Shaping The Clay- Art Of Clay Sculpting

Clay is almost like mud that is formed by the disintegration of rocks as a result of exposure. It’s a very particular substance that involves the use of specialized equipment as well as a thorough understanding of how it behaves when moulded and handled. Clay sculpting is one of the most magnificent forms of fine art. Certainly, the solid shape of a clay sculpture aids in the execution of your idea and concept in a more powerful manner, ensuring that your message is heard by the audience. It provides you with the possibility to realize your vision. Markedly, the better you understand the fundamentals of this clay art, the easier it will be for you to master it.

Types Of Clay:

  1. Water based clay : Water-based clay is smooth, slow drying, and incredibly malleable, making them ideal for sculptors looking for a “quick build” medium. Keep any water-based clay wet, preferably with a spray bottle or a damp cloth. Professionals in the entertainment business still utilize this for masks, big-scale sculptures and modelling. The clay composition is designed so that it can be ignited.
  2. Oil-based clay : Oil-based clay is created by combining different oils, waxes, and clay particles. Water does not dissolve oil-based clay. Oil-based clay retains malleability even when exposed to dry conditions for extended periods of time. As a result, it can be reused making it a popular material among animators. Animators or the sculptors bend and twist the clay to make models. It comes in a variety of hues and is non-toxic.
  3. Ceramic Clay: Ceramic clay have 5 subtypes – Earthenware clays, ball clays, fire clays, stoneware clays, and porcelain clays. Most preferred types of ceramic clay include High-fire stoneware, mid-fire stoneware clay, and earthenware clay, these days. All three are commercially accessible in a large quantity and in ready-to-use conditions.
  4. Paper Clay: Paper clay is a clay body to which processed cellulose fiber has been added and is also referred to as fiber clay. Manufacturers may manufacture it from earthenware, terra cotta, stoneware, porcelain, and bone china clay bodies. Paper clay is used commercially to prevent warping in clay, reduce the weight of clay sculptures and lower the cost of creating clay products by substituting a portion of the clay with less expensive paper fibers.
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Breathing Life Into Clay – Sculpting With Hansraj Kumawat

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What is a Masterclass Workshop?

Rajasthan Studio has specially curated personalized Masterclass workshops. This ensures the privilege of one to one learning from expert artists. We only take limited seats in each workshop. Not only you can understand the art technique vividly but also practically do it along. Take back best of learnt skills and art pieces.

A glimpse of the workshop

Modelling and Clay Sculpting In A Rajasthani way!

Terracotta clay art is an original from India. It is a traditional Indian art form that has evolved over thousands of years. Historians and archeologists have discovered many pieces of this clay art form, such as earthenware, pottery and figurines dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, via survey and proactive explorations. A small village of Rajasthan, Molela is very famous across the world, primarily for its vividly painted clay plates and sculptures depicting local deities and historical events.

A Kumhar (potter) usually implements two types of earthenware clays: pure clay and sandy clay. Both of them are available nearby river bed. The use of soft, purer clay is mostly for producing practical goods. Also, to remove the stones and other impurities, they hammer the sandy clay and sieve it using a wire mesh. It dries to a grey tint, which after firing develops terracotta reddish-brown, or a rich black finish if smoke-fired in a confined kiln.

Clay work in Rajasthan Image by author Shachi Gandhi

The Art Of Clay Sculpting in all its forms!

Since ancient times clay is useful for supplying heat for cooking. Additionally, archaeologists discovered that clay ancient people used to create heat networks throughout the homes using clay. Another factor of clay work in history is that numerous faiths regarded it as an essential element in religion. In some parts of our country, people employ potter’s wheel during wedding rituals as an emblem of a woman’s reproduction and matrimonial prosperity. 

In a nutshell, clay sculpting is an art that has an enormous variety of creations. Furthermore, sculpting clay has therapeutic benefits such as expressing emotions and the repressed self, as well as fostering relief and interaction. Undoubtedly ! clay has been showing characteristics to lower negative moods and anxiety, spark creativity, and also as a stress reliever through its diverse uses within the field of art therapy.

Process of clay sculpting and pottery Image Source craftsvillacom

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