I spent most of the day conditioning black clay. No picture today after I quickly dismissed the idea of just posting the picture of a black square. There is a lot to be said about conditioning clay. Lucky for the readers I will not go on about for long here, except to say how a little crumbly clay will correct the consistency of clay that is too soft. Of course there are some scary moments when the clay shreds and crumbles. That is what I should have I had taken a picture of - well, next time. Even though I had cut the crumbly clay thin and gradually took it thought narrower and narrower settings on the pasta machine before adding it to the super soft clay, there were moments that I didn't think that it was going to work, but after forty or fifty passes through the pasta machine, the conditioned clay looked pretty good. Now I have to use it up making all the black things that so many people prefer.