Some fantastic and inspiring work-in-progress images from the most recent paperclay masterclass at the Brewery Arts in Cirencester. Some fantastic pieces that pushed what can be done with paperclay – paper thin sheets, joining bone-dry clay, cutting the clay with scissors and adding inclusions:
Above: Working with paper-think sheets
Above: marking and cutting elements for a jewellery piece.
Above right: adding inclusions to a test slab (seeds, plant matter, beans etc) before coating in paperclay slip and partially sponging away.
Above: impressing leaves. Applying cobalt oxide onto bone-dry & unfired paperclay.
Above: think sheets. Figure assembled from dry elements.
Above: cookie cutter dry parts ready to be assembled. Oxide easily applied to raw clay.
Above: Combination of dipped twigs, extruded forms and slabs.
Above: Dipped twigs and seed heads combined with dry slab forms.
Above: paper-thin embossed sections making interesting pierced sculptural vessel forms.