The first step is to cast all the needed parts for the ballerina. All of these parts are my original sculptures. I make my own molds, not my favorite part of the process.
Next the parts have to be reshaped to create the desired pose. I've discovered it's much easier and safer to shape each leg separately and attach them after firing. The arms, head and torso must be one piece for this pose and the style of costume I have in mind.