Slab Construction Technique Using Internal Support
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Adding External Features to the Sculpture
External features are then added to the cylinder, building it up to its final form. (14)
Removing the Pillow
The piece is allowed to dry until it becomes leatherhard. This is when the clay is still slightly moist,
but dry enough to support itself. The pillow can be removed at this point. Try to cut open the piece at a natural seam line, which
for this piece is just above the brow line. (17) Remove the top. (18) Hold onto the bottom and gently pull out the pillow. (19) Sometimes
the vermiculite needs to be loosened up a little. Use a pointed dowel rod to do this. Also remove the pad of paper towels. (20) The
pillow as well as the paper towel pad can be reused.