Part of the process in creating memorable Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures is creating whiteware.
The final clay sculpt is cut into pieces and a plaster mold of each piece is made. The more complex and delicate the sculpture, the more pieces are needed.
Liquid clay called 'slip' is poured into the molds and partially air dried into 'greenware' pieces, which are then re-assembled using more slip. The greenware is sprayed with a translucent glaze and fired in a brick kiln, creating a glazed whiteware. The whiteware is then painted with a yellow dye to pick up any flaws within the whiteware.
The Milkweed Ballerinas, a Numbered Limited Edition of 500 is plussed with resin (2) and bronze (1) branches. The Ballerina heads (13) are made of pewter.
If you click on the image at left, you will be able to see and study the amazing detail that went into this sculpture, sculpted by Master Sculptor, Kent Melton.
Special Note: The whiteware version of the Milkweed Ballerinas is not available for sale. The image has been made available as a behind the scenes look into the production of this sculpture.