Of course not. Nor do I throw straight out of a bag, since the clay from the bag came out of what? a LARGE pugger.
We had an "Empty Bowl" event and the committee throwing bowls sliced clay straight out from the Blue Bird pugger and
several bowls were cracked in the bottom. They were not the typical "S" cracks but cracks that resembled the
radioactive sign..... Like 3 distinct capitol "C"s joined at the bottom... which I attributed to the blades of the pugger.
Pottery cracks from about 5 or 6 reasons, and its my opinion that not wedging is one of those reasons.
Sometimes pottery shape and forms are the reason.
Sometimes certain clay pushed beyond its means is a reason. So you would change clay.
Having a thinner bottom than sides can make vessels crack.
Sometimes the season causes cracking, I had a friend who made large 18 - 22 inch diameter bowls but found out
that bowls made from November to April cracked 100% of the time. She adjusted and was ok with it.
Anyway, just to be on the safe side - Wedge. Even though some think of it as a necessary evil - Wedge
In my most humble opinion,