How to know when your clay is dry.

How do you know when your piece is dry? It will be even in color and not cool to the touch. Put it against your cheek and if it feels cool then it is not dry. Another way is to put it on a mirror. If it does not leave a “ghost mark” then it is dry. It is important to fire after the piece is fully dry. It if is still wet it can crack or cause bubbles in the surface when fired.