Paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the while reducing the heft of the work. This makes it ideal for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Ceramic artist Lisa Merida-Paytes extols the virtues of paper clay in the upcoming issue of Pottery Making Illustrated and today we’re giving you a preview of that article.
Paper clay is an ideal solution for building complex or delicate ceramic sculpture. Made by mixing any type of clay body — earthenware, stoneware, raku or porcelain — with paper pulp, paper clay improves joining capabilities and decreases warping and shrinkage, all the <em>while</em> reducing the heft of the work. But when it sits around, it can get rather stinky. In today’s post, Diane Gee explains her solution for avoiding the stink and making paper clay easy and convenient to store.
Rosette Gault, an expert on paper clay, explains some basics of paper clay preparation and takes you through the process with some step-by-step photographs. Plus she gives some health and safety tips for working with paper clay.
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