This little sculpture of Christ was to be a flowerpot. I had thrown a few small mugs, pots and was just struggling with everything. I decided it was not a day for throwing, so I just "coned" the clay up and began to add clay and shape it into a rough figure. As the clay started to harden, I continued to add a few details.
This is the first time I've tried this. so I'm not sure if this is the proper way? I saw something on one of those 'creative channels a few years ago where a gal sculpted and when the clay was at leather hard stage, she took a wire (i used thread) and cut the figure in half and hollowed out the center so that it would dry evenly.
After both pieces were hollowed out, I scored the edges and sealed them back together and now I'm just waiting to see what happens. In a few places, it was a bit thin, and it might crack during the drying process, or in the kiln, but like everything, it will be a learning experience either way.