Sculpting A Face

The Process

It begins with a solid block of clay. The block is roughly shaped for the fountain head.

The eye sockets are pressed with the thumbs, the bottom of the nose is marked and an exit for water is concealed between the lips.

Once the proportions and shape are set, bumps are added by roughening the surfaces, wetting the clay and pushing the new bit to the head.

The sculpture is held by the face and the back is hollowed out for faster drying time and to reduce cracking. The attachment tube for the water is constructed at this time.

Details are carved with small clay tools and finished with a paintbrush and water.

Sculptures dry slowly under damp cloths for two weeks before firing.




Fountain Heads

Spitting Images






"Human Condition"

Not All Smiles