Wood-sample collection chest, part 3—designing the carvings in clay

6clayWhat 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.

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2 Responses to Wood-sample collection chest, part 3—designing the carvings in clay

  1. BarbS says:

    Very nice. We once worried about a shallower depth of carving than on your first carving sample, but there seems to be enough shadowing here to make it a nicely distinct design.

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