Many artists have discovered the art medium of polymer clay that is known for its versatility and sustainability. One can make craft items as well as jewellery by moulding and baking the clay into desired shapes. Clay art form has limitless creativity to explore and has become popular for its easy and inexpensive methods. To learn more about these techniques, Rooftop conducted a clay workshop with Sanya Kukreja.
About The Artist
Sanya is the founder of the Remembrance Design Studio. She is a fashion and lifestyle accessory designer. Designing and developing ethical conceptual accessories is what she looks up to. Especially, to promote the art of sustainability and uplift Indian craft to the core. Along with celebrating the artisans of our country through her work, being experimental with her art and colours personifies her creativity. She has an eye for perfection in every work she does.
The Clay Workshop Began
Sanya has created a number of items with polymer clay and demonstrated how to make usable jewellery with the same. For the first design, she chose two colours, namely pink and yellow. She made sure to mould it thoroughly so that it softens. She took a small amount of clay and created different shapes like triangles or squares that were irregular in shape. She poked holes using a toothpick and passed them through a thin wire to make an abstract necklace.
Making jewellery with polymer clay is a fun process. The clay is shaped and later baked to harden them.
A few other designs she created were by mixing two shades and rolling them flat, making impressions through shells on a flat clay and she also made a cute pink rose. For making the rose, she twisted the clay into a string with butter paper and rolled it in a circle to fabricate a flower.
Towards The End Of The Clay Workshop
The most important part that Sanya told everyone was to keep a note of the baking process. She suggested the attendees use a conventional microwave or oven, reheat it at 120-150 degrees for 10 minutes before laying the clay on butter paper and placing it on a steel plate. She instructed that the baking process for every 1 mm thickness be at least 5 minutes, after which the clay needs to be cooled down naturally.
The attendees were from different parts of the country. They also belonged to different age groups but their love for art brought them together on a single platform. Rooftop, as always, was successful in connecting artists and curating a magical and positive vibe together.
On this note, here’s us signing off until next time!