Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Wedging is a way of preparing clay. Work with a large lump of clay, throw it down onto the work table and push it down to form a long, thick oblong block. Cut it through the center, separate the two halves, fold each half, then turn one 90º and ram it on top of the other. Repeat this until the clay is thoroughly mixed and has the right plasticity to work with. This is done to remove air and give the clay a smooth, pliable consistency, which is essential when prepared for throwing. Read more about: Clay (2) Wedging