Scarva FLAX Paper Clay ES600 Porcelain From £4.49
Firing Temp 1220°C-1280°C
“The new Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY body will, I feel, be the best product on the market in this fast developing area of ceramics." Ian Gregory.
“I have, as you know, been one of the main pioneers of adding fibres and paper to clay bodies in order to develop new methods of making. But I can only say that your new Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY offers all that one could expect from such thorough research on your part.
Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY is very versatile, strong and flexible at all stages of the making process. Its reinforcing property with the flax fibre content allows the clay to be stretched without tearing. The fibres also seem to add tremendous strength to the sculpture as it dries and this gives a much greater handling ability before firing.
I have been very impressed with other properties, for example, the clay can be joined in a conventionally plastic-to-plastic state, but also quite radically plastic-to-dry or dry-to-dry, allowing repairs at any stage, before and after firing. This opens up a whole new field of development in both construction and firing methods.’’
PLEASE NOTE: ES600 contains cellulose fibre this may contain traces of carbon that are produced during the production of the fibre which may result in the occasional speck in the clay.
Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY allows the potter to be more of an artist and less of a technician.
• Incredibly strong slabs - even extra thin slabs will fold, bend and drape without tearing.
• Extra large or thick forms hold up under their own weight.
• Greenware re-wets easily and evenly allowing you to re-work, alter or add new clay at any stage of dryness.
It is possible with this clay body to build an armature and allow it to dry as a support sculpture that need
not be removed for firing.
• Moisture evaporates so evenly from this clay body that it can be force dried with excellent results.
• Exaggerated forms hold their shape. Be careful not to get too extreme: once bisqued, the fibre structure
burns out and slumping may occur if the base clay is over fired.
• Greenware, even bone dry, is unbelievably strong and easy to handle or transport if necessary.
• Make Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY into a putty to repair cracks in greenware or to construct forms out of
previously made modules. You may even repair or add to already bisqued Scarva FLAXpaperCLAY. For best
results you should re-bisque ware after making alterations.
• In addition, the burn out of the flax fibres results in a noticeably lower fired weight, especially in large-scale
works and the resulting openness gives improved thermal shock properties to most clay bodies.
Firings can be Oxidised, Reduced, Raku or Salt and Soda.
During firing combustion of organic, cellulose pulp and flax fibres will create a smoke effect - avoid inhalation. The kiln should be well-ventilated, i.e. suitable extraction fan or canopy fitted that allows the fumes to be safely removed from the kiln room. Without adequate venation it could trigger a smoke alarm.
There are 13 reviews with an average rating of 4.76
Jason from United KingdomOwner21 October 2012 15:06
Out of the bag a little sticky, easy to dry up to a good working consistency within a short time. This clay is very durable when fully dried and allows precise carving of very fine detail, which is exactly what I needed. I tried throwing it(not on a wheel, literally throwing a piece at a wall) and it only left a dent. Possibly a bit excessive, but a strength like this opens up a lot of possibilities.
Anonymous from United KingdomOwner28 December 2011 15:13
This is a great product compared to other fibre clays, making my work so much easier. The clay is consistently good, always very smooth, with a nice warm white colour and good translucency. It also keeps well, doesn't go mouldy as other paper clays and the packaging makes it very easy to handle. The only slightly negative aspect is that when newly delivered the clay can be quite wet and sticky.
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Yvonne from Netherlands asks
If you want the result to be transparent at which temperature do you have to do the biscuit (first) firing?
mimmi from Sweden asks
Hello, I have tried your paper clay porcelain slip because I wanted to try casting something quite big and sort of thin. However my shape collapsed/warped in the middle after I fired it to 1225 degrees. Is there anything I can do to support the cast porcelain? Also this time I fired it unglazed, but if I have to use some sort of support, how can I glaze it when I want to? Shall i glaze it in a lower temperature? Should I have chosen another porcelain? Regards Mimmi
Izzy from United Kingdom asks
Can porcelain paperclay be used for domestic ware? I always thought not but as the paper is burnt out when high fired to 1260 degrees I am wondering why not? I am making jugs with patterns impressed into the clay which can have a tendency to split when drying, so I need a strong porcelain. If ES600 isn't suitable then please can you suggest another porcelain clay. Thank you.
Ros Collett from United Kingdom asks
I would like to know the shrinkeage rate of the TS flax porcelain paperclay from leather hard to final fired stage(1230) Is it likely to be a bit less than 'standard' porcelains ? Many thanks in anticipation Ros
Claire from France asks
I'm new to porcelain work, but am loving creating pieces with the Scarva porcelain paper clay. I usually work with earthenware clay and slip and bisque fire to cone 06 (1060degC). My question is: Can I bisque fire my earthenware and porcelain paper clay at the same time to 06? Thanks Claire
Louise from United Kingdom asks
Have you had any experience or feedback on raw-glazing with ES600 clay? If so, do you have any advice for appropriate firing schedule... or advice for trying out a firing schedule. The glaze will be SW crackle glaze (suitable for porcelain). Many thanks!
Tamsen from United Kingdom asks
Can I use botz glazes (high temperature) with this clay? I have avoided using them on porcelain paperclay so far, but I have used them on ordinary porcelain successfully (albeit with a bit of slumping) and just wondered.
Heather from United Kingdom asks
Would this clay be suitable for sgraffito work? I'm looking for a clay body (that is white) that I can make panels from, paint over with black slip, sgraffito and then construct into a form, do you think this clay would be suitable?
joseph from United Kingdom asks
which glaze do you recommend to use with this product