Meet Dragon Gorthen, a design made by Courtney. She did a great job, including the dragon symbol in Chinese. We used a technique that I recently learned from Amy Saunders, of Carolina ClayMatters guild. You take a cone of clay and run a dowel all the way through it to hollow and thin it.
I like this method better than using a sheet of clay and connecting it to make a cone or cylinder because the clay is more manageable and the clay maintains it's strength as you manipulate it. It works great for the body of this piece as well as the legs and head.