Making the Ocarina Body without a mold
When making an ocarina, start by forming the body. This is the hollow "resonating chamber" of the ocarina. The size determines whether the ocarina will be low or high pitched. The larger the interior of the body, the lower the ocarina will sound.
There are several ways of building a hollow clay form, such pinching, coiling, soft slab, throwing on the potters' wheel, or using a drape or slump mold. In this tutorial, I will show three forming methods: 1) using a plaster slump mold, 2) using a clay "hump" or "drape" mold, and 3) using a soft clay slab with a paper pattern (shown below on this page).
If you would rather make the ocarina body by pinching, coiling, or on the potters' wheel, that's fine. You may skip the next three pages and go directly to making the mouthpiece.
Whatever forming method you choose, be sure to make a flattened area. This is where the mouthpiece will be attached.
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