2 comments on “Shiva

  1. I never realized just how complicated the terra cotta work actually was. Makes me appreciate that piece much more.

    • Perhaps the most difficult part of Terra Cota is the time. For a piece to dry without cracks the sculpture must be wrapped at the thinnest portions so the heaviest portions will dry at the same speed as the thin ones. This can take weeks. If you hurry and try to fire with moist portions, the sculpture will explode in the Kiln. If you do not take time to pound out the bubbles in the first place, the sculpture will explode. If you do not place enough air vents in the hidden places, the sculpture will explode.

      For the most inexpensive of materials (clay) it requires the most time and careful monitoring of every step and allow each step the number of weeks it requires.

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