Female walking pose

I have finally finished and mounted this piece, which was sculpted over three weeks at Morley college sculpture studio. Walking poses are notoriously uncomfortable for the model, with the blood often draining into the lower foot; luckily our model was a dancer so could do lots of stretches in the the breaks. 

I began trying to sculpt the full figure, but realised I could achieve more movement by cropping the limbs and allowing the viewer's imagination to fill in the rest. It often helps to lower your sculpture onto a stool, in order to view it from another angle and check it is correct.

Before firing, crank clay is a warm brown colour. 

After firing it is a cream biscuit colour, with a much rougher texture. I mounted her on a thick piece of wire drilled into a block of wood.