About the Garden Projects process
For my garden projects I use stoneware clays to make sculptures, selecting the coarser clay for the larger works and fine smooth clay for more delicate pieces. Some of the sculptures are made using a slab technique whilst the figurative works are created solid and then are hollowed out before drying.
After the clay form is completed, it is dried very slowly and then bisque fired to 1000 °C (Cone 06) after which glazes are applied to create the colours on the finished sculpture. I use effect glazes in a few layers and glase with a brush. The sculpture is then fired to 1240 – 1250 °C (cone 8 – 9).
The sculptures can be displayed outdoors as being stoneware, the clay becomes vitrified during the production process and therefore very hard.