On Display in July: The Amazing Art of Light Clay

For the month of July, the Livingston Public Library is featuring a colorful variety of pieces of light clay art by the students of local art teacher Khloe Hsu. The origin of light clay comes from the traditional Dough Modeling folk art from decades ago. Khloe says, “The early Dough Modeling figurines have a short shelf life and low ductility. They can only be seen at traditional festivals.  On the other hand, light clay is extremely lightweight, delicate, soft-textured, elastic, smooth, and with high ductility, which can be stretched extremely thinly. The finished product is durable, non-toxic, and tasteless. It does not sag or deform easily.” “Light clay” Khloe adds, “can be mixed with a wide spectrum of pigments, therefore creating a variety of colors. In addition to encouraging hands-on creativity, playing with light clay trains hand-eye coordination and stimulates the imagination. Light clay, therefore, has gradually replaced the art of traditional dough modeling. While light clay is very popular in Asia, its appreciation has much room to be expanded in the United States.“ Khloe is currently teaching at Livingston Chinese School and at an art studio.  She fell in love with the art of light clay the first time she came across it and has had more than 10 years of experience with light clay since. Displayed in the showcase are cheerfully vibrant pieces depicting the holidays such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day, made by Khloe’s students Lisa & Even Varkey, Betty & Ethan Su, Kelly & Dylan Wang, Andrew Yip, Isabella Yip, Kaydence Cheung, Kaitlyn Li, April Yuan, Avery Yan, Ellie Yan, Roland Li, Carlos Perez & Julia Perez. Khloe can be reached at khloe524@hotmail.com —Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian