Poly­clay play­time

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - ABOUT TOWN -

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

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