Working with clay techniques
3D techniques used for creating sculpture, craft or 3D design objects are categorised as additive and subtractive. Additive techniques are where you attach pieces together, such as when modelling or building. Subtractive are when you take material away, such as carving.
Common materials include clay, plaster, wood, wire, and paper and card.
Clay is a type of soil that can be shaped when wet. Techniques include:
- throwing onto a potters wheel, where the clay is shaped by hand while being turned in circles
- slab work, where pieces of clay are rolled flat, then formed
- coiling, where clay is rolled into long, smooth snakes which are joined together in layers to build up a form
- slip casting, where watery clay is used to line or coat something
- carving, where tools are used to cut out shapes
Tools can be used to add texture or decoration before the clay is fired. Clay needs to be fired in a kiln to make it stronger.
Always photograph your work before it is fired in the kiln.
Red Hot Poker Vase (2001) by Kate Malone. Image courtesy of and © Adrian Sassoon, London.
After the first firing, clay can be decorated with glazes to make it non-porous and stronger. Glazes are often used to add colour and make the surface shiny.
Glazes sometimes go wrong, so it's important to experiment to find out how to use them for the effect you want before you glaze your final piece. Keep notes of your experiments, so that if you have interesting result you can re-use it.green rug green goddess green tea fat burner green shades green stool green bean salad noah green indiana green white red flag green tea bowling green state university green beans recipe green green contacts green elephant green quartz optavia lean and green recipes green meadows farm green green tea shot green leaf lettuce green tea benefits phthalo green green lemon green long sleeve dress tom green net worth green pants green envelope green valley anne marie green green witch the green knight release date green bay packers games green roses green acres mall red orange yellow green blue purple pink brown black white gray green lakes state park how to freeze green beans green juice green crack anne of green gables movie green envelope green wallpaper aesthetic