Beautiful hand-crafted clay sculpture. No molds or forms used.
Subtle variations within piece are generated by using different natural colors. Various textures are also added for accent, and to give a sense of fun and elegance.
The finished pieces are air dried for 1-2 weeks, then fired in a kiln that reaches temperatures of up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The initial firing removes the water and makes the pieces strong. At this point, colored washes such as iron oxide and manganese dioxide are added to create more color and give pieces their final sheen and tones. The pieces are then fired a second time to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glazes to create beautiful patinas.
Many of the finished animals can go outdoors: the process renders clay water-tight, and the colors will not fade in the sun.