Big Red – Just a Dirty Job


Looking around the studio today I noticed a lot of clay. Just received a large Laguna clay delivery from my Transportation Director. Besides the 1,000 pounds sitting under the tables, there is about seven 5 gallon buckets with reclaim waiting to be pugged. Looks like this weekend I will fire up the pug mill, also known as Big Red. I purchased the pug mill this past November from Eastern Michigan University for a great price. It’s about 30 years old and just pugs, no airing or deairing or anything fancy. I’ve pugged clay for friends, Riverview East High School, currently working on the seven buckets for the St. Clair Art Association and for any potters who want to bring their reclaim and exchange it for some nice clay. It’s a heck of a lot better than hand wedging clay, but still a dirty job. Maybe I could get Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel out to Kimball Township…

Big Red pug mill

By Deborah J. Bassett-Maxwell

Graduate of Kendall College of Design, Grand Rapids, MI Owner of Red Mudd Studio, Kimball, MI

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