This hand-built stoneware dog posing gleefully on top of a hill made of thousands of small pieces of clay, was inspired by my own beloved dog, Porter, who was rescued by my husband on Valentine's Day.
The dog starts as a series of clay cones and cylinders of stoneware clay. As they are assembled, the pose emerges. The surface is smoothed then textured. After the first firing, glaze is applied and then selectively wiped away to create a worn look. The hill is created in the same way I make all my nest sculptures.