For the next step, I used a circle template to trace where I wanted the opening of the lid. I used about a medium size template to make the outline, and then I used a knife to completely cut out the clay. I then rolled out another slab and picked about two sizes bigger than the original template. I then cut out a circle by using the larger cutter from the slab. Then, I slip and scored the top of the small circle and the bottom of the larger circle, and connected them. I then rolled out a ball and connected that to the top of the connected circles, to make the lid.
I then rolled and pressed 4 pieces of clay until they were around the same size, and I flattened them until they were the right shape. Next, I dried them until they were the same dryness as the rest of the shape, which was leather hard. I slipped and scored the top of each, which leads to the next picture
Next, I traced where the feet should be placed on the body, and I slipped and scored that part also. I then connected the feet, but here I had trouble with the height of each foot. It was too dry to cut, so I had to use sand paper to even them out. I eventually got them to be even, but it was sort of a struggle for me. For decoration, I also carved a M shape towards the end of each foot to make toes.
Next, I rolled out a narrow slab as flat as I could. I needed help for this, but I eventually got it on my own. I cut out a narrow triangle, and I cut both the top and the bottom of it to make in a C shape, so when I rolled it together on itself, it formed a tube shape for the trunk/spout. Then, I rolled it together, and connected the two sides so it formed a tube. Making sure to not kink it, I then made it into an S shape, so it would look like an elephant trunk. This part was tricky, but it all worked out. Next, I cut a small hole in the middle of the elephant's front, and then I slip and scored the fatter end of the trunk on top of the whole I just cut, to make to make the spout.
This is what the trunk looks like from the front, after I completely sponged the end and fixed all the cracks and imperfections. I also added detailing to the top of the trunk, to make it more realistic. I then carved two upside down C shapes on the front of the body to make closed eyes. Then, I used a small piece of clay, flattened it with my fingers, and I shaped it into the mouth. I then fit it to where I liked it under the trunk, and I dried it to leather hard like the rest of the body. I then slip and scored it together, and made sure to sponge and fix the imperfections and creases. Then, I realized it should have ears, so my table voted flat ears pressed to the body. I rolled out a slab, and I made a D template, and I cut two of the same shapes out. I slip and scored them onto the body after I dried them to the same dryness as the body, and I added clay to where the front of the ears blended into the body until it looked blended. I sponged away the cracks and made sure it was as smooth as I could get it, and I made sure the ears were even heights on both sides of the body.
After it was fired the first time, I liked the way it came out, even though it had a slight crack on where the ears blended to the body and on one of the feet. It came out very close to how I wanted it. At bisque stage, I really like how it looked and I then sanded away any imperfections I saw, like the slight seam where I connected the two bowls, and anything else. This story doesn't end here, I then glazed it and it is currently in line for its last firing, and then it will be complete! :)