Each piece is made individually using
joined slabs, which are then modelled.
I dry out slabs of clay to the right
consistency – then roll one into a thin slab then
cut into a rough rectangle, and bend round to form a
cylinder of the right size for the animal.
I work on the cylinder, pressing in,
and pushing out to form the main shape. I model and
join the limbs and head, using soft clay to smooth over.
When the whole thing is leather hard
I dip it into semi - porcelain slip, using a blow fire
to speed dry the vulnerable parts so avoiding collapse.
The red terracotta that I use is very
plastic and ideal to model with.
After biscuit firing the figure is painted
with oxides and colours. By firing to earthenware temperatures
with a low-sol clear glaze I get the bright colours
that I like.