During the Sculpting Stage, material from the interior of the clay sphere is removed and recycled. Material left over during the Fabrication Stage is also recycled. Trimmings from the block palettes are saved. All the material gathered for recycling is reshaped somewhat, smoothed, compressed, and stored in air tight containers for future use. Shown below are some examples of recyclable material.
|Continuous rings (left) are cut from the interior using a fettling knife with a bendable blade. These rings are usually used in pieces done in the Santa Monica Style. Buttons (right) are scooped out of the interior -- usually with a measuring spoon or a loop tool. They are generally used in the design configuration of the Monterey Style.|
|Cones (above left) are usually used to fill the top and bottom centers of the cavities formed during the making of the Cylinder Palettes (when cylinders are rolled on a smooth hard surface in order to decrease their diameters). Scraps (above center) are the extra material left over from the fabrication of work or the trimmings from the block and cylinder palettes. Shavings (above right) are material removed with a loop tool from the interior of the sphere during the Sculpting Stage.|
|PREPARATION||Slip||Block Palettes||Cylinder Palettes||Tools||Recyclables|
|EIGHT STAGES OF THE OCTAHEDRAL PORCELAIN PROCESS|