How to make Paperclay
Paperclay is a wonderful material for
making ceramic sculptures. It has improved qualities over normal clay.
When fired the paper burns away, leaving a lightweight but strong ceramic
Difficulty Level: average Time Required:
- Soak about 200 gms newspaper per kilo clay.
- Make some clay slip from your favorite earthenware or mid-fire clay.
- Mix the two with a ratio of about 1:4 parts paper pulp and clay slip
with a drill mixer attachment.
- Put up some boards on a large plaster bat to contain larger amounts
- Pour the slop mixture onto the plaster bat or table for drying.
- When ready, wedge.
- Store in thick plastic bags.
- Shredded paper is ideal for making paperclay.
- Paperclay is suitable for handbuilding, not throwing.
- Mold in stored paperclay will improve its workability.