The second bottle neck, which would quickly follow the first, is the mixing of the clay body. Right now I mix 3 batches by hand, over the course of 3 days, to give me my 25 lbs per week. I use a bucket and a spoon. The mixture is rather thick, and hard to mix, so I know I’m not mixing it thoroughly. I justify poor mixing by wedging the heck out of it when I use it. Wedging is both time consuming and the reason I have Carpel Tunnel so it would be beneficial to not have to do it.
To remove this bottleneck I would need:
- Commercial Mixer ($1500)*
- Pug Mill ($3500)*
*They make a new Pug Mill now that combines the mixing and the pugging for $4300.