Maquettes for Sculpture and Pottery

I have been using maquettes, 3-D models, in my sculpture and pottery work for many years. A maquette is a great tool for exploring outcomes with efficient investment of energy and materials. When I was younger it was not as cumbersome to experiment on a large scale and sometimes fail and start again, but for some years now (I am 66), I have wanted to work smarter and ensure that when I embark on a large piece, whether functional or sculptural, there is a good chance for success.