Last night night the planets must have been aligned because things went beautifully at the studio! My clay was finally not too wet or to hard, I was centering well, and I threw 4 beer steins...<dramatic pause>...without flopping anything! First time ever for me.
I also got out of the studio on time, at a decent hour. Whacky. And, I managed to get all four wet steins home in the car without destroying them.
That being said, while I managed to get the size of stein I wanted out of the amount of clay I started with, I still haven't figured out how to duplicate identical shapes in this form. Still something to work on. Also, 4 steins in 2 hours is still pretty painfully slow. But I've definitely walked away from studio nights before with no good pots before. So, I'll take this and be thrilled with it!