The Hydraulic Clay Press
This is an industrial tool. It is big and heavy, a little noisy and somewhat expensive. It can produce very ordinary pots at a very extraordinary rate. This is all true but we have found it to be the most liberating tool available to the studio potter. With this machine we can turn out more pots at a more consistent quality with more variations and satisfy more customers than ever before while freeing up enormous amounts of time for our one off work. We have invested tens of thousands of dollars in this upgrade several years ago and we couldn’t think of better people in whom to invest. This has given us a machine to take some of the work out of making a living and a load off our bodies. It has given us back so much time to be creative that we are once again excited about making pots.
We use the machine to make mugs, jugs, vases, bowls, dishes and plates and dinner sets. We have about 30 moulds and produce about 70 lines in four standard colours. Our full range is filled out by a limited number of hand-thrown work such as large bowls and plump vases and extruded work like vases and oil bottles.
|Video of Ric using the press to make the body of his Pelican Jugs. Once pressed, he then uses the electric wheel & hand tools to bring his art deco pieces to life.
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