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Making miniature bowls with polymer clay cane patterns

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Clay canes are thin, cylindrical rods made of clay, an often used technique in crafts like jewelry making and sculpture. These canes typically have intricate patterns or designs running through their length. Crafters slice thin cross-sections from the cane to reveal the pattern, which they can apply to the surface of other clay objects.

South Korea-based clay craftsman Clay Zoo uses this technique to create flowers, animal faces, and colorful patterns in their work. In the video above, they use the patterns in polymer clay to craft a decorative blue and white dishware set in miniature.

clay cane patterns
Blue and white dishes and tea sets can be found in traditional ceramics across Asia, Europe, and the Near East, as well as in more modern creations around the globe. They often depict themes reflecting their eras’ cultural, artistic, and historical influences, from floral and nature motifs to pastoral scenes from famous events or stories, to imperial themes and symbols. Some history via Urban Kiln Ceramics:

“Blue and white porcelain became mainstream in China between the late 1300s and 1600s before reaching its peak in the early 1700s. The development of this art form was due to a combination of Chinese methods and Islamic trade.

“The distinctive blue color comes from cobalt ores imported from Persia. In the early days of this art form, cobalt ore was scarce and only available to artisans in limited quantities.

“Over time and as global trade became more commonplace, different types of cobalt ore and application methods were used to create the distinctive shades of blue that this porcelain ware is known for.”

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miniature blue and white dishware
Find more of Clay Zoo’s work on Instagram and YouTube.

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