When pots are just a bit too damp to trim. We turn to the studio daily task list. Most likely the task at hand is weighing and wedging clay for the next throwing session.
I reach in a tub of reclaimed clay that has been wedged up already once. Usually, there are 25 to 35 chucks of pre-wedged reclaimed clay weighing under 3lbs each. Those chunks are broken down and weighed, in this case, to 1 lb. 6 ounce chunks - 36 in this set.
Then, the session begins. Each small chunk is wedged 40 to 50 times then formed into a roundish cube.
While I work, I ponder the frost on the fence line separating the orchard from the garden. Come late spring, that fence will have peas climbing on the garden side and this year, possibly some grape vines taking root on the orchard side.
My attention goes to the pea shoots and how they stand tall like the evergreen forest surrounding the studio. I may have let them go too long. I've loved greeting them each morning to see how much they've grown. Tonight they'll get snipped, sauted, and added to the top of a noodle dish with thinly sliced grilled steak, green onions and mushrooms. Tomorrow a new batch will be planted and I'll get to visit with a new batch for a short time.
So we're wedging and we're wedging... 1440 to 1500 wedges to be somewhat exact. All the balls of clay are stacked. I step back, grab a long drink of water, and then tuck them into the tub next to my wheel so they can rest and I can get recentered, trim some pots, and the refocus on the pots these balls of clay will become... Crafter's Catch-alls comin' up.