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Recycling clay

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One of the Colmans (colmans1)
Tue, 4 May 1999 19:45:01 -0400

Help! I don't have a pug mill and am getting a bit weary reconditioning all
the slightly dry clay that we seem to end up with. I've been putting it in
a plastic bag in a bucket and then I add water to it, close up the bag and
wait a day or 2. I then put it on a piece of canvas, blot it with newspaper,
let it sit out, then wedge it until it's a more desireable consistency.
This is an arduous process and it gets old really fast. I've seen some
teachers with big plaster types of bowls where the really moist clay sits
out. They usually have 3 and I'm wondering how that system works. Anyway,
being that this is my first year teaching Ceramics, I have alot to learn.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me to make this process more efficient?
I've asked kids to help, but they're never enthusiastic. I am considering
making it part of the requirements for next year's classes. Thanks, Marian

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