Sculpting Methodology

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.

Sculpted Hare

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.

Finished Hare

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.



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