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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.
Figment ("Heights of Imagination"), a Numbered Limited Edition of 500 to be released April 21st is plussed with real rope, metal flag pole and flag and metallic paint on the pick axe.
If you click on the image above, you will be able to see and study the amazing detail that went into this sculpture, sculpted by Bruce Lau with the creative direction from Disney Master Artist, David Pacheco.
Special Note: The whiteware version of the Figment is not available for sale. The image has been made available as a behind the scenes look into the production of this sculpture.