About the Artist: Agnes van den Berge - Hoogstrate lives in Kapelle (the Netherlands) and discovered the art of making dolls. Agnes uses air drying clay for her sculptures. She prefers making modern dolls, because she has her own style, She does not copy work from other dollmakers and does not work from sculpting books. She has been published in several magazines. You can see more of her wonderful work at:
Layl McDill's ~ Silly Milly Art
Bag Lady Juggler
About the Artist
Layl has been working in polymer clay since 1993 when she started adding it to her mixed media sculptures and quilts. After experimenting with the millefiore technique for about 5 years she decided to move into working with clay almost exclusively.
You can see more of Layl's art at Art Link: http://www.claysquared.com/index.php/layls-silly-milly-art/large-sculptures
Cold Porcelain Tutorials
Cold porcelain is an air-drying clay (also called 'paste') ideal for making flowers and figures. It can be purchased commercially (although hard to find in USA) or can be made at home. Cold porcelain has a much finer finish than bread dough or even polymer clay. When making flowers, you can get wafer thin petals. When making figures, you can use Styrofoam shapes as armatures.
There are many different recipes for cold porcelain but basically it is made with cornstarch, glue, oil and preservatives. The paste is cooked on the stove or in the microwave for a short time and then kneaded until smooth. To see these wonderful recipes please visit the following site: