our garage back. The pugmill is all cleaned up, sealed up, and ready to chill out until spring.
I plan on throwing quite a bit on the wheel this winter and I really hope that I can use this machine more regularly to get my money’s worth out of it.