Taking shape.

It has been a beautiful, sunny autumn day today, it seems a shame that the garden is now closed for the winter.

I have smoothed the clay surface with a steel kidney, taking out any depressions and raised bits.p1010859

I use a wooden bat to manipulate the form, creating a shape that I am happy with. You can alter it quit a lot because the air which is trapped inside keeps it strong. I hit the surface to alter the shape.

I rock the bat over the surface to smooth and compress the surface which makes it strong and durable.