PPP: Advances in Forming Equipment
Wheels & AccessoriesAccording to American Art Clay Co., Inc. (AMACO®), the new Brent® ie-x wheel includes many of the same features found in other, more expensive Brent wheels but at a lower price. The wheel is supported by a solid, 3/16-in., angle-iron frame; steel legs; and a 1-in.-thick, high-density wood tabletop. The extended tabletop has room to hold clay, sponges and tools, and is covered with a laminate surface for easy cleaning, while the legs are removable for easy portability and storage. The wheel's 1/3-hp, 6-amp, permanent-magnet DC motor features electronic, variable speed control for maximum torque and smooth response, and can handle 25 lbs of clay. The ie-x also features a self-tensioning belt to ensure maximum performance at any speed, and a reversing switch for changing the direction of the wheel head. The cast-aluminum foot pedal (standard on all Brent wheels) is designed to offer smooth control and a speed range of 0-240 rpm. Each wheel includes a free high-density, two-piece polypropylene-molded splash pan and a 14-in. AMACO Plasti-bat®. Call (800) 374-1600 or e-mail email@example.com.
For easier cleanup after throwing, Creative Industries has introduced a clay filtering and water recycling system called the Cink. According to the company, potters can pour all of their excess clay and throwing bucket slurry in the Cink; since the system is not attached to city plumbing, none of those materials will go down the drain. The system recycles all of the water, providing clean, filtered water for rinsing and cleaning, and saving on overall water usage. All of the clay is captured in one bucket for easy reuse or disposal. Call (619) 449-1834 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dies, Molds & ExtrudersMKM Decorating DisksTM (patent pending) from MKM Pottery Tools, LLC can be used to make square, triangular, hexagonal or other shaped plates quickly and easily; guide patterns with glaze or slip decoration; perfectly align handles and spouts; precisely alter bowl rims in thirds, quarters or other increments; and accurately mark bats and templates. Holes along the radial lines allow potters to mark through the disk to the soft, leather-hard or bisque clay below. Each unit comes with two 15-in. disks-one for even divisions and one for odd-and an instruction sheet. Smaller 4-in. disks are also available for use with mugs, cups and other small items, and for decorating the interiors of bowls and plates. Call (920) 830-6860 or e-mail MKMTools@sbcglobal.net .
The Slumphump from Pure & Simple Pottery Products is a durable plastic mold that allows potters to pour their own low-cost plaster molds quickly and easily. Its reversible design enables both a slump mold and a hump mold to be created from the same piece. The mold features a tapered wall that allows the mold depth to be changed simply by adding more or less plaster. The clay slab is then draped over or into the finished plaster mold to create beautiful handmade products. Available in 14 popular shapes and sizes, the Slumphump can be used to create a simple plate or baking dish, or can be used as the starting point for a unique, elaborate design. Call (707) 459-1483 or e-mail email@example.com .
4- and 6-in. cast aluminum square tile cutters with beveled cutting edges. Call (800) 939-8783 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
PugmillsPugmills are typically associated more with the clay mixing functions in a studio. However, some models can be used to recycle scrap from forming operations while others can function as extruders, making them worthy of mention as forming equipment accessories. For example, the Model A Pugmill from Bailey Pottery Equipment Corp. can convert dry trimmings directly into throwable clay, thanks to a new shredding screen. The screen works with the efficient mixing action of the barrel to handle the trimmings in just one pass, without the use of slaking or plaster bats. According to Bailey, potters simply collect their dry trimmings, follow a fast-soak preparation procedure, drop the clay into the machine's enlarged hopper, and run the pugging cycle. Within minutes, the entire batch will be thoroughly mixed and pugged out, ready to use for new pottery. The machine is available in 550+ and 800+ lb/hr units. Call (800) 431-6067 or e-mail email@example.com .
The PM-50 and PM-100 Pugger Mixers from Peter Pugger Mfg. can also be used to recycle wet or dry scrap. The PM-50 mixes a batch size between 60-85 lbs of clay, while the PM-100 mixes between 125-175 lbs. In addition to their reclaiming capabilities, the pugmills can be used to mix moist clay from powder and water, blend two or more different bodies, add materials (wet or dry) to an already moist body, or adjust the moisture of an already wet body. When the clay is thoroughly mixed, it is pugged out in the form of compacted logs.
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