Have you or your children taken pottery classes at CCAC? Are you a member of the Arts Council who loves to take “Pottery for the People” classes from Peter Jones or stop in and take advantage of open studio hours? Or maybe you have been enjoying the “Sip and Sculpt” classes which will continue this fall as a monthly series, Sweets & Sculpt. So many people benefit from the pugmill machine. We were grateful when one was donated awhile ago, but we just can’t repair it anymore! A new pugmill will allow us to continue to process left-over scraps of clay into useable material for future projects. Reclaiming clay means that we are able to save hundreds of pounds a clay a year to be used for adult and children’s classes as well as during open studio and JCC classes. Every donation will help us reach our goal of $3,000!
* Do you want to help out, but want to know more about what a pugmilll looks like? And how it all works? Clay is used for handbuilding and wheelthrowing projects, which often produce lots of scrap clay, or sometimes whole projects that didn’t make the cut, which end up in a “slop bucket”. These scraps soak in water until there is enough to process them through the pugmill. Small piles are scooped out, partially dried and then they are ready for the pugmill. The pugmill compresses the clay into a uniform mix, forces out air pockets, until viola! Clay that can be used again!
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