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Paper Clay (Ceramics Handbooks) [Paperback]

Rosette Gault
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3 Jan 2005 Ceramics Handbooks
Paper clay is still a relatively new material in the ceramic world. As an exciting new area, further developments are still being made. This 2nd edition replaces the old artwork with better images in colour, and the expanded text brings the reader up to date on the latest information. A new chapter explores the possibilities of large-scale work in depth.

Paper clay is easy to use, as it is much stronger and will take much more abuse than normal clay. It is extremely strong in the unfired state which means changes and repairs can be made at almost every stage of the making process. The finished result is often indistinguishable from normal clay, but is much lighter, making it ideal for wall installations or complicated sculptural forms.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (3 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071366827X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668278
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosette Gault is an American studio potter who has been a professional ceramicist and teacher for 30 years. She has written articles and lectured on the subject of paper clay at the V&A (London) and Helsinki.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Having seen a brief referance to paper clay in another book I was fasinated to find out more.
This book is a must for any potter. Paper clay is not cheating, it just makes your craft so much more enjoyable as nothing is impossible.
The book is easy to read and understand without making the reader feel they are being taught to 'suck eggs'. My only dismay was that I finished reading it too soon and was hungry for more idea's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless possibilities 13 Nov 2009
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An excellent introduction to and over view of the endless possibilities of paper clay. Well-worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Clay. 24 May 2011
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This is such an amazing process and now one is able to build the forms we dreamt of years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of information 11 Nov 2013
By Lu Bell
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A brilliant book with lots of information, easy to pick up and read. Love it, worth a buy to explore paper clay
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ceramic Clay Variation Worth Knowing About - Great Book BUT THERE IS A NEWER ONE 28 July 2005
By Book Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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ETA: Consider her newer book on the topic: Paperclay: Art and Practice (The New Ceramics), which appears to be more comprehensive. Original Review:

This is a useful great book about "paper clay". However, the editorial description of this book doesn't quite tell you what "paper clay" is, so here is a nuts and bolts description: Paper clay is ceramic clay (slip or dry powder+water) that has had some percentage of fiber mixed into it, which produces a product with very interesting properties. The fibers can be paper, or refractory such as ceramic fiber.

Because of the intermixed fibers, the unfired clay is stronger and can be manipulated when very thin, so it facilitates new kinds of clay sculpting. Additionally, because the fiber provides a sort of scaffolding that prevents shrinkage, "paper clay" can be used in new ways that traditional clay cannot, such as adding on to or repairing already bisqued pots. There is lots more, and it is all well discussed in this book, with some mention in the editorial description.

The style of the book is NOT that of a craft recipe book, it is a thorough discussion of paper clay usage and variations, firing issues, fiber sources, steps in making and using, etc. There are specific charts and tables in the appendix.

The topic is definitely worth five stars to anyone who works in clay. The only reason I am giving it four stars instead of five is that I can imagine even more comprehensive coverage, especially of use of castable refractory fiber -- other than that, it is worth five stars. But it is definitely an informative and useful book, which benefits from being the successor of several previous books on the topic by the same author.

NOTE: There is a commercial product called "Paper Clay" which seems to be some sort of air-dry paper mache. The paper clay in this book is entirely different, a ceramic material which requires kiln firing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Coverage of Subject 31 Mar 2008
By Bert Krages - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a short but comprehensive book that explains how to make paper clay, covers the construction techniques of using paper clay, and discusses the various additives, finishes, and firing methods associated with paper clay. The author provides a good explanation of the advantages of paper clay over traditional types of clay. The guidance is concise but more than sufficient to implement the methods and techniques covered in the book. I found the book to be well produced with clear illustrations and a serif typeface that enhanced the readability. I mostly liked the works used to illustrate what can be done in paper clay. Much of the book tends to emphasize the making of sculptural works but the information applies just as effectively to functional wares. I found the use of p'slip as a contraction for "paper clay slip" to be a bit annoying but overall was very much pleased with the well-organized presentation of useful information.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but HIGHLY recommend her new book...it's GREAT!!! 18 July 2013
By Origin Designs Ron Heikes - Published on Amazon.com
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It was as though the author needed this book to be her practice run of what and what not to do. Her new book is a COMPLETE REDO as if she was starting from scratch but armed with all the knowledge ahead of time as to what we all wanted to know about this subject and it's FANTASTIC!!! SO!!! Skip this book and go straight to her new book....you'll be thankful you did.
3.0 out of 5 stars How to make but not enough on how to use 1 July 2013
By Gwyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I found that there was not enough detail on the actual handling of paper clay, which is quite different to use compared with ordinary clay.
4.0 out of 5 stars Has proved to be a good book 17 Mar 2013
By Margaret Swift - Published on Amazon.com
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many people have loaned this book and been happy with what they have learned within the pages. I like it
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