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Airdry clay is a fine clay that dries hard with out baking so you can do it at home. It is simple to use making it ideal for kids as well as adults, as there is no baking or firing needed.

 

Once your clay creation is finished, simply leave it out to harden. When its dry you can paint or decorate it then apply acrylic sealant.

  • Whats the difference between Air dry and Kiln Fired Clay?
    Air dry clay Is a fine clay that dries hard without baking. It is simple to use making it ideal for kids as well as adults, as there is no baking or firing needed. Once your clay creation is finished, simply leave it out to harden. When its dry you can paint or decorate it then apply acrylic sealant. Air dry clay is not waterproof or food safe. The acrylic sealant will seal pieces to make water resistant but anything made with air dry clay should be used for decorative purposes only. Kiln fired clay Also known as stoneware, earthware and porcelain these clays are fired in an electric kiln. Before clay can be fired it needs to be bone dry. Once dry it can then be fired for the first time in what's know as a bisque firing, this process hardens the ceramic bodies when heated to the correct temperature and becomes hard enough to form durable vessels. Once the vessel has cooled it can be glazed before its second firing. Glazes fired over the clay then become permanent decoration and waterproofing for the vessel.
  • Can I purchase Kiln fired clay if I haven't done pottery before?
    We don't recommend kiln fired clay to first time potters unless they are planning to do a pottery course or are part of our online hand building course. It is vital that you learn the fundamentals of hand building and firing process in order to make a piece that your local kiln will fire. Firing can be volatile, if there are air bubbles or your piece is too thick it will crack or explode in the kiln not only destroying your piece but those around them. So pottery clubs and potters will only fire pieces that they know are safe to fire. Another consideration is clay can take up two weeks to dry before being taken to a local kiln to be fired. First as a bisque fire, then glaze applied before being fired for a second time.
  • How do I find a Kiln to fire my pieces?
    Most towns or regions have a pottery club so just google pottery club and your area to see what is around. Alternatively you could look for a local potter, some don't mind firing other peoples work on occasion. Kiln firing can be volatile and pottery will explode if there are air bubbles, moisture or thick uneven walls. So kiln operators will only fire pieces that are safe to put in the kiln. Hence why we only recommend you purchase the kiln fire clay kits if you have previously done a pottery course. The Kiln fire clay kits have a firing and glazing step by step instruction manual and within this the information to supply your kiln operator with the type of clay and temperature it needs to be bisque to, so that it can go into a firing range with similar clays.
  • Whats clay is best for me?
    I want to give it a go and see if I like it? Air dry will be your best option, easy to use and a great material to try out and see if pottery is something you would like to explore. Im looking for a craft project for my kids or kids present? Air dry kits are perfect for kids with simple instructions to get them started. Kids love getting their hands in clay to create their own masterpieces. I want to get my girl friends around for a fun evening of creating? Our full air dry kits a great for sharing with friends who want to have a creative evening. With all the tools and clay needed just follow some simple instructions tip: just remember to purchase some extra clay so there is enough to go around. Then spend the tip relaxing and creating pottery with friends. I want to make simple inexpensive decorative pieces for my home? In this case Air dry will be your best option, easy to use and a great material to create decorative pieces. I want to fill my home with handmade cups, plates, vases and soap dishes. So if you want functional waterproof and food safe pottery then you will need to use a kiln fired clay. Yay for you drinking your coffee every morning out of your handmade one of a kind mug is PRICELESS But it comes with a disclosure: you need to be prepared to learn the fundamentals of hand building and firing process in order to make a piece that your local kiln will fire. Firing can be volatile, if there are air bubbles or your piece is too thick it will crack or explode in the kiln not only destroying your piece but taking out those around them. So pottery clubs and potters will only fire pieces that they know are safe to fire. Another consideration is clay can take up two weeks to dry before being taken to a local kiln to be fired. First as a bisque fire, then glaze applied before being fired for a second time. But with local pottery clubs in most towns this is very achievable if you would like to make your own functional pottery.
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