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After the initial sketches, though, he leaves most of the design process up to chance and the inconsistent effects of the kiln. “The only thing I intended on was leaving the welded edges of the pieces as-is,” he says. “Usually you sand them down so the surface comes out very smooth, but I kept the welded trail, which creates a little wall that keeps the paint from dripping where you don't want it to. The rest was up to the kiln.”