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. 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.
The hare is left to dry naturally before a biscuit firing.
Biscuit Fired Hare
The biscuit fired hare absorbs the underglazes when applied.
Hare with Underglazes
After the second firing I either apply gilded patinas onto a matt finish.
For a semi translucent or high sheen finish to the hare I will apply the final glaze to the hare for the third and final firing.
When the glazing and firing process has been completed I add the finishing touches to the hare by applying gilded patina and finally enamel paint to the eyes to bring the hare's soul and personality to life.