After discussion with Rob the piece was altered to take the points away so the ‘alien’ or ‘see anemone’ look to the piece changed. We also discussed where to take the single form with the rounded base, Rob suggested building on top of the form to create a segment that would stack on top or could lie separately, with a potential to appear fragmented sections sliced up. I was intrigued by this suggestion so decided to pursue it further, I wasn’t sure what it would look like but thought it was worth exploring. I also chose to look at using porcelain slip to cover the entire surface of the larger piece so I made a large quantity of porcelain slip from a dried out bag of porcelain clay.
Below are images of the rounded/rocking based piece and the start of the first segment being built on top. This took a lot of thinking about as the top of the rounded base segment isn’t flat it has a curve that bends in two directions. I used a paper template and built the piece on this, resting it on top of the base so it would adopt the shape of the top surface of the curved bottom section.