This is my first time using paperclay.
It offers advantages over the regular ceramic clay,
at least for the carver / sculptor.
Drying is quick and easy, no fear of cracks developing.
Dry pieces can be 'glued' together using a clay slurry
and it can be worked in more flexible manner than ceramic clay.
Also, firing at normal ceramic rates doesn't lead to work exploding in the kiln.
Down side is that it does release smoke during the firing as the paper fibers burn off.
I made my own paperclay by mixing in dampened wood cellulose fibers into low firing clay.
About 1/3 volume of wet fibers to a hunk of moist clay. Mixed with a paint mixer on a drill.
Kneaded on a plaster slab to dry it to sculpting firmness.
It can be purchased already mixed.
Another source of paper fibers is the blown in insulation or even toilet paper can be used.
You can find all kinds of info on this on the web and youtube.
clear glaze over underglaze colours
thinning the glazes with water allowed more of the detail to show through
the glaze readily absorbed into the green paperclay
several coats made a darker colour
the bark and rabbit are the same colour only used differently
the base was made by using a cardboard support that was removed before firing
the rabbit was formed hollow, without armature
his underbelly is actually open
head and belly closed in last
single fired to cone 06
intended as part of a garden sculpture grouping, for next spring
but it got claimed by the wife
Ceramic paperclay offers a good alternative to the polymer clays.
Especially if you plan have it fired by a ceramics place.
Many ceramic sculptures will explode in the commercial firing cycles as moisture finds it hard to escape quickly enough.
Paperclay helps reduce the risk of this happening.
if there are thick areas or it is large size, drying thoroughly and then
baking the clay at home at 225 deg. F for a couple hours,
might be a good precaution, just the same.
If you have your own kiln you can do this in the kiln before firing.
hopefully a few will find this useful