Tag: earth clay

The Other Clay

When I do shows I often get asked or told my work must be pottery. And I have to explain that no, it’s polymer or plastic clay. Once it cures it’s plastic. Lightweight, brightly coloured awesomeness. When I attempted to jury in for the craft council, I was juried partially by potters. Finally, I decided I had to give the pottery a try and I enrolled in a wheel throwing class at the local art gallery.

Finished First Pottery Attempts

I also dragged my kiddo along. Together we made our fair share of little crooked dishes, bowls and pots. The edges are thick, the bottoms are a mess and so solid they could double as weapons. I love them to bits.

Finished First Pottery Attempts

Ornamentation is completely different with this stuff. The process is not nearly as instant gratification as polymer clay is. We worked with medium fire clays and a limited palette of glazes. Embellishments were simple.

Finished First Pottery Attempts

I can now honestly say that this stuff, at least the way we did it, is precious little like polymer. I bought a few more boxes of clay to play with and I will hopefully crank out a few other pieces this summer as I go along with my first love. I hope to use a few of the tools I have from my polymer addiction to good effect with the clay. Pottery was so much fun just because it’s so different. If you get the chance I’d recommend giving it a shot.