As you can see from the examples below, hand building in clay is an Art out on its own. When I was at the potters barn in Sandbach http://www.thepottersbarn.f2s.com/ for my pottery class last week, a gentleman was showing his hand building work of which he had made a dragon and a tall pot that looked no different from one thrown on a wheel. A good example of some one that creates fantastic creatures out of clay also is a chap called Adrian Holt. Adrian lives and works up here in the high peak. Here is his website http://adrianholt.co. / . Adrian Holt is a ceramics artist who produces an eclectic and unusual range of ceramics that create eye-catching displays suitable for decorating any environment.