Stages of Clay

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Stages of Clay



 Clay Table: Clay & Modelling Media at a Glance


NB: Please refer to specific Material Safety Data Sheets for safety and handling requirements.


 Tips: The Stages of Clay

Slip is used to join clay. Making Slip: Dried clay is crushed and mixed with water – mix to a custard consistency. Keep in airtight container. Decorative slips can also be used to colour clay during a bisque fire.


Stage One: Malleable
The stage where you can build artwork. Wrap leftover clay in a clean, damp cloth/wipe (pg 272) and put in an airtight plastic bag.


Stage Two: Leather Hard
Clay has started to dry out but you can still carve into the artwork. This is also the stage to burnish pieces (smooth them out). Wrap leftover clay in a clean, damp cloth/wipe (pg 272) and put in an airtight plastic bag.


Stage Three: Bone Dry
Bone dry means that the piece is fully dried out and it is ready to go in the kiln. It is best to slowly dry out the clay to prevent cracking.


Stage Four: Bisque Fired
This is the first firing. The clay can now be decorated with an underglaze or brush on glaze. Alternatively, bisque fired clay can be painted with acrylic paint or Clay Tissue Transfer can also be applied.


Stage Five: Glaze Fired
This is the last firing that must be done at a higher temperature (see instructions). Make sure there is no glaze on the bottom of your piece as it may join to the kiln shelf.


Northcote Stoneware Clay 10kg
Clayworks School Clay White 10kg
Clayworks Earthenware Paper Clay 10kg
Northcote Raku Clay 10kg
Northcote Earthenware Web Clay 10kg
Northcote Terracotta Clay 10kg
Das Modelling Clay 1kg Terracotta
Das Modelling Clay 1kg White
No Fire Clay 4ltr Bucket
No Fire Clay 10ltr Bucket
Paper Magiclay 200g White - Flat Pack
Paper Magiclay 240g White - Canister
Paper Magiclay 240g Coloured - Canister
Magiclay Porcelain/Potato Clay 210g
Model Magic Crayola 907g White
PlastiPlay Assorted 24's
Plasticine 500g Blue
Zart Paper Mix 8kg
Sculpt It 10kg
Pottery Plaster 5kg
Pottery Plaster 20kg
Modroc Plaster Bandages 10kg
Mod-Wrap 100mm x 4.6m