As I got caught up in doll making over the past 5 years or so my focus zoomed in on a making a small face. And, as I worked with polymer clay the faces become very small - often no more than 1" across. Detailed modeling is possible in polymer clay. My favorite modeling tools to achieve this are a #1 aluminum knitting needle, a round wooden toothpick, the tip of an knife blade and my little finger nail. The fingers on the hands you see at top of this page are about a half an inch long.
It has been in the back of my mind for awhile now to try my hand at ceramic clay.
I love it! This clay gives me the opportunity to work on a larger scale, but I struggle to do it! Think BIG. Some heads have been a little larger than others. Finally, this head is about 8" tall. Nothing ever gets any larger in the firing process. In fact, this is likely to be about 20% smaller in the end. Also, I am discovering how much the small polymer projects have conditioned me to fuss over every possible detail and surface. I'm going to try to loosen up on that tendency as I work with ceramics clay.