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If you work with clay a lot, you should use a sink trap.
This collects the clay that you put down the drain, preventing it from clogging your pipes.
You can make one yourself from common parts.
We have adjusted the sink trap this one to meet our needs.
We did not have a water source in the pottery studio.
So instead of hooking up to the water and septic system that was there we adjusted the idea so that none of the water or clay went into any existing pipes.
We set up a waste can with an outdoor water spicket using a 4 foot hose with a garden sprayer on the end.

Pottery sink trap
Materials You Need:

1 deep utility sink with legs
1 seven gallon plastic waste cans. (with lids)
2 old kiln posts
1 four gallon plastic waste can
1 1/2 inch PVC drain pipe
1 inch flexible drain pipe
ABS nuts and fittings
water proof silicone
X-acto knife

With the X-acto knife cut a hole just under the ridges on one of the larger cans big enough to fit the drain pipe.
Our drain pipe is than routed through an outside wall of the studio and into a 3 inch PVC pipe routed away from the studio.

Place the two old kiln posts inside the larger bucket.
Place the smaller bucket in the larger bucket on the posts.

Pottery studio sink trap

Attach the drain pipe onto the sink long enough to reach 3/4 of the way into the smaller can.
Seal around all joining pieces with silcone and let dry for 24 hours before using.

The water and clay is emptied into the smaller can. The clay will settle to the bottom of the can and the clearer water will spill over into the larger can. Eventually the large can will fill enough to empty into the drain line leading out of the building.

Two drain cans

The trap should be emptied periodically and the materials it contains may be discarded or recycled."

You don't NEED to put clay down your sink.
Many studios do not use running water at all.
I always rinse things off in a bucket of water, not under running water.
That water, plus all my throwing water, gets added to my bucket of clay being recycled.

Steven and the watering bucket

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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