Steps for Relief Assignment
Before You Work with the Clay
Collect at least 3 images to help you in creating your relief scene. Sketch different two different versions, and then choose one to make
While Clay is Wet
Cut a base out of a slab of clay. Make sure your piece is 7x7 if flat, or comparable size if a vessel or object.
Smooth out surface completely all over piece. Use craftsmanship skills to make piece perfect.
Add lumps of clay to build up the base of the design. It is ok to add too much, because you can always carve it away later.
Make sure you double check with the proportions on your source images.
DOUBLE WRAP YOUR PIECE – don't let it dry out.
While Clay is Stiffer
Start using wooden tools to carve away major shapes and levels
Use plastic and metal tools to refine relief and add details
Clean up entire piece to make it perfect.
Wrap your piece so that it doesn't dry out too much.
While Clay is in the Leather Hard
Apply underglazes neatly to your piece. You might want to simplify your colors and use a contrasting color for the background to enhance the 3D aspects of your piece. Use masking techniques to avoid sloppy underglaze application.
Turn in piece ( it will be bisque fired, then you will apply clear glaze, and then it will be glaze fired)