What have I found most difficult about working with clay? Most disconcerting has been the amount of shrinkage I’ve encountered, but then I have to admit, wood shrinks, too. The difference between clay and wood is that with clay, I can fill in the cracks and keep going. I kinda like that.
Another difference has been in the oops factor. If I make an error or change my mind about the design, I can simply add more clay or remove it, reworking the design until I get it right. I kinda like that, too.
I’m not going to head out to the potter’s shed and abandon my first love (wood), but I can see the logic in designing in clay before trying to execute a woodcarving.
Before beginning work on the top, I still have to build the center flower on the front panel, decide if I like the design on the side, and integrate the carvings along the moulding.