Jenny Vestal asked:
I like this - nice and substantial. I love a piece with some heft to it. That's a lovely carving job too. You might enjoy experimenting with a product called 'scratch-foam'; it is a very fine grained styrofoam. You can use a stylus or ball point pen in order to incise a design on it. Then it becomes a shallow bas-relief mold you can use to create a raised design in your wet clay.
You will have a raised design instead of a 'carved' one, but all the drawing is done on the foam. I would love to see what some students can do with this medium!
Thanks for posting your project. it's great!