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Slowly getting back on it. After this long break I definitely had to give myself time to get used to clay's feeling once again. After three days only today it starts to feel as if I never left. #leuceramics
Sculpting really isn't for the faint of heart. No matter what media you use you will have to trash it probably in the course of finishing it. It's exceptionally hard after working on something for many months, this dog has been started last October.
Inside there's a hard wooden frame and the clay is extremely thick. Pottery clay will explode if air bubbles are trapped inside so you have to cut it up, core it out and poke every interior centimeter, no exaggeration, it with small holes, I use an ice pick for example if it's gotten too firm... Or even needles.
So last night as this is obviously getting to be too dry and cracking and I had to cut it open and core it out... aaaand then stitch it back together along those seams Andre sculpt an awful lot of detail that was lost in the manhandling. All of the together/whole dog photos you see are from after I have made the cuts and cored and stuck together again. Let's hope the seams hold!!!
One thing about Smsculpting this way is you get rather good at it from repeatedly sculpting the same thing over and over again LOL 🤣 it also prepares you to be able to walk away from a work that you've laboured very hard over if it comes out hopelessly broken. It happens! Many potter's refer to the "Kiln gods" and they're not kidding! It's like some horrible sort of voodoo... This is why I am not 100% vested in hand-built pottery as my preferred media.