The Paper Clay Revolution Workshop

graham Hay next to a sculpture

Instructor: Graham Hay, Australian Sculptor

Date: October 26-28: 10am – 4pm

Location: Muskegon Community College Ceramics Department

 Cost: $325

Maximum participants: 16

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(upon registration, we will send you more information regarding suggested lodging, suggested tools and supplies that you will need to bring with you to the workshop.)



Sculpture by Graham Hay

C2C Gallery is excited to host West Australian sculptural artist, Graham Hay. Graham has been quietly leading a revolution using a new, but not so new, material – paper clay. Paper clay is now a third of all clay used in studios and classrooms in Western Australia, a quarter in New Zealand. It’s use is doubling every year in the US.

Join us on October 26 – 28, 2018, for three days of a hands on, information packed but fun workshop on using paper clay.

  • Demonstrations will include clay preparation, building techniques for using paper clay, surface, and color, firing and non-firing options.
  • Adding natural and synthetic fiber, metals and other additives to clay will be explored.
  • Unconventional methods such as incremental mass and surface construction, wet to dry and dry to dry joining, as well as variations to traditional clay techniques will be fully explored.
  • Participants will be encouraged to develop individual ideas and conceptual directions. The workshop will be balanced between demonstrations; slide talks; and studio construction time. All skill levels welcome.

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  • We will make and use our own and pre-made paper clay, to explore its radical creative properties.
  • You will explore new shortcuts to traditional techniques as well as radical wet-to-dry; “ dipstick”; “pour-join”; “dip-joins”; speed lattice; and; upside down building techniques.
  • Plus new combinations of wet; soft and dry casting; speed casting; and additions of yarn, wadding, and wire.
  • We will discuss how to use paper clay in your own studio production; plus possible new working methods will be explored.

Sculpture by Graham hay

Common fallacies about paper clay and the emerging paper clay aesthetics will be discussed. “Short and sharp” slideshows showing art from around the world will be used to quickly answer your individual questions. They are sure to stimulate discussion and illustrate techniques. This workshop will be customized through your individual input, to cater to both beginners and those seeking new challenges.

A simple lunch will be included each day. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. No Refunds.

Graham Hay image of artist

About the instructor: Graham Hay

Born in New Zealand, artist Graham Hay is based in Western Australia.

sculpture by Graham Hay
“I have been a ‘clay-aholic’ since childhood, transferring my enthusiasm to the new material paper clay in 1992. This was after being introduced to it as a way to make tiles that don’t warp, by Ceramic Chemist Mike Kusnik.
I immensely enjoy sharing my studio discoveries and unique techniques developed with others, particularly when I see their eye light up, when they realize the creative potential the new material offers in their own work.”

Graham has participated in over 160 exhibitions in a dozen countries, with his artwork in textbooks and public collections in many of these countries. This sculptor has participated in ceramic, paper and art biennales in Australia, Holland, Argentina, Romania and Italy(3). In 2017, Graham presented a 500 kg vessel based sculpture and performance piece in Personal Structures, a Venice Biennale Parallel Event.

Generous by nature, he has written over 20 journal articles on paper clay, paper and art, and provides a huge, information packed website on art and techniques, while running small studio-based classes from Robertson Park Artists Studio in Perth, Western Australia.


A list and links from past workshops is at:
Past participants reviews (both good and bad):


Generously sponsored by Muskegon Community College, West Michigan Clay, and C2C Gallery.


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