So, what do these two little art vessels have in common?
Yup. Toilet paper.
I have found toilet paper to be a very useful tool in my studio. For example, with these two vessels (and others similar), I used a wad of wet toilet paper (use regular water, silly… what were you thinking?), squeezed to compact it into a damp, but not wet, ball. Then I worked the clay around it, and baked with the toilet paper core intact.
After baking it’s a simple matter to pick the tp out of the center leaving a hollow core. (psssst…get the tp wet again so it comes out muuuuuch easier.)
But wait, there’s more! With this amazing product, you can ball it, wrap it, and scrunch it! Act now! For just a small payment, you too can have rolls and rolls of this wonder supply in your own studio! Call now, operators are standing by!
Or, well, you can just go in your closet and get some. I think that’s another reason I like using toilet paper in the studio – it’s cheap, everyone has plenty, and it’s very adaptable.
As you can see, it can push up to hold a shape, roll into a ball to hold up ends that might get droopy in the oven, or even ‘mummy wrap’ an entire piece to keep things where they should be with gentle support.
Yeah, i said ‘in the oven’. That’s another wonderful thing you can do with this stuff – all the toilet paper support goes right into the oven with the clay. Paper doesn’t burn or scorch at the temperature that clay bakes.
So, have fun with that next time you clay play. One of the most wonderful inventions of the modern world, lives a secret artsy life… and now you know about it. Spread the word.