Peeling Faces

Today I pulled my clay piece off the wood. It was a bit scary as I wasn’t sure if the clay would stay intact. The top layer had dried a little but the inside was still a little squishy, which was perfect! I scrapped out the back, to give the piece an overall thickness that was no more than half an inch. This meant hollowing out noses and other features, so they could fire properly in the kiln. With the back reduced a bit, the piece wasn’t so heavy and slotted right back into place on the wood, perfectly! The clay has shrunk a little as it has dried, but I feel that this is a learning curve. I now have a feel for the type of size I need to aim for initially to then allow for the inevitable shrinkage which happens over time.
  

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