A few years ago, I took a four week course in hand building with clay. My pieces were beginner's crap, of course, but I loved the lustrous surface of the glazed and fired clay so much that I vowed to return to it. So four years on, I have.
I've created two 'boxers', derived from my stop motion animations and recent paintings, using slab and coil handbuilding techniques. The tall one is about 20 inches high. I will wait for them to dry out thoroughly, which might take a couple of weeks, and then I will bisque fire them, glaze them, and finish them with a low-fire, using a kiln owned by one of the artists in my studio building.
Last year, I made a statue using air drying clay, which was nice to work with in the initial building of the piece. But as it dried, it cracked in a hundred places, and took a long time to fill and repair. I might return to it again, but there's nothing like the lustrous surface of kiln fired clay, and so I am eagerly looking forward to seeing the results in a few weeks' time.
This is my studio blog. I also have another blog, Praeterita, which contains more general art-related posts.