One of the advantage of paper clay is that it allows you to fire directly from greenware to your desired Cone. So far, I’ve only test fired small pieces of a porcelain paper clay from bone dry greenware to Cone 5. They came out with no problems.
I had a chance to make a larger piece and this was the result. This piece, titled, “Fragment” was a one time fire. The clay is Gault 10 paper clay from Aardvark. No glazes were used. I used a black slip on the base and red iron oxide for the shell fragment. I left the tentacles the raw Gault 10 paper clay.
This piece was fired from bone dry greenware to Cone 5, bypassing the bisque stage. Obviously, if your piece allows you to do this kind of one fire, you save on time and on the gas/electric bill.
16"H x 12"W x 6"D