Author Archive for paperclay

Blue Spiral

Blue Spiral, View 2. Fired paper clay. Two pieces.

Two pieces can be placed in different configurations.
Above: 7″t x 18″2 x 8″d
Fired paper clay, refired with glaze, stain, love letter inscribed inside


Gallimaufry (medley), 13" t x 30" wide x 13" d, fired paper clay with glaze
Gallimaufry (medley), 13" t x 30" wide x 13" d, other side showing finish of clay, engobe, and stains
Gallimaufry is a word for medley.
13″ t x 30″ wide x 13″ d
fired paper clay with glaze on one side, stains and slips on the other side


Creating urns to hold ashes in memory of beloved family or friends, or pets has been a privilege. These urns are also lovely decorative jars. The unfired urn is intended to be able to place ashes in nature where the jar and the ashes will gradually return to the earth.

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Dancing House

Dancing House, fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media. 19"t x 12"w x 9"d
Dancing House, View 1

Fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media.

19″t x 12″w x 9″d

Four feet stand on a mushroom shaped base. Colors are red, orange, purple, gray, yellow, maroon. Part of the “house” series of the 1990’s and 2000’s.

I have worked on the theme of the house off and on since 1994 when my husband and I undertook to build our own house.  These pieces communicate on many levels.  Everyone loves to explore other houses to learn more about those who live there, and this sense of finding a hidden story animates these sculptures.  I feel the house image is a metaphor for the inner self and aspects of ourselves we discover through life events. 

The clay sculptures in this series, built with slab, coil and pinched methods, are intensely colored and varied in size and shape.   I fire each piece several times at a variety of temperatures and use many methods to achieve the surfaces, which vary from bright to subtle colors; rich buttery surfaces to dry-velvety or bubbly, cracked, and cratered effects.  Considering these are images of buildings, they show unusual movement:  They sway, dance, rock on their foundations, fly, sail, ride on the backs of animals or in a death cart, and have stairways to the roof.    

Dancing House, fired paper clay, glazes, underglazes, mixed media. 19"t x 12"w x 9"d


Fired paper clay ceramic sculpture, fabric

Fired paper clay sculpture. Lizard glazes. Fabric.

8″h x 18″w x 9″d

Black/White, fired paperclay sculpture with fabric.
Black/White, 8″h x 18″w x 9″d

Cholla Bowl

This sculpture is fun because it can be placed in different positions for variety. The holes were initially inspired by the cholla plant. The piece was glaze fired initially. I liked the texture of the lichen glaze especially on the bottom (lower image). Then, I decided to push the color into a more organic direction, so I put a very thin layer of terra sigillata and fume fired the piece. Got some nice maroon fuming, while retaining the red/orange underglaze in the interior.

8″h x 11″w x 9″d

Paper clay, multi-fired, glazed and saggar fired


Spiral.  5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d Saggar fired paper clay by Judy Nelson-Moore.
5”h x 8.5”w x 5”d
Saggar fired paper clay

6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Saggar fired paper clay

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Lichen Pods

Lichen Pods Sculpture
6.5”t x 14”w x 3”d
Saggar fired paper clay

6.5″t x 14″w x 3″d
Paper clay, lichen glaze fired to cone 06, then saggar fired

Small pocket closed forms with sharp clay points and colorful crusty surface. These small pieces are a pair that go together. I call them “pods” because they resemble organic seed pods. The lichen glaze imparts cracks and crustiness while the saggar firing brings organic colors into the piece.

New Fume Fired Work

I call it fume firing.  Other clay artists call it saggar firing.  Having used many different “saggars” in the past including hand-made clay saggars, metal cans and brick-built, I am currently using tin-foil saggars.  Here are some results from Spring 2019.  

Judy Nelson-Moore, "Sisters" sculpture, 4 feet tall