I was excited by the idea of building directly on top of another form to create segments, there were so many potential narratives for this as I was already making anthropomorphic shapes that suggested a torso, I chose to continue this idea with both pieces. It wasn’t quite as straightforward I had first thought because the flat top section of the first section was slightly arced/contoured so it meant creating a base that sat on this and then coiling onto that. There was also the issue of managing the moisture/shrinkage of the clay so the pieces sat more cleanly together, I think in future that I would ensure the templates for the top and bottom joining faces were made quite early on so the size was accurate.
Below are some images of the pieces in progress and after the first bisque firing. I have again used B17C for these pieces but I would definitely opt for a much whiter clay body with more grog in it for future builds. Perhaps using either Ashraf Hanna, or Valentines ES20 which are both grogged but where a smooth surface finish can still be achieved.