Bruce is putting Epsom salts into three bentonite buckets. One bucket per batch of clay.
We acquired our vintage, pre-stainless steel, Champion dough mixer, three phase motor with a converter (which limits the batches to 100lbs dry), from an artist living in Black Mountain, NC. Back in the late 90's we were wishing for a front loading mixer, and we read about this one in a Ceramics Monthly ad. Score we thought, and off we went to check it out. Bruce later hooked up our trailer and drove back to pick it up and bring it home. We have always thought about re painting it, but we have not reached that project yet. Red? That would be pretty I think. The fellow we bought this from said, or our fantasy, that it was used by the military on a ship back in the early 1900's. I don't know if that is true, but it sounds good to us. Don't you love old tools!
We squeaked in a mixing clay session this past Friday, before the weather went back to being cold, rainy, and snowy.
Bruce is digging out the clay from the mixer.
Bruce is weighing the next 100lb batch of smooth white stoneware clay.