Musings of a dyer and fiber artist from Lord of the Rings and Narnia country, the South Island of New Zealand.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I've spent the past 2 days doing a class in paper clay. This is any kind of clay to which paper pulp has been added. The addition of the pulp means you can do all kinds of things to the clay that are not normally possible. This is our tutor, Jill Nicholls, of Riverton.
Above and below are examples of some of the things Jill has done with paper clay.
One of my classmates, Ellie Bailey-Wright, was also at the class. Here she is working on a thumb pot....
...and holding up a Picasso-style mask that we all put bits on.
One of the things I made was a bowl made from woven clay strips. Below, it's sitting in a plaster bowl to keep the shape correct.
Once the paper clay had dried overnight, I added a plaited edge....
...which was put out in the sun to dry and harden.
Here are some of the things that the others in class made....
I've brought all my pots home, so that I can paint them and use them. As I'm not planning to eat out of them or fill them with water, they don't need to be glazed.