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Axner Paper Clays

Certified Nontoxic, Conforms to ASTM C-1023/D-4236 (EM-750 - WC-953): Axner offers paper clay in many temperature ranges. We stock four different formulations. However we can make ANY of our clay blends with paper for you AND we can make your custom blend into a paper clay formula.

Low Fire

Mid-Range Paper Clays

High Fire

Axner EM-750 Wade's Low Fire Paper Clay
EM-750
Wade's Low Fire
Paper Clay
Axner WC-951 Sybil's Mid Range Paper Clay
WC-951
Sybil's Mid Range
Paper Clay
Axner WC-952 Bob's Mid Range Paper Clay
WC-952
Bob's Mid Range
Paper Clay
Axner WC-953 Max's High Fire Paper Clay
WC-953
Max's High Fire
Paper Clay

Note: Axner Clays are formulated and categorized to perform as ^06, ^5 and ^10. Most clay can be successfully fired at varying temperatures (1 to 2 cones) above and below their indicated firing ranges. Variables do exist and testing must be done to ensure clay meets an individual's needs or circumstances.


The following works were made using Axner's Paper Clay:
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Paper Clay work and Barbara Sorensen
Paper Clay Figures by Chrissie Callejas
Paper Clay Sculpture by Barbara Sorensen
Paper Clay work by Chrissie Callejas
Paper Clay work by Barbara Sorensen
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Barbara Sorensen
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Chrissie Callejas
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Barbara Sorensen
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Chrissie Callejas
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Barbara Sorensen



Take Your Clay to Limits FAR BEYOND that which you previously thought possible!


Axner's Ceramic Paper Clays blend premium high or low fire clays (such as stoneware, porcelain or earthenwares, terra cottas, etc.) with lesser fraction of choice pulp. The fired and glazed ceramic is indistinguishable to the naked eye from a non-paper traditional clay. Pulp burns out in firing similar to wax.

Please note that the following information is NOT an exhaustive instruction set on how to use Paper Clay. If you are new to Paper Clay, it is strongly suggested you familiarize yourself with the techniques explained in the books listed further down this page.
  • How Strong is Strong?: Handle bone dry ware with ease. Move large dry unfired works anywhere... drive them in the back seat of a car. Some work may not need firing!
  • Survive and Thrive: 98% of repairs to bone dry make it... even broken legs, hearts, etc.
  • Rapid of Force Drying OK: Dry harden pots in direct sun, near heaters, or warm (below 200F) kilns. Thermal shock of raku and freezing OK for most.
  • Build custom hollow armatures in minutes: Fold 2D soft cutout shapes into 3D. Later your quickie hollow Paper Clay armatures will be dry and hard enough to support new layers of soft Paper Clay. Moisten the surface with water, and go. Open air or sun harden between wet dry episodes until the work appears finished.
  • Coil up and up: Sometimes it makes sense not to score. Bone dry, air hard Paper Clay coil shapes stay put. To quick seal between coils... just sponge, brush, or dip a coat of slip (watered down mash of Axner's Paper Clay) right over the dry. Voila! Gaps are filled, neat and even. Ready for color and/or a kiln.
  • Reduce or end warp: Tile makers and muralists appreciate this feature for slab assemply projects. Paper fibers hidden deep insde the clay draw moisture evenly from within to assist a much more "even" open air drying and shrinking process.
  • Dry to Dry Assembly Extra: Stir or mash your favorite blend of Axner Paper Clay in water until it turns to a paste adhesive we call slip. Liberally apply the slip to the two pieces of dried Paper Clay and press them together. In minutes you have a strong join. To cut a dried slab of Paper Clay, score a needle line on the surface then snap it apart like glass. Box constructions with bone dry parts assemble securely in minutes. When box side slabs dry out flat before assembly they stay flat after.
  • Single Fire Glaze Option: Why pay more for bisque? Dry paper fiber hidden in bone dry paper clay absorbs almost as much water as a bisque. Meantime the extra green strength allows handling dipping, burnishing, rubbing applying terra sigillata and etc. to bone dry ware. Stoneware reduction, woodfire, electric, gas, pit, all methods suitable.
  • Campfire?: Yes, our Paper Clay can. Read how to improvise a firing in a home fireplace or outdoor campfire!
  • Non fire always remains open for finishing works. Instead of glaze, use conventional.

Learn More About Paper Clay Techniques

Read how you can achieve success with the paper clay techniques listed above in the following book:
Paper Clay    
We also carry an instructional
DVD by Rosette Gault:
Paper Clay Workshop I (DVD)


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EM 750 Wade's Low White Low Fire Ceramic Paper Clay
Axner EM-750 Wade's Low White Paper Clay

Our original low white smooth all-purpose body with the addition of fine wood fiber which makes it best suited for handbuilding. Provides good workability and drying.
Axner Price: $0.61
Axner EM-750 Wade's Low White Paper Clay
WC 951 Sybil's Mid Range Paper Clay
Axner WC-951 Sybil's Paper Clay

Fires warm off-white at cone 5 oxidation and is an all-purpose body for handbuilding. It has a non-sticky texture and fine wood fiber, with moderate grogged tooth.
Axner Price: $0.63
Axner WC-951 Sybil's Paper Clay
WC 952 Bob's Tile and Sculpture Paper Clay
Axner WC-952 Bob's Tile & Sculpture Paper Clay

A medium course clay body which exhibits excellent throwing characteristics; and also an excellent sculptural body with remarkable resistance to cracks and warps. It is highly grogged with a toasty color. Fires from cone 04 to cone 6.
Axner Price: $0.64
Axner WC-952 Bob's Tile & Sculpture Paper Clay
WC 953 Max's White Sculpture Paper Clay
Axner WC-953 Max's White Sculpture Paper Clay

Fires gray-stony-white in reduction at cone 10, off white at cone 5 oxidation, and bright white at cone 05 (raku). It is a medium textured, low shrinkage body designed for large-scale hand-built sculpture and tile work.
Axner Price: $0.65
Axner WC-953 Max's White Sculpture Paper Clay