Should You Reprocess Trimmings?
Recycling Your Trimmings is a GREAT idea! Just like Grandma used to say… “waste not, want not.” Same applies to clay too 🙂
Reprocessing trimmings prevents waste; however, clay is dirt-cheap, and your labor is expensive. Is reprocessing worth the effort? The time and labor required to store and mix clay trimmings might be better used for more profitable projects. Plus, if you mix your own clay, reprocessing scraps also means injuring the same clay mixing time and labor efforts expended the first time the clay was mixed. Remember, more time spend reprocessing clay is less time spent making pots. Recycling clay allows potters to maximize raw materials, but the process is not always efficient.