Experimenting With Clay

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Last November I picked up an air dry clay and made pinch pots and dishes. While I enjoyed the process so much, I didn’t really like the clay I used – DAS – it didn’t feel pliable enough even when kneading it for ages or blend with water well enough but I did get it from online so it might be old or hardened. The edges were quite flaky when I cut them and obviously I am not experienced so I am not sure if it is normal.

I was putting off to paint them in fear that I would just ruin them but I realised that I got to do it some point and finally painted them. A bit wonky paintwork there but not bad for the first time, eh? Well I’ve played with clay back at my school days but it’s been many years! I only used black and white paints but the colours came out blue-ish. Puzzled.

Even the cat is grumpy, I love this one. My favourite. What about you?

When the paint got dry, I coated them with a protective varnish and it did a good job with painted area, not unpainted area as it turned them into a muddy beige colour rather than keeping the light colour as it was before. It is not obvious in the photos though.

As I wasn’t fully satisfied with my choice of materials in first round, I bought a polymer clay – FIMO Professional – online and to my horror, it came tiny and quite hard. I tried to soften it by kneading it and it didn’t seem to soften enough for me to be able to make a pinch pot out of it. I then figured that buying a clay online was not a way forward and went to a proper craft shop when I visited my sister in Bristol last weekend. Gosh the clays were so soft in comparison! I happily bought three different brands of air dry clay so I could experiment them all at home. I can’t wait! With commissions queuing up, I will have to find time in the evenings to test them out and hopefully build a lovely collection.

17 comments on “Experimenting With Clay

  1. jess @ creative index

    The cat one is amazing! It’s my favorite too!

    I’ve been meaning to bring mine out and play around a bit…. It’s been a while! I usually use the FIMO polymer clay. Never tried the air dry stuff…. might need to look into that!

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  2. Fiona

    I think you will definitely notice a World of difference with your new clays! The cat bowl is definitely my favourite – it’s so so amazing, you did an awesome job :) I love the colours on all of them!

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    1. Katrina Post author

      Thank you Fiona! I cannot wait to get around to trying out my new clays and see what I’ve made :))

  3. Hannah

    Hi!
    I love the handmade quality to the clay and how beautifully they’ve been painted.
    These kind of remind me of the clay work Laura Carlin has done.

    Hannah
    helloisabelle.com

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  5. Yasumi

    LOVE THIS!!

    I’ve also been messing with air dry clay and found DAS too messy. I love what you’ve done here. I especially like your painting on the dishes. Super cool, Katrina! Super cool!

    The cat is my fave.

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