I am trying to figure out how to make figures reminiscent of Staffordshire pottery, such as the following (sorry it's so big): Apparently these were made using press molds. But I have no idea how the original was made and cast. I bought Plaster Mold and Model Making by Chaney and Skee, but I still don't feel any closer to figuring out this fundamental question. For example, is the original made of clay and then cast before firing? (Obviously, something like the above piece would need several molds in order to create it.) Or were the multiple pieces fired first and then cast? If so, if the parts were thicker than an inch, were they completely dried before firing and then fired at a low temperature? (If this is the method you would recommend, what temperature do you think would be safe to go to?)
I found the following very interesting site of an artist working in this old style, but she is using oil-based clay, and somehow I don't think the Old English potters were using that: https://porcelainmenagerie.wordpress.com/ Anyway, if anyone has any info on this (books, advice, etc.), I would be ever so grateful!
Thanks in advance,