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Clay Modelling Art and Craft

Clay modelling is popular with almost all age groups. Even as adults it is very enticing and therapeutic to work with clay, given its nature and tactile nature. Clay craft inherently is very versatile and is extremely easy to work with. It is ideal for seasoned sculptors as well as beginners. There are vital tools and equipment that are used to refine one's work with clay to give it that finished look. They come in various shapes and sizes to cut, scrape and shape the clay. Beautiful murals, statues, figurines, curios are made with clay art. The most easily recognized form of sculpting is clay modelling, that is, the creation of a 3-dimensional piece of art typically using some type of clay: Plastilina (oil-based clay also known as plasteline, plasticium, plasticine), self-hardening (non-firing) clay, ceramic / pottery clay, wax, or other polymer-based material.

Clay craft is highly versatile, extremely easy to work with, and an ideal modeling material for the beginner as well as the seasoned sculptor. With nothing more than a block of clay, the artist can begin his journey of creativity. Your choice of material is a very personal one - based upon feel, texture, and hardness of the material, and if required, reproduction of the finished pieces. Artist also use clay modelling tools to manipulate the material into the shape desired.

These sculpting tools come in various shapes, sizes and styles and are used to cut, scrape or shape the modeling material to create a specific effect. They are usually produced from carbon steel, stainless steel, wood, and plastic.

Clay modelling is considered to be relaxing and a lot of people are taking to this as a hobby or a stress busting activity, the experience is positive and often spoken about. With the kind of exposure that we all have today there are a lot of options for beginners to work with clay, usually small pieces like maybe mold a small ball of clay to make some animal of a flower for instance make them into fridge magnets or danglers for your homes. Ideas are galore when it comes to clay modelling and forming, it's just that one needs to get a hang of the basics with each one's motor skills and then creation is a pleasure.