Natural clay is a versatile and popular material that has been used for centuries to create pottery and other objects and now you can use it in your very own home. It’s a type of clay that’s found in the ground and contains minerals and other organic materials that give it its multiple unique properties. Natural clay can be used to make everything from simple pots to intricate sculptures.
To find the best natural clay, it's important to consider factors such as the type of clay, its purity, and how it was mined and processed. At RIOT Art & Craft we offer a wide selection of natural clay, making it extra easy to find the perfect type for whatever project you’re embarking on.
Using a natural clay kiln is an excellent way to fire your clay creations, as it allows for more precise temperature control and a longer firing time. This can result in stronger, more durable objects that are less likely to crack or break. You can also air-dry your natural clay however it may not be as strong or durable as if it had been kiln-fired.
Benefits of natural clay
Natural clay has been used for centuries as a versatile and sustainable material for making pottery, sculptures, and even architectural models. Here are some of the benefits of using natural clay:
1. Sustainable and eco-friendly: Natural clay is a renewable resource and is environmentally friendly as it is a natural material that can be recycled or returned to the earth without causing harm to the environment.
2. Health benefits: Working with natural clay can be therapeutic, as it may help to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. Additionally, natural clay is thought to have natural healing properties and is thought to treat various skin conditions.
3. Versatile and durable: Natural clay can be used to create a variety of objects, from small figurines to large sculptures and even high-quality architectural models. Once fired, natural clay is strong and durable, making it suitable for long-term use.
While natural clay is an excellent material for many crafting projects, it's not always the best choice for every project. For example, polymer clay and casting resin can be better for certain types of craft projects, such as jewellery or intricate miniatures.