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It all depends on the form.  

If the pole is inserted into the sculpture, then the sculptor had to account for the clay shrinkage, so that the pole still fit post firing(s).

Was the sculpture you saw, glazed all the way around, including the underside?  If so, then the artist likely used a  support specifically designed, for that form, or they used stilts, which are metal tipped supports, that hold the piece from the bottom.  It depends on what Cone the artist fires to, as the stilts don't always do well at higher temps.

Like I said, it all depends on the form.

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