There is a lot to be said for how you recycle the clay. I think most of the shortness is to do with not getting the water in between every clay particle. Excess water over bone dry clay (a good 3 inch of water above the clay line) and multiple mixing over a week or so then another few weeks to let the water evaporate so it was an acceptable consistency to dry out on a plaster batt. It takes time and space, not something everybody can do. I guess I am ageing in excess water instead of mixing and then ageing at the right consistency.
I also try and add all the throwing slop back in to keep as many of the tiny particles or anything else in the water.
I don't like rolling slabs and will get to the right thickness by cheesewiring with a harp or thickness guides and then rolling if I have to. Even if your surface is plaster and not making the clay stick it always sticks to my rolling pin. Finally I can't even roll something the same thickness and get a more even slab with a wire.
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