The clay is then shaped with the artist's main tools, the hands. The obliging nature of clay allows almost any shape. When the shaping is complete, the piece is set aside and allowed to dry. Drying is done slowly to avoid cracking as the evaporation of water changes the size and shape of the piece.
Within this basic process there many variables of clay bodies and techniques such as wood firing, crystal firing, raku and even adding horsehair to create used and useful pieces of art.