There's this almost mythic connection between a part of your mind that commands your hands and touch and that place in your head where you daydream.
The brain shifts into neutral--like coasting.
A free-floating, altered, but intuitive state--almost self-hypnosis.
Is it shifting into Alpha Brain waves?
Is meditation the same kind of state? Like driving down long, boring freeway, looking at the ribbon of asphalt laid out to the horizon?
Or like standing a steam-filled shower--just you and the water drumming on your back--and you're just there; Being?
Throwing clay: Your hands and your mind suspended in a dream. That's when you make magic.