Beginners to sculpting in modeling clay

Written by Beginners guide to sculpting in clay

Working in three dimensions can be an interesting artistic challenge. Our guide on how to make clay sculptures breaks it down into simple, easy-to-follow steps.

Sculpting clay is a brilliant way to ignite your creativity.
Although if you're new to the medium and wondering how yo make sculptures at home, it can be hard to know where to begin. From picking the right clay to improving technique, the following advice on clay sculpture for beginners will help get you started.

What clay is used for sculpting?
Before you start your clay sculpture you need to pick the appropriate clay. There are several types of clay used for sculpture, all varying in terms of handling and finish:

Oil-based modeling clay
Polymer-based modeling clay
Pottery or "firing" clay

What is the best sculpting clay to use at home?
Out of the above clays, the water-based options are best for beginners sculpting at home. Although it is often shaped on a potter's wheel, it is by far the easiest to use to create shapes and forms using hand-building techniques.


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