Culture and heritage


Working on the clay pattern

In this picture the clay kangaroo is being prepared by adding and shaping smaller pieces of clay to gradually build up a three-dimensional representation of the animal. Once the principal features of the pattern have been formed, details such as the texture of the kangaroo fur can then be delicately inscribed on the surface of the soft clay. The plastic bubble-wrap sheeting is used to wrap the clay when it is not being worked on to keep it moist and pliable. The lines drawn on the work surface indicate how the clay pattern has been scaled up from a paper drawing.

Image source: Ian Mitchell, Phoenix Foundry

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