The pumpkins are taken out of their boxes and carefully cut open. This gives them a utilitarian purpose, along with their artful beauty.
They are set on a chipboard bat to dry for about a week. Longer is even better. The porous nature of the wood acts as a gentle wick to remove the water slowly from the clay.
Porous is a quality my students understand aides in many ways in the art of ceramics
It is a word they hear quite often, from beginning to end, raw clay to glazing.