Newly opened this year, Shanghai Oriental Ceramic Art Promotion Center (second floor, 719 Yan’an Road West, 6502-0101) offers visitors the chance to get stuck into making a range of items with polymer clays, or polyclays, which can be moulded and then hardened into a range of objects.
The studio is filled with shelves of colorful items including ball pens, pots, key rings and breast pins made from the substance.
Ji Yun, a teacher at the center, told the Global Times that the first step is to knead a block of the polyclay to make it malleable. Tools can then be used to carve it into shape
and join different parts.
“Sometimes our hands are not strong enough to compact together two pieces adequately to prevent them from falling apart when they are fired,” Ji said. “Hence the tools.”
The clay is then heated in the oven at 200 C for 30 minutes. It is then allowed to cool.
The center also offers decorations for the pieces such as bells, strings and pedants.
Other DIY options include glazing white porcelain cups and pottery.
Ji said that all the clay is brought from Yixing, Jiangsu Province, a city that is famous as the capital of pottery.
The center also organizes two-day cultural tours to Yixing.
A customer tries out pottery making at Shanghai Oriental Ceramic Art Promotion Center. Photos: Courtesy of the stores