Armature : A skeletal framework built as a support on which a clay, wax or plaster figure is constructed. It supports the sculpture and reduces the amount of clay needed.
Definition used with Permission, from
The New Clay : Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making
by Nan Roche, Chris Roche (Photographer), Sue Roche (Illustrator), Seymour Bress (Editor)
Paperback - 144 pages Reprint edition (March 1992)
Flower Valley Press, Inc.; ISBN: 0962054348