The job I would have them do would be processing my local clay, it is such a task so much work but totally worth it. If I could get away with just making the pots and let someone else do the digging, drying out, smashing it up and sifting it through mesh, rehydrating it, then laying it out on plaster to dry, and then wedge it so that I could just come in the studio and go right to work. That would be awesome but I suppose I would lose some appreciation for the work if I outsourced the first steps. But oh how tempting it would be.
The rule that I have the most trouble following is probably , as is the case this week, speed drying I currently have 3 fans on my green ware that I am hoping to bisque asap for a festival this Saturday. I find that I am always breaking "rules" some times I win some times not so much but either way I learn from it all so it cant be that bad I have a graveyard of pieces that were rule breakers that did not work out. But how satisfying it is when you intentionally break the rules and it all works out fine. So to all the clay rebels out there I say keep on breaking them you never know what you'll discover.
Thanks to all of you for the insite. I have made several mugs with this clay and have been using them myself they are working great my friend is also very pleased with his I found that the clay does not do well at high temperatures definitely a low fire body however very nice throwing quality on the wheel and before its dry it has a beautiful green color to it, post fire a great terracotta color. I'll keep running test as suggested and post pictures when I can. But so far so good Ill have to process some more and let you know how it goes. Again thanks for the help.
I would hope they would say good things. But if they found any pieces still in tack I would see it going something like this... "hey mike come check this out.... It looks like some kind of ancient vase or something. (mike) Oh wow that looks great I'd like to take that home and give it to Linda it would look great next to our robot closet."
It looks like leather hard seems to be a crowd favorite. I agree that it is a great stage because of all the possibilities of manipulation that it provides and I really love how sensual throwing wet clay is forming something from the earth with your hands is truly amazing. But I think my favorite stage at the moment is green ware because it means I will be firing soon. There are so many firing techniques I wish to explore and I am hypnotized by the glow of ware in a kiln. Also its nice to see the ware and how it changes after firing. Lets face it their all so much fun but I have to say green ware with wet coming in at close second.