Made by Andrea Fleet
Hello Jonni – finding your site has really inspired me to persevere in my endeavours to create bowls and pots that have a slightly more sophisticated finish than the junior school projects that we all loved and still bring such joy to see today. I can’t say that I am any more patient waiting for the pieces to dry!
I find the paper strip method good for small pieces, but for larger ones, it is difficult to get them to dry without warping somewhat. I find your paper clay a revelation and have used variations extensively with much better results, not least of all, a nice smooth finish ! My challenge now is getting pieces off the moulds I use to form them. Balloons are the obvious choice and easy, but where say a vase is used, getting the dried piece that has shrunk tight onto it, off, can be a problem, even when the piece has been liberally coated with vaseline before the paper or paste is applied. A hole left in the base can help as it avoids a vacuum forming and exacerbating the problem!
Thank you for sharing all your experience and advice. It is very generous of you and clearly appreciated by many.
These are some of my ‘lockdown’ projects !