2/26/16

With your hands // Air-dry clay

I feel like I'm going to preface most of these posts with a disclaimer that I am not an artist... Despite the fact that I feel I don't possess much talent or artistic ability, I still enjoy creating. It's fun to just turn off your mind for a bit and get lost in something that in my opinion can be incredibly soothing and therapeutic. For me, it's not as much about the end result (though let's be honest, success in that department of course helps!), as it is about the process. One of the things I have always wanted to do is make pottery. Unfortunately pottery courses are not only wildly expensive, but they're often far away and not compatible with my schedule. So, when I read about air-dry clay, I figured it would be a nice place to start!



This is the clay I used - - I paid more at a local craft store - so Amazon might be a better bet!





I ended up making a Labrador (that I plan to hang), a pendant with beach glass from the many jars I have amassed over the years, and a small bowl/planter. I find that the clay dries fairly quickly (I stored it in the basement where it was dry and cool). It was easy enough to work with, but you have to make sure to keep it moist. This is the very first time I've ever worked with clay so overall, I think it was a decent experience and I would certainly do it again. If anything though, it has just further fueled my desire to take a proper pottery class!









I used cheap acrylics to paint the clay after it had dried. Most of the paints were fine, but some were barely usable. I don't think you need to spend a ton of $$$ if you want to try something new...it's more about diving in and seeing how it jives first!





 

I plan to seal each piece, but haven't decided what I should use for that so if anyone has any insight that would be great! If you've worked with air-dry clay before, I'd love to see your creations and hear your tips and tricks in the comments! For anyone who is interested in working with clay, I'd recommend trying this first since it's such a low-cost endeavor.

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