I use ES40 clay which is ideal for hand building and has a white bodied finish when bisque 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 hares are dried in the kiln for 24 hours and then bisque fired. When they have cooled naturally I apply underglazes and reload the hares into the kiln for a firing at 1260 degrees.
After unloading the hares from the kiln I decide which hares will remain a matt finish and those that will go on for a semi translucent or high sheen finish. Once the final glaze has been applied these hares will have one last 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.