Easily carved with lino tools and painted, like balsa wood. Soft density does not require sharp tools. Hard density is slightly harder to carve but holds intricate detail. Has no “memory” so will hold an impression by pressing an object into the surface. A steel ruler can make push cuts. Carving knives and chisels glide through and most glues work including wood glue, hot glue. Surface takes water-based or solvent-based paint.
Paper clay is traditional pottery clay with added paper particles which increase the strength of the body when building large or thin forms. Joining is made easier with paperclay – you can add wet clay to dry pots without problems. Your pieces will be lighter in fired weight (up to 20%). An excellent rugged handbuilding body.
A strong, gutsy, 16# hand building body, excellent for burnishing and has good green strength. Smooth enough for throwing, it fires a salmon pink to deep, rich orange depending on the firing temperature. An excellent clay for school use, modeling sculptural busts or making garden ornaments etc. Fired with a suitable earthenware glaze to 1100ºC, this clay is ideal for all general hand building purposes. Bisque Temp 1000ºC – 1100ºC Glaze Temp 1100ºC Terracotta clays can be used without glaze at 1000ºC – 1200ºC.