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My First Juicer

When I throw knob handles I throw them off the hump, meaning I put a large hunk of clay on the wheel but only use a small amount at a time. Then I throw several handles so I can see which one looks best on each piece. I normally have a few left over, I'd rather have too many in case one breaks or something.

The other day I had a bunch of handles made but still had plenty of clay left on the wheel.  I thought it would be best if I threw something with this leftover clay when it occurred to me that I'd never made a juicer.  We don't own a juicer but we are constantly squeezing lemons, limes and oranges into one recipe or another.  So I made this juicer.

First Juicer
I'm not sure why I've never made one before.  I guess I just think people aren't squeezing their own orange juice these days.  That's a shame because it's delicious.  Anyway, I'll use this one for a while to see what works well and what changes need to be made then I'll make some more for my Etsy Store.

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  1. It looks great and I love the knob handle.

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  2. I only know one other potter that makes those, and I don't think I have seen any on Etsy. You should have a good seller there!
    I don't make juice, but like you said, I use lemons and limes in lots of recipes and marinades. I have one of those hand held squeezers on a hinge.

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    1. Michèle, I hope you're right, I could always use a good seller.

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  3. I have a glass juicer just like this one that was my grandmothers. I use it almost every day for juice in recipes and for lemons and oranges in salad dressings. It's the best way to juice citrus in my opinion, except for large quantities, that takes some work!

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    1. Cool Tracey, I was wondering if anyone really used juicers any more.

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  4. Your juicer looks super. for hard to squeeze citrus a good sized knob or handle is good to hold the juicer firmly so it doesn't move. I have a vintage glass juicer I got at a garage sale recently. I also have a plastic one with slots that I place over a bowl for when I don't want the seeds and pulp, (maybe you'll make one of those ?). Then I have an electric juicer for large quantities of oranges. My sister had an orange grove in California so we needed an electric one for the quantities. There are also places around here where we can get quantities fairly inexpensively. Our neighbor usually gives us bags of grapefruit which we squeeze for juice.

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    1. Thanks Linda, this handle should work well, I use it on my batter bowls and people love them. Of course I'll test this out throughly before I start making them for sale.

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  5. You may bring them back to popularity! Wonderful!

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  6. Well you may very well bring them back to popularity! Natural is always better than grocery store!

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  7. Hi Lori
    thanks for visiting my blog and I see you on Mud Colony too. I like the look of your knob on the juicer. Maybe another groove on the middle bit? When I made some a while back people kept asking if they would work? Guess it was because they hadn't seen any handmade ones before as they most definitely did work. Good luck with yours.

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    1. Hi Anna, welcome to my blog. That seems like a funny question but I'll bet you're right about the reason. Thanks.

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  8. Hi Lori and welcome to mud colony. I have never made a juicer but might try. I am glad somebody else uses their creation first to find out what works and what doesn't . I can alway remember a potter telling me he always trailed his wares on his family first. Happy potting

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    1. Hi Rhonda, welcome to my blog and thanks for the comment. I always want to test out a new design, I'd hate for someone to take something home and then find out something isn't perfect with it. Lots of love goes into handmade stuff.

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