Hand built slab clay stoneware.
Curley is an example of posing and fur treatments I offer for my dog commissions.
This shows what the slab clay looks like before drying, firing, glazing and firing the final time.
It takes about three weeks for this piece to dry enough to be fired because water in the clay will turn to steam during firing and cause an explosion. The interior is hollow with slab clay armature.
Hand built hollow clay sculpture, measures 27″H X 16″W X 22″ L, $1,500
I used Sculpture Raku Clay for its capacity to maintain form, accept glazes and oxides, plus its ability to support large sculptures. My sculptures are “slab built”, which means clay is rolled through my slab roller and formed usually starting with a basic cylinder. Each sculpture is hollow inside.
Sections of the sculpture are shaped separately and assembled as they become “leather hard”, which means they have lost some of the softness caused by moisture in the clay.
My electric paragon super dragon front loader kiln has great capacity for firing large pieces at any ceramic firing temperature. This creates opportunities to use an endless variety of clays, glazes or oxide finishes.
Because I hand paint my sculptures with three coats of glaze and fire twice to obtain durability, my process takes time. But the outstanding results are worth the wait!