Creative, FUN, and a little messy
Clay handbuilding will get you back in touch and out of your head. It’s time to make something that’s real and physical, enough with the computers!
When the project is ready we’ll bake the clay and it’ll turn solid and white, ready for painting.
A handbuilding kit is $50 plus tax and consists of kilo of clay and tools such as a wooden rib, a wooden knife and rollers if desired. The supplies need to be returned if you do the project at home, but we have basic toolkits available for sale. If you do the project in the studio, you also have access to texture rollers, extruders and other tools.
Clay handbuilding can be done in the studio or at home. Fine detailing, mugs with handles, surface carving and similar activities is best done at home because precise work is easier if the clay is left to firm up for 24 hours after initial shaping.
A kilo of clay is $50 plus tax. This price includes the baking of up to two individual items made from the clay, and we’ll be happy to bake additional items for $10 plus tax per item.
You can make as many items from the kilo as you want, but only two items are baked for free.
When the clay is baked you can come paint the items for $15 plus tax per item, or take them home and enjoy them the way they are.
The most important tip is to attach pieces properly. The surfaces of the pieces must be scratched up (scored) and wetted a little to make them gooey. Then press them together and wiggle a little. If the pieces are joined without proper scoring, they’ll most likely separate during baking.
You must avoid large, solid chunks of clay so don’t for example make a snowman from three solid balls of clay. The walls should be no more than two centimeters thick at most. If it is a hollow shape there must be an airhole for the moisture to escape.
The clay dries quickly if left sitting out so wrap up pieces you’re not immediately using.
We bake the items carefully after an appropriate drying period, but we cannot guarantee that the items are intact after baking. If you follow the tips in the other column the chances of success will be greatly improved.
The clay is heated up to about 1100C in a process that takes a day or more. Our position is that if the items broke during firing in our kiln they would have broken if they’d been fired in a kiln of your own. Therefore there is no refund or do-over if anything breaks, sorry.
In some cases, yes. It depends on the circumstances at the time, like what kilns are available, how busy we are etc.
We only do cone 04 clay firings so the clay must be “low fire cone 04” clay. If it is “high fire” clay we cannot fire it sorry.
For the firing, the rule of thumb is that you pay for the space you need. The following prices assume a cone 04 firing. Minimum space is the room taken up by four standard mugs next to each other, which will cost $35. Tall items may come with extra charges. A full kiln load is $100. Painting of the fired items is not included the price.
Sorry, it’s not possible for us to store work-in-progress in the studio. If your project is not finished, we’ll wrap it up safely in a box and you take it home where you can finish it before bringing it back for firing.
A clay project dries over the course of a day or so under cover, and if left too long it becomes too dry to work on, so it’s best to take it home to do detail carving etc.
We have limited storage space so once they’re baked the items must be picked up or painted within two months. We do not guarantee they’ll be kept for more than two months.
We call you as soon as the items are ready for pickup or painting, and we will call again before the items are disposed. Make sure you check your phone messages. Unfortunately we do not compensate if the items were disposed.