Paper Clays

Certified Nontoxic, Conforms to ASTM C-1023/D-4236 (WC886, WC952, WC-953): We stock three different paper clay formulations.

Note: Paper 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 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
Barbara Sorensen
Chrissie Callejas
Barbara Sorensen
Chrissie Callejas
Barbara Sorensen

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

Ceramic Paper Clays blend premium clays 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.

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    

Products In This Category

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Has the plastic nature and glaze friendly creamy color of B-Mix with Grog and all the added qualities of paper clay. It is a great choice for sculptural vessels and has the positive throwing qualities you expect from B-Mix with Grog.

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.

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.