Something I discovered through teaching is that sometimes people’s own hands dry out their clay.
So now when I teach I always take a barrier cream with me. I explain to everyone that if they know they have dry skin, then their hands will tend to leach the moisture out of the metal clay.
I encourage anyone with dry skin to use a barrier cream first, such as Gloves in a Bottle, allow that to dry, and then use olive oil too.
Since I’ve started taking barrier cream with me to class, I haven’t had any more problems with people unwittingly drying out their own clay.
Potters in particular have this problem, I’ve noticed.
What’s a barrier cream?
Here’s what the Gloves in a Bottle folks have to say:
Gloves In A Bottle is a shielding lotion â€“ it bonds with the outer layer of your skin and helps lock in your natural oils and moisture â€“ the reason why dermatologists recommend Gloves as an effective dry skin treatment.
Barrier creams are also used by mechanics to keep the grease from soaking into their skin.
The brand I’ve used in class is hard to find, but Gloves in a Bottle should be easy for you to find; it is sometimes sold in sewing stores. Click here to buy directly from them. Click here to see their store locator for the US and Canada.