I am just learning to join clay pieces. I recently made a piece with stoneware clay. I scored the surface of both pieces (both in the wet stage), applied slip to the main piece, and gently pressed the joining piece onto it.
When it dried, it seemed to be joined well, so I started to apply the underglaze. Near the end of underglazing, I accidentally applied a little pressure to the piece, and it broke off.
I have a few questions:
- Any idea what I may have done wrong?
- Is there any way to test the join of clay pieces in the wet stage? How about in the greenware stage?
- I know that greenware is super fragile. Is it possible that this is normal, and I just need to be very gentle with the piece?
- Once it breaks in the greenware stage, is it easier to recycle it than to try to repair it?
Any other advice regarding joining clay pieces would be great!