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The piece starts with a single coil of clay.

Coils are added one at a time as the piece slowly takes shape from the bottom to the top.

When the proper height is reached, the hands are added, and the arms are built up to reach the shoulders.

After the piece is constructed, it is scraped until smooth and wet-sanded with a damp sponge. The front is carved with the Raven and Clam Shell design.

The back is carved with the Haida symbol for Human.

The face is added.

Into the kiln for the bisque firing.

The piece is then painted with glaze and loaded into the kiln for a second firing. (Note: The gas kiln has just been lit; notice the flames at the lower right.)

Unloading the kiln after the glaze firing.

The finished piece.


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