In ceramics, ball mills are used to grind down materials into very fine particles. Materials such as clay and glaze components can be broken down in a ball mill by getting placed into rotating or rolling jars with porcelain balls inside them. During milling, the porcelain balls pulverized the materials into an incredibly fine powder. Ball mills can be used to further break down or refine a single material, or you can place multiple materials into a ball mill jar to mix as you pulverize -- this is a very common industrial solution for mixing glazes that require the smallest of mesh sizes. Ball mills basically function like a mortar and pestle, but on a much larger scale.
Here at The Ceramic Shop, we carry ball mills and accessories produced by strong and reliable Shimpo. Shimpo's line of heavy duty ball mills allow for very precise grinding and mixing of both dry and wet materials. The porcelain jars are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from one liter to ten liters in capacity, so you can really customize your ball mill outfit to suit your needs. If you are a potter working out of your home or a shared studio, and don’t have the space or budget for a full-scale ball mill setup, consider Shimpo’s ball mill wheel attachment -- this ingenious setup allows you to turn any standard potter’s wheel into a makeshift ball mill!
As always, our dedicated staff is happy to answer questions you have about our ball mill offerings. Give us a call at 215-427-9665.