Relief Carving On A Bowl
What you'll need
Clay Slab Or Bowl, Leatherhard
Clay Tools
Loop Tool
On leatherhard smooth clay, begin by drawing a design. I press just enough for a shallow indent.
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I draw the interior/exterior lines so that I know exactly where to carve later in the process.
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Using a loop tool I begin to slowly carve into the interior shape. I only take a small amount away.
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The indented areas become more dynamic. You can get more depth by carving more. But go slowly!
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I can create the illusion of depth and layers by carving the edges of one area back further.
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Having good lighting helps you to see how deep to carve. This is a shallow carving, or low relief.
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You can define the design by carving deeper lines with the loop tool.
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Experiment with the angles that you carve, as subtle changes will alter the way the light falls.
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Create more layers and depth by carving back a section, so that the design stands out more.
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You can add more drawing to this area and it will already be set back for you.
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Continuously switching between carving away, and drawing lines helps to create a cohesive piece.
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I use a loop to and a flat chisel like tool (find whatever works best for you) to create detail.
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After I create the overall relief, I go back in to work on redefining lines and creating depth.
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From shallow line drawing, to deeper carving, you can create beautiful pieces by creating reliefs.
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