First the dry clay is broken up into small pieces, then in a bucket covered with water and allowed to slake down. It can be left for a day or so. Once fully wet the clay can be mixed together and I then take handfuls and put the wet clay on plaster bats to dry to a workable consistency.
|drying clay on the left - wedged clay on the right|
|wedged clay now ready for use|
This allows you to process larger amounts of clay than I would be comfortable wedging by other methods and brings the clay layers together. There is a good video here if you follow the link.... Van Gilder shows several techniques, the one I'm talking about is about 5 minutes in... https://youtu.be/hAOPlz3Bkgs
Once it's done I can reuse those washed bags to store it.
We had some rain recently and my native violets are loving it...