The Clay in Stop-Motion Animation at Aardman Studios

Just what kind of sculpting material is used in making the stop-motion animation characters at Aardman Animations? Adam Savage investigates as he visits the studio’s materials lab to get his hands on this iconic modelling clay.

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11 thoughts on “The Clay in Stop-Motion Animation at Aardman Studios

  1. Just so you know, I was smiling ear to ear through this entire video, though it was a little sad seeing Wallace: I think this might be the first Aardman video you’ve done since Peter Sallis passed.

  2. Adam’s kilogram to lb conversion on the fly like a boss lol These 10 min. videos are great. Learn so much.

  3. My sense is he probably pulls off a dollop of each color at the start of filming and keeps it labeled and somewhere secure to use as a reference when he needs to mix more. Perhaps something like an Altoid tin for each color.

    Interesting that so small a part of the figure is now clay — the expressive (face) part. Feels a bit like “selling out” but obviously pragmatic for a big production. And no doubt the finished piece is much better than “straight clay” — more polished looking.

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