Most of us know how to see if something is dry yet but sometimes we need another marker. Rules of Drying.
- Dry Slowly to prevent warping and cracking
- Until it's leather hard+ keep it draped/covered
- UnCover your work allowing more air as time goes on
- Rims dry first
- Flip your work so the bottoms can dry too (so long as they can support)
- If the bottom feels cool to the cheek, it's still damp
I have a system in my studio. The room I throw in hold work just made and ready for trimming or needing attention of some sorts. The next room holds the work when it's ready to really dry - past leather hard but clearly not dry.
On wooden shelving I tag the shelf it gets put on with the day. Since all of my days blend together I can't remember if it was Monday or Wednesday that I put that yarn bowl there and that can make a big difference.
Maybe this will help you keep track too.