The process of clay sculpture gives you a lot of surprises. With a painting you see the piece evolve through every step and there aren't as many surprises but with kiln firing you have to wait to see how the glazes will turn out. Here are some recent pieces at various stages of the process.
I made a couple more smaller bearcats last night and then moved on to painting the bigger ones that came out of the kiln today. Another firing and then an oxide. Finished product coming soon!
I use a lot of Feeneys Buff Raku Trachyte (BRT) for the construction of my clay sculptures. It's a strong, durable clay that I generally use for slab building but also enjoy using it for hand building techniques.
It's a coarse clay which when fired turns a sand colour with dark speckles.
Here's a bit of a selection of little critters that have now since made their way into peoples homes. A hippo on a bean bag eating pizza and drinking coke, a cat grinning creepily, two dogs fighting over a bone and a baby vulture wondering when mum is coming home with some grubs