Continuing from the topic of clay from last week, we’re going to be sharing more on this versatile material! Airdry clay is probably my absolute favourite craft material – the amount of stuff you can make from it is endless.
If my art teacher did not discourage me from pursuing pottery (something I still wonder why to this day), I might be very well sitting in a ceramic studio spinning clay instead.
Due to a project with the kiddos, I got to try out different brands of airdry clay and thought it’ll be good to share a few of the brands I normally use! I will also be sharing on some basic techniques and tips when using clay!
Jovi White Modelling Clay 500G (Artfriend, $3.65)
Das White Modelling Clay 500g (Artfriend, $4.30)
Japanese White Modelling Clay 500g (Popular, $4.80)
Smell: Very strong
Touch & Texture: Wet & Soft
Colour: Off White
Touch & Texture: Dry & Hard
Jovi Clay: Soft but firm. Easy to break off the main block and soft to manipulate without using much strength.
Good for rolling out slabs!
Das Clay: Soft with soft edges. Wet, require a little more strength to break off compared to Jovi. Feels a little like soggy fries.
More suitable for sculpting or coiling.
Japanese Clay: Hard, able to create clean edges. Slightly crumply but easy to manipulate.
Good for works that have a lot of details.
I personally prefer Jovi and the Japanese brand. When using wetter or softer clays I tend to let them dry out for a little more before using, but they are great for 2D details on clay tiles.
Next, sharing some of the basic techniques I most frequently use!
Smooth the surfaces or seal the edges by using small amounts of water and rubbing on cracks.
I hope you find these tips useful! We will be sharing more on making your own clay sculptures/bowl next week!
Have fun! xx Teacher Cherlyn