Philippe Faraut separates a sculpture into two sections so that it can be hollowed out.

Philippe Faraut separates a sculpture into two sections so that it can be hollowed out.

A while back, we featured an introduction to figure sculpting in clay from Philippe Faraut in which Philippe explained how to use a dowel rod and wadded up paper as a base on which to build a form. When it comes time to fire those sculptures, they need to be removed from the form and hollowed out. This is done to even out the thickness of the clay throughout the form to avoid stress on the clay during the drying and firing period.

In today’s video, Philippe demonstrates how he does this by cutting the piece into two sections, hollowing it out, and then putting it all back together without the slightest hint that it was ever two pieces. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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