The Daryl Baird Extruder Collection

Get a book and a DVD! This extensive how-to book puts you in touch with all the creative potential of the extruder. With more than 50% new material, this book features new works by artists, up-to-date information on extruders, and sixteen great step-by-step demonstrations, making it a must for anyone with an extruder in their ...(Scroll for more.)

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Softcover | 164 Pages
Order code B123 | 978-1-57498-328-9


…studio. In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents Video Series, Daryl E. Baird draws on his extensive experience working with the clay extruder to demystify this useful piece of studio equipment. A little planning goes a long way, and Baird shares a multitude of tips for creating an efficient workspace and having a high success rate with your extrusions. From installation to making custom dies, Daryl shows how to exploit the efficiency of the extruder and pair it with your own creativity to create exciting ceramic art.

The Set-up

If you have an extruder and aren’t sure what to do with it, Daryl’s comprehensive book updates his best-selling first edition. You’ll discover tips for setting up your studio, supplies you’ll need to make extruding easier, and accessories that will help you with more complicated extrusions. Your extruder set-up can be as sophisticated as any pro’s with less effort than you think.

Demonstrations That Rock

Since his first edition, Daryl has expanded his offering of projects and you’ll discover sixteen great demonstrations which will increase your confidence and challenge your skills. From using simple dies to constructing projects from multiple-part dies, Daryl carefully leads you step-by-step through projects that run the gamut of complexity. As you master each process, your imagination will inspire even more ideas to take on.

No Extruder, No Problem

If you don’t already have an extruder, don’t worry. Daryl describes what’s on the market today from major manufacturers, but he also includes plans on how to make your own extruder from parts you can gather at a local home center. But the essence of an extruder is the die and here is where Daryl showcases his expertise. From altering stock dies to creating complex multi-part dies, you’ll find instructions for making unique dies unlike any you can buy on the market.

Lots of Examples

To illustrate just how versatile the extruder is, Daryl showcases the work of dozens of potters and artists using the extruder in their work. You’ll be inspired by the creativity and you’ll see that your extruder is capable of much more than just making test tiles or strap handles.


The Extruder Video with Daryl Baird

Runtime: 2 hours 12 minutes

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Extruding Basics

Daryl begins his easy-to-follow video by showing you how to set up an extruding area in your studio. Many extruder owners fail to consider the work environment when they set up this tool so they often find success elusive. From decades of experience, Daryl explains best practices for mounting the extruder and establishing an “extruder zone” that will help ensure successful results.

Projects to Build Skills

An extruder provides a lot of creative opportunities for the clay lover. Like the wheel and the slab roller, the extruder is limited only by the experience and imagination of the user. To help you gain experience, Daryl takes you step-by-step through a series of projects that will give you some insight into the capabilities of this versatile tool. If you’ve just been using an extruder for coils and handles, you’ll soon see the possibilities in store for you.

Making Dies

At the heart of any extruder is the die. Unlike early extruders, the latest models now come equipped with a wide selection of dies you can buy. You can customize dies you buy or you can make your own dies. In this video, Daryl demonstrates how to make several kinds of dies from the simple die made from a credit card to multi-part complex dies to create ornate and unusual extrusions.

About the Artist

Daryl E. Baird has been working with clay since enrolling in a sculpture class at Richland College in Richardson, Texas, in 1993. There he was given the opportunity to work with a clay extruder and he began to discover its potential. From that introduction came a career of making and selling pottery plus a commitment to share what he discovered with others through his teaching and writing.

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