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Crazy Solutions

Solutions to some of our problems can be almost comical. Our butter dishes tend to bow out in the middle from the friction of the contact with the table. Elevating them the sometimes warp. Bring on the pencils and clay bag rubber bands.

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Throwing Spiky Mug Lids off the Hump

This is our Shimpo NVS-07 De-Airing Mixing Pugmill Lorraine.

We needed to switch from earthenware to B-Mix 5 so it was time to clean it out for the change. We pugged the 50 odd pounds that was in the machine and got ready to clean.

This is what the machine looks like after use.

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Close up of the inside.

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We used a hard plastic squeegee to get the bulk of the soft clay out.

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After just a bit of scrapping.

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You then unbolt the nozzle.  Held on by 4 bolts.  There’s a lot of clay left in the nozzle that you need to get out.

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Then you have to clean the clay off the screw auger.

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The screw auger is held on by one bolt.

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Remove the bolt then pull out the screw auger.  Scrape the rest of the clay off and we used a chop stick to ream out all the holes in the paddles.

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Once the auger is out of the machine scraping the inside of the pugmill is very easy.

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Then using a wet sponge wipe down the rest of the interior.

Nice thing about taking these photos is I was able to see the little bit of clay I missed.

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We used a garden hose to blast clean the screw auger.

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Scrap the clay from the nozzle using the plastic scraper then a wet sponge.

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Then reassemble and it’s ready for more clay action.

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Happy Dog Symmetrical Pottery 1

 

That’s Volley with a new set of Symmetrical Pottery custom dog bowls.

We were commissioned to make these through our Etsy shop.  They have an added feature of a stamped pattern to match Volley’s facial markings.  We drew the pattern on the computer then printed a transparency to make the UV stamp with.

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We then did some tests on a block of clay then away we go.

 

We’ve been getting requests for sealing lids on our treat jars since we started making them.  On most of our jars we put the gallery on the jar but we recently came up with a rubber band style seal that would work with the gallery on the lid.  Just have to throw three lids for the jar and dry trim to get just the right fit on the best lid until we get better at this style lid.

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The gallery on the lid gets a wide groove dry trimmed in it to create a lip so the rubber band wont slip off.

A new incarnation of one of Angi’s designs.  We have made sheet metal mugs and lidded jars, now a customer that saw those asked for a set of sheet metal dog bowls. Next up stoneware ramekins.

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Woot! Pg 29

Our Dangerously Spiky Mugs are without a doubt the most popular thing we make.

We get lots of free press on a multitude of blogs but being featured in Bobby Deen’s new cookbook is the coolest.

When we were contacted by Libbie Summers a food stylist from Savannah about using our pottery as props in a cookbook she was working on we got pretty excited.

But after finding out what cookbook it was we were stoked.

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