Sculpture made with paper clay

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This is the Goddess of Liberty. She is hand sculpted using paper clay and a cold bronze finish.

Paper clay is the name of any clay that has cellulose fiber added to it. It is usually made by adding paper or flax fiber. You can make your own, or buy it ready made. I love Scarva’s paper clay and I use it a lot in my work. Paper clay is strong, light weight and very flexible to work with. One added advantage is that you can add wet clay to dry! Marvelous!
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This is Oannes, a Persian amphibian God said to have taught mankind how to grow crops. I used Botz gold glaze and a cold bronze finish to achieve the different metallic hues.
The paper fibers will burn off when the sculpture is kiln fired so the only way you can tell that a piece is made using paper clay is that it is lighter than what you would normally expect.
blog scorpiothis is a photo of a work in progress using paper clay. As you can see, it looks just like normal clay!

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About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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