1a-b. Starting with a solid mound of clay I use my body, wooden sticks, and knives to rough the form.
2a-b. This process creates a strong texture to the surface that suits me well.
3a-b. When the sculpture is formed and the clay begins to harden I slowly hollow it out.
4a-b. Now I can finalize the design and add more texture and color to the outer layer. I use different clays; burlap and fabric soaked in white slip; pigments mixed in with white slip that I brush on or pour over.
5. The sculpture dries slowly for several weeks until it’s bone dry and ready to be fired.
6. I fire slowly (12 hours +) to cones 1-2 (2200 F), and let it cool down for at least 24 hours.
7a-b. I finish the work by covering the surface with multiple layers of water-soluble stains.
8a-b. When the stain is absorbed, soaked in, and dry, I use a stiff brush and scrub it vigorously with water.