I have been working with porcelain recently. I confess, I'm hooked on the stuff.
I've been using Matt & Dave's Clay and I'm getting attached to it; I've tried four different porcelain clay bodies and keep going back to the Matt&Dave thing - it can take a beating and I've had ZERO cracking problems or issues with how I handbuild.
Having taken a workshop with Molly Hatch - on the mishima process and who rocks this process like no one's business - a couple of Molly's tips have really helped me get over my "when in doubt -do nothing" approach to the wide open spaces of young clay! And it's been great. I just do not like drawing free hand on a newly built piece very much, tho I do some, and having the freedom of the template works better for me. I have found it invaluable.
I have to say that drawing with an exacto is super satisfying, if a little challenging. Too much caffeine does NOT help and patience and concentration are key!
next is incorporating my new mad screenprinting skills!