Here is a clay sketch with channels cut before finishing. This sculpture is finished and in the drying process now. About 19 inches long.
I abandoned it in my garage for months. I did not add the usual labyrinth of channels I like to cut into these before firing. It was completely covered so it really didn’t have a good drying program. Then temps during that time got down to about 16 degrees. This piece was very close to the door of the garage so it was well below freezing. I rediscovered it recently and I fired it just to see what would happen.
See how the figure held together? Every time a sculptor touches the clay, it becomes stronger. I love what happened with this piece.
I’m so tired of working on this one, I have to stop now. It’s difficult to handle due to the pose and positioning of the support. I started on an armature. After I removed this one from the armature, I hollowed it out, then I made a clay support that goes under her rear end to support the weight while the legs dry and she’s being fired. (I removed the clay support for the photo.)
I’ll sand her after she’s fired to giver her a nice, smooth finish. She is 13 inches tall.
Here’s an absolutely gorgeous torso in clay by my friend, Jim Fatata, who runs Litmus Gallery and Studios and the Raleigh Sculpture Group, where he teaches. This one’s in the drying stage and stands about 27 inches tall.