Building Demo - Get
Clip 1 - Coiling
Mary begins the process by rolling a slab of clay between
two dowels to maintain a consistent thickness throughout
the base. Placing the rolled base to the side, she begins
to shape some of the coils. Angling her hands, Mary rolls
the coils out of lumps of clay to use in building the base.
Clip 2 - Smoothing the Outside
After stacking several coils to a height of about 4",
Mary smoothes the coils together in a vertical motion using
a wood tool. She switches to a horizontal motion to strengthen
the wall. To ensure the wall and base stay put together,
Mary coils a thin coil and presses it into the interior
base of the structure, smoothing it out after she finishes.
Clip 3 - Building the Body, part1
In order to build the back and neck of the giraffe, Mary
must boiled the next section with precision. Carefully,
she keeps one side straight for the neck, and begins to
taper the back side by stacking coils at an angle, rather
than straight up.
Clip 4 - Growing up, up, up..
Continuing to taper the back, Mary begins to look at the
piece and guess its final height. She smoothes the coils
inside and out at a halfway point, before the opening becomes
too small as she continues to build up.
Clip 5 - Attaching the Head
Pinching some extra clay from the back of the neck, Mary
begins to define the giraffe's mane. She uses a thick wood
tool to define the hairline and to create the mane. Pinching
off a small chunk of clay, Mary shapes it into a head and
hollows it out. Looking at the shape she decides where to
build the face versus where to attach the head to the neck.
Before attaching the head, Mary creates the mouth and defines
the giraffe's snout using a wood tool to cut and a pencil-shaped
tool to make holes and marks.
6 - Legs & Hooves
A hole remains in the top of the head, which Mary patches
with a small disc of clay, smoothing it over the hole. She
completes the main, attaching a coil to the back of the
head, and defines it to match the existing mane. Using a
pencil tool, Mary pokes holes, and then rolls and shapes
tiny coils for the ears and antlers. Dipping them into water,
she pushes the ears and antlers into the head. Using tiny
flat ovals of clay to create layers, Mary adds the giraffe's
eyes, which give the face more expression.
will let the piece dry for one week, and then fire it to a
bisque finish. Using an oxide wash, she will coat the mane
and wipe the excess away, doing the same to the face to ensure
the wash remains in all of its features. Then she will paint
the giraffe's spots, and fire it again. The final step in
creating the giraffe is adding the tail. Mary shapes a coil
into a point, and uses a rib tool to create a hairy tip on
the other end. Then she dips the point into the water and
sticks it in place. We have a finished giraffe!