Break it down – from sketchbook to finished piece

I was with friends the other day & talk turned to my work, I was trying to explain the processes involved but as faces revealed the confusion I turned to photos to help. It went a little something like this… (apologies for the occasional blurry phone picture)

Getting ideas together, it all starts in the sketchbook

Turning ideas to wax, building the model which I will build the plaster mould around

Missing mould making pics. Next…

Mould in kiln ready for firing

Firing complete

Fresh out of the mould

Having a good soak to loosen any plaster residue

Coldworking, this is the final polishing stage, I missed the inbetweeny photos

Ta da! finished piece

and number 2 is on the way…