Graham Hay – Making, modifying and building with paper clay

Hi, my name is Graham Hay, and in this workshop, I will be teaching you how to make paper clay, to modify paper clay and how to repair, build dry to dry, soft to dry and dry to soft paper clay.

I will be teaching you how to select paper and use it to make paper clay in small and large volumes; how to modify existing paper clay; quick ways of drying paper clay. Plus how to repair breaks, or join dry to dry, join soft to dry and join it dry to soft. Along the way I’ll talk a little about myself, the international paper clay movement and events, as well as provide a short slideshow at the end of some of my own work.

At the end of this introductory workshop you will have enough information to begin experimenting with paper clay, whether you buy it already made from your local clay supplier or make it yourself. You will know what to do to avoid some of the pitfalls along the way, as well as be aware of some of the new ways of building with paper clay compared to traditional clay.

Required Materials & Equipment List:

  • Clay (various volumes)
  • An electric drill
  • Clay/paint mixer wand
  • Two large buckets
  • Small containers for slip
  • A glass
  • 3-5 Old newspapers
  • Kitchen sieve / fly screen / shade cloth
  • Deflocculant (Inexpensive, from your clay supplies shop: Sodium silicate, Dispex, Darvan No. 7, Sodium carbonate (Soda Ash))
  • Plaster slab / mould/mold

When you buy this workshop, you get:

  • Watch my Online Workshop
    • The workshop will be around 1 hour long.
  • Bonus Q&A
    • Join my bonus Q&A where I answered questions about my process face-to-face
  • Lifetime Access to the Replays
    • The workshop and the Q&A are recorded, and you will have lifetime access to it. You can watch it online, or download it to your device to watch offline at any time

After this workshop, you could be making amazing work like this:

Graham Hay
About Graham Hay

Graham Hay is internationally recognised for his large delicate ceramics and as a leader in the paper clay revolution.

Originally from New Zealand, he was introduced to paper clay by Ceramic Chemist Mike Kusnik OAM (Czech/Aust) in 1992 at Edith Cowan University, Perth. Graham has since given 360 artist talks, demonstrations, and workshops in a dozen countries, including at national conferences in eight, and co-leading the first international paper clay symposiums in Hungary, the US and Norway. 33 articles written by him have been published in seven countries’ ceramic journals. In 2019 he was elected to the International Academy of Ceramics.

He has participated in 160 exhibitions in a dozen countries, including biennales in Australia, Holland, Argentina, Romania, Italy (most recently during the 2017 Venice Biennale). A recipient of 20 grants and awards, his artwork is in public collections in eight countries.

Graham’s website is packed with paper clay information. He is grounded by studio teaching at Robertson Park Artists Studio, Perth.


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  • Price: $39

Ratings and Reviews

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Katherine Joyce-Kellaway
Posted 8 months ago
Very Informative

Thank you brilliant clear instructions. Very helpful some of the descriptions about paper/wood etc. Made the understanding of paperclay attainable. I just watched it again, excellent workshop.

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Carla Ek
Posted 8 months ago
Clear understanding of purpose

I finally get why paper class is appealing. Just need to find a spot I can make a mess while creating it!

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Maria Botero
Posted 9 months ago

I really enjoy this course, it's amazing, I've learnt a lot

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Francesca Tolot
Posted 9 months ago
Very interesting

Very interesting I learned a lot from this course

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Kevin Leong
Posted 9 months ago
Wonderful informative workshop

I really enjoyed this course. It was very informative and made me want to try paper clay. I think that the aim of a course is to keep people engaged and wanting to try it themselves. Graham definitely achieved this with his enthusiasm for the medium.

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