Clay sculpting is one of my favourite art forms. I guess it is safe to say that raises some sort of cultural awareness. It has been used since ancient civilizations. Historians and archeologists have studied clay sculptures to learn how our ancestors lived during their time.
Nowadays, I guess anyone can do clay sculptures. It’s easy to do, easy on the budget, and materials are not hard to come by. Now remember, you need to be familiar with the type of clay before trying to mould or sculpt something from it. For example, you need smooth and soft clay for pottery, but you are going to need flexible but strong clay for sculpting. Buying the wrong type of clay for a particular art form might prove disastrous or futile to say the least. Also, make sure that there are no traces of asbestos in your clay. You see, exposure to asbestos can cause Mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer. Sure, your health insurance plans might cover cancer, but there’s no need to risk it. Hence, ask about asbestos content in the clay before deciding to buy the material. Either that, or you end up talking to doctors and your health insurance provider.
Once you’ve got the clay, you can then look for tools to help you shape the material. Spoons, knives, and wires are really helpful. Next, place the clay on a solid flat surface , Masonite surface will do. Also, keep your clay wet while doing your art work. This is where spray bottles come in handy. Go experiment with the form you want to make. You can easily start over if you make mistakes. On the other hand, you can cover your work with a slightly damp cloth if you’re done with it. This should be done to avoid cracking of the clay while it is left to dry. Also, do not leave it under sun as it is a definite way to leave cracks on your art. You can varnish or paint the clay when it is 100% dry already.
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