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Technique

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.

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