Because there are variables beyond my control (clays, papers, water, mixing errors and etc) always pre test fire what you have before a big project. No guarantee can be offered that 'alternative" commercial paperclays now on the market will meet the all the performance advantages of my high performance trademark P'Clay® brand only available from licensed manufacturers/distributors.
For those makers who think "by hand" and especially those who prefer to use a non-linear approach to creation, design, and art practice, eco friendly ceramic paperclay serves human imagination like no other medium can.
I began formal search for a direct experience of soul liberation with clay over 40 years ago. By 1990 I had refined and developed set of special recipes for ceramic paperclay that freed me forever. After 20 years my original teaching have now been adopted and adapted by artists world wide. I founded this site in 1995 it has been growing ever since.
Above: The join of soft paperclay to totally dry paperclay with paperclay slurry as adhesive will survive drying and firing with no cracks.To attach fresh soft "leaves" to a bone dried "plant" form like this would not succeed if it were made only in tradtional clay.
However the paperclay recipe must be properly balanced in order to get high performance benefits like that shown above.
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what is ceramic paperclay?
Paper clay ceramic is a user and eco-friendly water based affordable modeling media made of clay blended with cellulose fiber from paper pulp, recyled paper pulp when possible. To get the a high performance result the right and special balance between paper pulp and pottery clay is needed.
The result, when finished and fired with glazes in a kiln, is nearly indistiguishable from a traditional clay. However, the finished weight can be less if desired
For Artists: Many prefer to mix small batches in the studio with traditional familiar clay. It's not too complicated to do this. Learn more FAQ support topics are listed on right or see a full sitemap.
Convenient Ready Blend of ready prepared moist P'Clays® ceramic paperclay are that group of rightly balanced cellulose fiber (paper pulp) bearing clays based from Porcelain, Stoneware, Terra Cotta, Majolica, China Clay, Earthenware, Whiteware, Raku, Sculpture, Potters, etc. Although studio artists can convert thier favorite base or traditional low-mid or high fire clay into a paperclay version many enjoy the convenience of the ready blends.
P'Slip ® paperslip are ceramic paperclay blended in liquid slurry form for adhesive, joins, patch, repairs, casting in or on plaster, and more.
The result, when finished and fired with glazes in a kiln, is nearly indistiguishable from a traditional clay. However, the finished weight can be less if desired.
Paperclay has distinct technical advantages to traditional clay for makers, artists, and designers.
It can be worked wet on dry at moisture state beyond beyond leatherhard. It can be can be repaired at the bone state also.
It has nearly double the green strength before fire than traditional clay so It is tough enough to transport more safely to and from the kilns.
It is strong enought to serve as its own "armature" so metal support is not needed. It fires lighter weight, can be porous or non-porous, vitrified, and more.
If you try mixing yourself, recyling your own paper, the right balance between the clay and the paper will be key to getting all high performance and "self healing" benefits that you will be introduced to on this site. You can mix your own- learn on this site or in my books- or get ultra high performance versatile clay P'Slip® or P'Clay® ceramic paperclay >> find suppliers>>>