Definition of Conditioning Pottery Clay

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Conditioning pottery clay is a very specific process that you're going to want to familiarize yourself with. Learn about the definition of conditioning pottery clay with help from a ceramic artist and instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Beth Fleischer, and today we're going to talk about conditioning your pottery clay. Conditioning your pottery clay is getting it into the basically the condition that you want it to be in for what ever you're going to do. If you're going to throw it on the wheel you want to make sure that it's soft, that it has the same constancy all the way through, that it has no air bubbles and one way you would condition your clay would be to wedge your clay and wedging is a little like kneading bread, if you ever, if you've ever done that. and you're going to take your two hands like this on ether side and you just keep pushing your hands forward and this pushes out the air bubbles and also softens the clay as you continue to wedge it. So depending on what clay you're wedging that will depend on how much wedging you actually have to do, if you're wedging clay straight from a bag and you're just trying to soften it and getting it ready for the wheel, you may only need to do it 10, 15 times. If you're wedging 2 or 3 pieces together you're going to need to wedge it maybe a hundred times to make sure that there's no air bubbles left inside of your clay. And that is the definition of conditioning your pottery clay. I'm Beth Fleischer. Thanks for watching.


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