Staying with air dry clay for now, these bowls were actually the first thing I made, and the clay and copper magnets the last. While I smoothed and sanded the fridge magnets, there was also something that appealed to me about the texture of this clay in it’s unrefined state. I had planned on making simple circular bowls cut out with a knife, but I liked the uncut edge so much I thought I’d make it a feature….
I think it gives them a lovely delicate organic feel!
To make, you’ll need air dry clay, bowls (to use as molds) rolling pin, and a palette knife…
Knead the clay until soft and pliable then roll out flat. The edges will take on that “torn” appearance naturally as it’s rolled. About 3-5mm in thickness depending on how delicate you want it. The thinner it is the more fragile it will be. The edges of my bowls are pretty thin because I’ve never been great at rolling with an even pressure. So my bowls are pretty delicate around the edges and thicker around the base. But hey, I’m embracing the uneveness!
Drape over a bowl and gently coax into shape…you can see there are some faint cracks around the base….
I recalled from pottery at school (don’t ask me how because that was some time ago!) using tepid water to smooth the surface of the clay. Just a little on your hands and smoothed gently over the surface of the clay in a circular motion will smooth out any unwanted cracks, lumps and bumps…then leave to dry for a couple of hours on the bowl but not for the full drying time as the clay will gradually tighten on the bowl as it dries and shrinks and is liable to get stuck!
After a couple of hours veeeeery gently use a palette knife, slipped between the clay and the bowl, and gently work around the circumference until it pops off. Place on a rack on a sunny ledge and leave to fully cure for a couple of days…
This stuff dries a beautiful natural white. You could choose to decorate or leave it au natural like I did. When dried it has a very lightweight almost unglazed porcelain feel to it.
I have another project to share with you shortly. But considering how much I’m crushing on this material at the moment there may well be more!