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Porcelain

Hand Craft
The mold only forms the basic shape of each sculpture. all of the details which are recognized as distinctive characteristics of Cybis Sculptures are painstakingly hand-crafted by the artists. Flowers are individually created from porcelain clay, petal-by-petal. Bows are "tied" from clay ribbons. The long, slender fingers which are so characteristic of Cybis sculptures must be carefully separated from one another. Even the tiny hand creases and fingernails are carved in by the artists using the most delicate of tools.

Firing
When the time consuming detailing is complete, the sculptures are placed in the kiln. In the intense heat, 2300oF, the clay's composition changes, and each sculpture settles into its own natural position.

The use of electricity to fire its kilns is the only concession Cybis has made to modern technology. Timing is still done by using three clay cones designed to melt at different temperatures. These are observed carefully by the master kilnsman through a tiny viewing hole in the kiln. As the final cone begins to melt, the kiln is turned off.

Because the kiln's heat causes the water in the porcelain to vaporize, tremendous pressure accumulates inside each sculpture. To allow the vapor to escape, ventilation holes are strategically placed in each sculpture. This is not always successful, however, and a "kiln wreck" in which a sculpture explodes, destroying not only itself but also the other sculptures in the kiln, may result.

         
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