An Introduction to Paper Clay
Sculptor, Michele Collier, welcomes advanced students as well as the curious beginner to experience and create with paperclay slabs.
In slab form, this clay can be twisted, folded, squeezed and torn to mimick the human form. Because of the wicking properties that come from the paper additives, it will easily adhere to itself…no scoring or slipping needed. We will break some rules and also learn some new ones as you delve into this modern, user-friendly medium. Surface treatment will be discussed and recipe sheets for the stains and oxides will be provided.
Michele discovered clay at the age of 18. She learned traditional forms on a kick-wheel at Sacramento City College, Sacramento Ca. In those days functional work was the gold standard. Hands-on clay has been a touchstone for her ever since. Throughout careers in both commercial and fine art, clay was the one medium she could return to when she needed to restore focus and sense of self.
Dates: June 23 & 24, 9:00AM – 4:00PM (we will take one hour for lunch)
Join Michele for a free introdutory lecture and demo:
Friday, June 22 6–8PM
Students should bring to class:
WOODEN ROLLING PIN (no metal or stone please…the clay will stick)
RED RUBBER RIB (red, because it’s the softest)
SMOOTH METAL RIB (no serrated edges)
YOUR FAVORITE WOODEN CLAY TOOLS
12 X 20 BOARD (you will build your wall-hung sculpture on this)
*(optional) SMALL PASTRY CONE
CLAY…one bag of clay is included with your registration fee. More will be available at $20.00 a bag.
We will not be firing, but Paper clay transports well in the green state. I will cover a process for preserving your work without firing. As well as recipe sheets for my finishes.