exploring paper and clay…

After writing on paper and on clay, I thought I’d try some hybrids as an experiment. Clay’s used in paper to make it white and smooth, paper’s used in clay to make it stronger before firing.
biscuit fired paper clay

So mixing pulped paper into porcelain slurry, I can make a really thin sheet – this one by spreading it out on cloth. The wrinkles are an accident, I had to carry it outside to try & get it to dry. After a biscuit firing it’s like a poppadum – thin, brittle. I’ve been breaking bits off for firing and ink tests.

small paper clay test with TS Eliot
This test with a bit of TS Eliot I made by hand – just squeezing out the clay. I like the deckle edge, it’s like the fibrous edge of hand-made paper. fired and glazed paperclay with writing fired paper clay test with writingI’m still refining writing on the paperclay – this is done with a brush – and the ink is a mix of ceramic stains and copper carbonate. I like the way the glaze is like a lens over the text, and the way the ink bleeds into it.

book embellished with paperclay plaque book embellished with porcelain plaque I’ve stuck the tests to some books using silicone sealant. One of these is my own new poetry book – I’ve used an online file to collect favourite poems for years, but clay’s not so compatible with computers.Swinburne poem in a book

Swinburne, from A Match, 1866

This is a bit of Swinburne, whose rhythms I really like at the moment, although he’s a bit 50 shades….

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