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Hi there Looking on your website at the various classes being offered in June, I see there are three different classes for clay - Art Clay Silver, Prometheus Metal Clay, and Hadar's Clay. What is the difference between the three types of clay and the classes offered?
Hi there - good question! All three types - Art Clay Silver, Prometheus, and Hadar's Clay - are "metal" clays - they are a very finely ground powdered metal, mixed with an organic binder. You work it and shape it like a pottery clay, rolling, wetting, drying, carving, etc. It is then fired to burn off the binders and leave you with a solid-metal finished piece. (The metal powder doesn't melt, the metal powder joins to itself in a process called "sintering" - but that was probably more technical than you needed!) These are 3 different brands, from 3 different manufacturers. Art Clay Silver is pure, precious silver clay - so that your finished piece is made of fine silver. It is one of the older brands of metal clay. The advantage is that your finished piece has the inherent value of the silver in it. The disadvantage is that it is expensive, which makes some students feel inhibited about working with it, and it is not the easiest to work with. Hadar's Clay comes as a powder, and you add water and mix it yourself. Some people find this fun, others are a little intimidated by this "roll your own" approach. It is less expensive, however - as it does not contain silver - and does have a nice variety of metals. Prometheus is newish to market, and new to us, although not new to our instructor. It is a pre-mixed clay, and comes in only two colours, copper and bronze. It seems to be gaining a good following for being forgiving and easy to use and has very attractive pricing. Which you choose depends on what you want to do with it, but I would suggest that either the Hadar's or the Prometheus are a less expensive way to start. Hope that helps!