I used to teach ceramics in HS. I would do the standard demonstration of wedging at the beginning of classes on the first week. When doing the demonstration, I would tell the students that there were several reasons for wedging the clay:
- Remove air bubbles from the clay
- Mix the clay to an even consistency
- dry the clay out somewhat
- align the particles in an organized direction
Now I also had an anterior reason for doing the demonstration that included rams head, and cone techniques. I really wanted to know several things about the students in the class at the time:
- Who didn't like to get their hands dirty
- who had physical strength
- who had coordination
- who listened, and could use the above to match the same movements if not in the same efficiency.
Some of you might wonder why I did not teach cut and slam wedging. . . really. . . . with 25 students doing the same thing! NOISE and MESS!
I wedge my clay out of the bag, as I store my clay outside, and it freezes over the Winter. So when using it I always wedge it. I also recycle clay using wedging. At the same time, I have had back issues, and wedging helps me with those. Over the years, I have also found that wedging helps me to stretch my muscles before throwing, keeps me in better shape, and gives me time to think about what I am going to do for the studio time.
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