Friday, February 25, 2011

The lazy potter

I wanted to share with you my lazy potters way of making multiple handles when one does not want to pull them.
And yes I know that some folks would never, never use an extruded handle.
I make no excuses for our handles which serve well and are attached well on our mugs.
I also make no excuses for being a production potter so here is my lazy potters friend.
Made from parts from a junk yard and plastic pipe.
You can fill with enough clay for lots and lots of mugs, creamers and oil lamps.
Need to know- that is a car piston that pushes the clay through.




  Cheers!
M

11 comments:

Tracey Broome said...

You don't need to make any excuses for your handles, they are comfortable and easy to hold on to! Genius extruder, you should start selling them!

John Bauman said...

The plastic's a great idea. My first extruder was steel and had to be cleaned and dried between uses because it would rust. It was an expensive-for-the-time Brent with the 10 inch expansion box. I very ungenerously donated it to my alma mater. Never liked that school anyway :^)

Michèle Hastings said...

that's cool extruder! i always wanted to buy one but they are so darn expensive. i have a clay gun but it's kind of a pain in the neck to use and limited as to what you can do with it.

Jerri Neddermeyer said...

No excuses needed! Every tool at our disposal is legit if it helps us carry out our style! Your handles fit your cups and are lovely.....plus you MADE your extruder....so what is the difference? By extension, your handles are uniquely your, right?

ang said...

mmmm struder!!!!

Hollis Engley said...

I bought an extruder a few years ago, and have so far only used it for round and square vase forms. It sits there next to my wheel, waiting for something more interesting to occur to me. I watched Malcolm Wright extrude a number of forms recently in the film "Bridge of Fire" and he takes the pieces, cuts them apart and re-attaches them into lovely ikebana vases. Hmmmm ...
Oh, and I pull handles, though I'm not righteous about it. Whynot Pottery's handles look and feel great, so what's not to like?

gz said...

They've been for sale over here for ages, but it is a good idea that many will arrive at, nothing wrong in that.

I pull my handles, but at one pottery I worked for we used the extruder to make the lengths we then attached and pulled.
Portion control!!

Judy Shreve said...

I love it! Laziness is the mother of invention -- lol!

cookingwithgas said...

Laziness is the mother of invention
I need this on my wall!

TropiClay Studio said...

Great handles! Who cares if they're extruded. I would use one too... if I had one.

Tom said...

Great. I've got the makings of a PVC pipe extruder in a closet. You've inspired me!