Hi Steve, I like your site it is very helpful.
Question: So, if I have a piece that has become too dry to trim what would be the best way to bring it back to leather hard without damaging it?
Thanks Kyle, I'm really glad you like the site. As for revitalizing a thrown pot that has gone fully dry at the time of writing this I haven't done it. But if you read the comment below there is an interesting recommendation for how to do, which according to what I know about re-hydrating clay, should would as mentioned.
I don't recommend just adding water onto the pot, because if you add water back into the clay at this point it will re-hydrate the clay unevenly. Then when you go to trim it, your tool will cut deeper into the clay that is softer, leaving an uneven foot.
Try the method with the plaster bat and plastic bag and let us know if it works for you as well. As we all know it can be pretty frustrating to create a great piece and then forget about it until its too dry to deal with, so this could be a great addition to your bag of pottery tricks!!!
If it's already even on the bottom and you don't need a foot, you can just smooth it with a damp sponge and call it good. Just be sure that it will sit evenly on a table. Wobbly pots are fun, but not very functional:)
Hope that helps,
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