Palettes are the source material from which clay is taken and used in work in the same manner that a painter takes oils for use in his paintings.
Sixteen 225 gram balls of white porcelain are flattened forming 16 discs. Each disc is 0.25 inch thick and four inches across. Each of the 16 discs is coated with multiple layers of slip with varying tints. When dry enough, one disc is combined with another. These 16 discs will then yield eight which are again coated with slip.
The eight discs are assembled to yield four. These are then coated with slip and assembled to yield two discs. Each of the two discs is cut into four pieces. The eight pieces thus formed from the two discs are coated with slip and assembled to yield four sections. These four sections are coated with slip, assembled to form two sections. The last two sections are trimmed, coated with slip and assembled to form the final block palette. A one inch magnified view of the block shows its many layers. PREPARATION Slip Block Palettes Cylinder Palettes Tools Recyclables EIGHT STAGES OF THE OCTAHEDRAL PORCELAIN PROCESS Conceptualization Fabrication Equilibridization Sphericalization Sculpting Lid Fitting Drying Firing