South Pomfret, Vermont
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Paper Clay

Explore the benefits and beauty of making and working with paper clay.

Paper clay is great for increasing the strength of your ceramic artwork while reducing its weight. Students will make their own batch of paper clay by adding cellulose fiber to a clay body, and then will explore the many uses of this material in sculpture, jewelry, and decorative work.

Jackie Padich received a B.F.A. in Ceramics and a B.S. in Visual Arts Education from SUNY New Paltz before moving to Vermont in 2018. Jackie’s undergraduate studies were heavily focused on coil-built ceramic sculpture, culminating in a body of work deeply inspired by flora and fauna imagery in connection with the human experience. Jackie was afforded the opportunity to intern with Beth Cavener in Helena, Montana for a month in 2018. There she learned methods of building solid on metal armatures and hollowing pieces to create increasingly complex and dynamic work. Jackie is also invested in a utilitarian pottery practice at Shackleton Thomas, where she apprentices with Miranda Thomas in Bridgewater, VT. In that practice she is cultivating her skills in wheel throwing, sgraffito decoration, and brushwork.