Parian is a self-glazing body, extremely translucent and ideally suited for casting to produce figurines, dolls and light forms etc. However I use it to sculpt which is extremely hard. Why? Because I like the marble like look and feel of the fired piece. Parian clay contains a very white felspar and is firined: 1220 – 1240°C
Parian is derived from Paros the Aegian Island famous for its beautiful white marble widely used for sculpture by the classical Greeks. Parian ware became very popular in the mid-nineteenth century and was manufactured by many notable Stoke-on-Trent potteries.