This morning, I got a rare chance to spend some time in the studio. Work’s depmands have made that difficult in the last six months. I managed to glaze a dozen bowls recently thrown and noted in the last post. There were also some smallers bits, and they’re firing, too. Should see them tomorrow evening or Monday morning.
After glazing and starting the kiln, I finally took some time to deal with the accumulated clay from throwing and trimming that’s been drying out in the roll-out drawer under the work table. All of it was bone dry, so the big pieces went in to a pillow case, and that, in turn, was whacked with a rubber mallet until the bits were all smaller. It worked pretty well. I think next time, I’ll put the clay in a plastic bag, and that will go in the pillow case for purposes of minimizing the dust while whacking away with the mallet.
All the dried clay was loaded into a 5-gallon bucket and covered with water. I’ll let it sit for a few weeks, then mix it until it’s smooth and then it will go back into the canvas lined drying drawer.
If you try this, be sure to wear a good respirator/filter, and eye protection. It’s very dusty. Get that stuff in the water as cleanly as possible.
Which brings me to the point of the this post. What do you do to reclaim your clay? Do you use a moist method or a dry method? I’ve done both, and at this point, I’m not sure which I like best. So, use the comments below and weigh in on how you reclaim your clay. I’m actually very interested in this topic.