a clay leg to stand on while waiting for the fog to burn off
I am on my last legs (yippee!)........the final wall pieces are in the kiln right now. These legs are the beginning of a standing piece (the feet are 2" long.) I have tried shaping coils with added pieces of clay to form the calves and knees. I let coils dry to leatherhard and then carved them. I even tried slabs rolled into cones. All these methods work and give a different look. I always return to rolling straw size coils, building up just as I do with larger work. It takes longer, but it does give me an opportunity to slow down and think about what I am doing. I still love the process of rolling out coils and row by row build up the piece. It is as though it adds a little character to the work. It allows me to slow down and think about where I am going. I'm on my last little legs today. Tomorrow I will begin wheel throwing my first porcelain functional pieces for the year. I was only waiting for the fog to burn off!