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Two mosaic ceramic sculptures, decorated with seashells and other objects

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June 01, 2020

Camp-in-Place #AtHomeArt: Salt Clay Mosaics

Make your own oven-baked clay with Camp Contemporary instructor Perla Contreras
Jordan Legacy by Jason Dussault
Jordan Legacy mosaic by Jason Dussault, who inspired today's Camp-in-Place project. (Source: jasondussault.com)

Camp-in-Place #AtHomeArt projects from Camp Contemporary instructors and Youth and Family staff. Sponsored by SONIC Drive-In.

With its naturally pliable nature, clay can be a relaxing and therapeutic medium. Today's Camp-in-Place project is inspired by contemporary artist Jason Dussault, who uses mosaics as his own sort of therapy. For Dussault, mosaics bring back the magic, excitement and hopefulness that marked his youth. The artist says clay is a medium that compels us to understand our true fragility.

With the do-it-yourself, oven-baked clay recipe below, you can use household ingredients and found objects to make creative home décor or gifts. All you’ll need are items you most likely have in your pantry, home and yard. You can make coasters, small containers, picture frames, pendants, wall hangings and more - - the possibilities for this #AtHomeArt project are truly endless!

Now let's get started.

Household pantry items, including flour, salt, cooking oil and corn starch
Use household ingredients and found objects to make fun home décor or gifts.


Rolled clay on a granite countertop
Keep rolled clay no more than half an inch thick for even baking.


Perla Contreras has lived in Oklahoma City most of her life and considers it her home. Perla is an Oklahoma City University graduate whose favorite art style is ceramics, but she also practices mixed-media sculpture. She currently teaches Art 1 and Ceramics at Putnam City West High School and recently started her own photography business, in which she enjoys bringing traditional artistic style into a digital format. She will be teaching Light Clay Creations during Camp Contemporary, June 22-26. Aside from teaching and photography, Perla is a wife and mother to a beautiful 2-year-old girl named Luna, who keeps her on her toes!

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