This was the first day of putting clay on. I put on 250 lbs of clay and ponded it really hard with a wooden paddle to get it to adhere and go through the wire mesh. You don't want air pockets or places where the clay isn't solid, so it takes a while. I was really tired by the end of the day, but it was a beautiful 80 degree day and it felt like summer had finally arrived.
Later on I will start shaping and working the gesture, but for now this is a great start. (Commission for St Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor)