Not being a potter, I am not hindered by the drying problem. If
I sense the clay getting too dry, I just dab it with water before
the drying inhibits its pliability. It only takes a minute or
two for the water to be absorbed.
What I like best about working in PMC is it’s newness. I like
to find new ways to do things and to experiment. Since this is a
relatively new medium; I see the field of possiblities as
I have not yet learned how to cast, so I hold no strikes against
PMC in this area. I like making my own beads. Each pattern may
be similar, but each is unique.
As for kiln temperature…trust me, I know what a difference 50
degrees F can make…from potential jewelry to scraps being saved
for when I DO learn to cast! But actually, it takes patiences
and perseverance. I have a small ceramics kiln, bought a
pyrometer and am hoping I have modified things enough that I can
buy a controller. It’s a nuisance, but I have hopes of buying a
fusing oven that will eliminate a few of my trips out to the
garage to make sure I’m not on the way to a “melt down”. It
would be nice to have the kiln or oven in the same room with me!
In short…there are pros and con to everything. You either
like PMC or have no use for it. But I recommend not throwing
away the opportunity to find out which side of the table you are
P.S. The shrinkage is a point I would like to find some kind of
scale or control over!