Wedging or Kneading
After the above testing, you should understand the characteristics of the clay bodies you plan to use. The next step is wedging clay. The purpose of wedging is to free air bubbles and keep the clay uniform consistency in moisture for forming.
Clay is wedged with fingers and the heel of the hand in a rocking spiral motion or cow head. Pressure mostly came from the heel of the hand; most of the time the fingers are served as support or guide the direction of clay movement.
Keep the rocking spiral motion until there are no air bubbles and the clay moisture is even.
Disclaimer: The methods we share may not be the best option, so please be responsible for your own safety. Always follow your studio guidelines and safety instructions. If any doubt, don’t do it.