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Sometimes when I have a bit of extra clay I model a hand or a foot, never a pair for some reason.  My own limbs are the model, so the hands are chubby, the feet are peasant-like with bunions.

I make the palm or full foot first, excavate little hollows for the phalanges, then add the digits, long clay fingers or bulky toes, instead of just squishing them into a form.  I add lumps for the ankle and wrist protuberances, and for the knuckles, then smoothe them out.  If I were I think about onogeny replicates phylogeny, I guess I would make some fins first, the some chubby little Mickey Mouse hands then evolve them into fine fingers.



This hand was coming along, but before I finished smoothing out the skin to make a lovely ideal hand, I dropped it on the dusty floor of the studio.  It wrenched into a mature twisted appendage, wrinkly, knarly.



Remember these?  They appeared in the bisque state below, and are now ready for sale or gifts.







These pieces in greenware are ready for the bisque kiln.  They are a pouring bowl, a small lidded pitcher, a lidded jar, two ewers and a human hand.


At this stage, all hope for the future of firing, glazing and firing again still prevails.

Photos by me at Districtclay in Washington, November 2014.