A ‘model’ was created, using solid clay and geometric templates. And from these a mold was formed. In this mold, a solid-cast was made – that is, the slip was not drained out as in the normal slip-casting procedure. The slip contained Styrofoam chips as filler material, and these later burned out in the firing.
Upon bisque firing, the piece was sandblasted, eroding the form around resist-marked structural lines and exposing the hollow pockets left by the filler. Surface coloration was then developed using stains and oxides, and the initial firing was done in an electric kiln. Finally, the piece was smoke-fired in a bricked-up container filled with sawdust, straw, and wood chips. After two or three hours, the combustibles were burned to ashes, and the process was complete.
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.