Mantua Ladies: Ceramic figurative sculpture


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Materials

The Mantua Ladies are created in cone 10 stoneware clay called WSO by Laguna Clay. I hand build from the bottom up and let the slump and hardening of the clay dictate the form. I start with an intuitive idea and then just work with the various stages of the clay. I usually use a Chinese porcelain veneer over the stoneware when it is in the green ware stage of drying and then apply slips with stains on top of the porcelain. I then fire to bisque and then apply a clear lead crackle fire to cone 10 and sometimes use an addition layer of china paint at cone 018.

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