The larger pieces I create take four to five weeks to complete: sculpting, hollowing out, piecing back together, re-surfacing, drying, bisquing, applying surface, re-firing, and creating supporting elements. Given the nature of the clay, these pieces involve a tremendous amount of effort, requiring roughly 800 to1,000 lbs of wet clay each to rough in and then take several weeks to hollow out. (see images of the Cornered Rabbit, Spanish Feral Meat Goats, Reclining Rabbit, Falling Boar, and the White Rabbit). In order to move the mass around, I use my whole body: striking it with chunks of wood, digging into the surface with the palms of my hands and my nails, carving away 20 pound pieces with wire, and slamming it back onto the surface. This massing in has to be done quickly, and it wears me out. I work in cycles with pieces like this - pounding away for 20 minutes, and then sitting quietly and looking, making small touches. I was unable to lift the largest sections of these pieces by myself, and required a team of people to help lift them back onto one another as the sculpture was reassembled.
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