1. A wire armature is used to support the clay during the sculpting process.
2. Clay is applied to the armature and kept moist while being sculpted to the desired form.
3. After the modeling is complete, the clay piece is dried to a “leather hard” stage. It is then cut off the armature using a wire clay cutter.
4. The piece is hollowed out to prevent it from exploding in the kiln. The cut edges are scored and painted with slip (liquid clay). The two halves are rejoined.
5. After the piece has thoroughly dried (about 2-3 weeks) it is fired in an electric kiln around 2200 degrees for approximately 10 hours. The kiln must cool for about 20 hours before it can be opened and the piece removed.
6. The fired piece is then ready for a patina (color) which can be applied in a number of ways and with various mediums. The finished piece is given a final coat of protective sealant.