I work in high fire clay. My artwork is wheel-thrown and many pieces have relief carving on them. Clay bodies that lend themselves to large works are usually opposite of the type needed for carving, thus creating the challenge of large, carved pieces. Larger works are constructed using two wheels and “sectioning” pieces together.
It has been a span of over 25 years that I have gained the expertise to do this successfully and consistently, as many factors are involved. Just being able to throw/construct/ carve a large piece is only half of the process. One must also be able to successfully load it in the kiln and fire it.
I have also developed a technique for wheel-throwing handles for my functional pieces. Functional pieces are also unique due to the glazing processes used, which can take over three days and up to seven layers.