- Roll a small ball of clay (1/2 lb or less)
- Create pinch pot by sticking thumb into the middle of the clay ball and pinching while rotating the clay in your hand.
- Once your pot is formed in the desired shape smooth out any cracks with your finger and a little water.
- Place pot down on the table to create a flat bottom to attach legs.
- Roll out two small coils that are twice the thickness of a pencil and similar in length with two flat ends to build on to.
- Depending on your desired leg position, the length and thickness of the legs my vary. They must be sturdy enough to support the body if your figure is standing.
- Create feet by rolling out small balls of clay and flattening out the connection point with your thumb.
- Attach feet to legs by slipping and scoring.
- Attach pot (body) to the top of the legs by slipping and scoring. You may need to play around with placement and weight distribution before attaching to be sure your figure will still stand.
- Roll out two coils for the arms that are about the thickness of a pencil and similar in length.
- Create hands by rolling two small balls of clay to be attached to the end of the arms.
- The arms and hands will be smaller than the legs and feet as they are not weight baring.
- Attach hands and arms together by slipping and scoring.
- Attach arms to the body by slipping and scoring. The angle at which the arm is attached to the body will depend on your desired arm position, be sure to create a flat edge to attach the arm to the body with.
- Smooth out any cracks or imperfections with finger and/or sponge.
- Allow to dry fully and bisque fire to Cone 04.
- Wipe off bisque with a damp sponge to remove any dust.
- Decide where you would like to apply color to your doodle and where you would like the black lines to be. You can use a pencil to sketch out your design on the bisque
- Squirt out a small amount of each designer liner onto your pallet.
- Using a soft bristled round brush apply color to your doodle, by picking up color from your pallet with a wet brush and applying to your piece in the same way that you would apply watercolor.
- Once your color is applied add your doodle lines with the black designer liner using the writer tip on the bottle.
- Once all details are added allow designer liner to dry completely.
- Add 2 coats of Crystal Clear Brushing over the entire piece with a soft fan brush.
- Allow to dry completely and glaze fire to Cone 06 using stilts.
Variations and Adaptations
- It can help if you make a few practice lines on your pallet or a scrap piece of paper to get used to drawing with the designer liner bottle.