Take clay out of bag.
Here is my clay and I must say it is hard as a rock!
Second: Get a large heavy bath towel and soak it in water.
Third: Wrap the bath towel around the dry clay. Yes, I know this is messy! Then bag it air tight into another plastic bag. I just used good, strong garbage bags.
Fourth: Patiently wait one whole week!
Fifth: Take clay out of bag. It may be a little softer on the outside but it will be perfect once it is pugged or wedged.
Pug the clay or have your students wedge it as they get it. Just cut it like you normally would.
Seventh: Enjoy your freshly pugged clay!
Eighth: Now go out and throw pots!
This really works and that is why I am sharing it. Thank you wonderful commenting guy on the Internet somewhere, where every you may be!