Okay so maybe you read my other thread about a kiln. Now I'm actually messing around with some clay.
And the thing is I'm in rural Costa Rica and I can't take a class or access any kind of local resources, I've watched a lot of videos and I think I have a good grasp of what I need to accomplish. I think I'm actually doing pretty well. I'm working on centering it and opening it. Then it gets lopsided when I try to work it further.
But I think that's just practice, I've worked with my hands all my life and I know how that works.
But a couple questions nobody talks about in the videos.
So how much should I work the same piece of clay? The first time it was really stiff, but as I kept starting over it's gotten more and more gooey as more water has been worked in. In one sense it seems easier to work, but in another it's getting worse. What do you think? Maybe just give me a number: 3 times? 5? 10? and then should I start with a brand new piece or should I try to mix in some fresh stuff?
And then, so one video I was watching was on choosing clay
and the guy is talking about avoiding gritty clay. I only have one choice but it seems pretty gritty. Is that normal for my soft noob hands or do you think my clay is just gritty? (I'm just curious, I'll grow calluses... I can feel exactly where.)