Materials, Sculpting & Firing
I use ES40 clay which is ideal for hand building and has a white bodied finish when biscuit fired. Generally I cut out my own proforma templates in clay a bit like a dressmaker/tailor. This enables me to keep my sizes disciplined as I have a tendency to work large. I form and sculpt the subject matter using different dryness of clay depending on what I wish to achieve with either the form or surface texture.
Formed using the template technique
The hare is left to dry naturally before a biscuit firing.
Biscuit Fired Hare
White body ready for underglazing
The biscuit fired hare absorbs the underglazes when applied.
Hare with Underglazes
After the second firing I either apply more underglazes or a semi translucent glaze for the final firing depending on if the hare is to be matt or have a semi translucent finish.
After the final firing I add the finishing touches to the hare by applying enamel paint to the eyes to bring the hare's soul and personality to life.