I like making these banks. I throw the body as a closed form (they are slowly getting lighter, though closing the buggers is still hit and miss...) and then add the rest. I usually make them from my buff clay and make their legs and faces black. Give the whole thing a coat of clear glaze. This time, since I have been experimenting with slip, I've used a brown clay with the white slip and will leave their faces and legs au natural.
I always have to make at least one cow! (This one is as of yet unfinished....my husband interrupted me with a text message that he was on an early train home from work, so I dropped the tools, covered the cow and we ended up at a local bar for a quick St Patty's day Guinness with fish and chips....) Cows always are more work since I cant seem to complete one without an udder....that will come later of felted wool....stay tuned!