Plasztilin Plasticine

Hungarian title:

Plasztilin gyurma


Vajda Lajos


Small poster artwork (cca. 15 x 11 cm)






Paint on cardboard.

Price: US$1200


Plasticine is a kind of oil-based clay which was developed by the German Franz Kolb in 1880. „Oil-based clays are made from various combinations of oils, waxes, and clay minerals. Because the oils do not evaporate as does water, oil-based clays remain malleable even when left for long periods in dry environments. Articles made from oil-based clays cannot be fired, and therefore are not ceramics. Because the viscosity of oils decreases as temperature rises, the malleability is influenced by heating or cooling the clay. Oil-based clay is not soluble in water. It can be re-used and so is a popular material for animation artists who need to bend and move their models. It is available in a multitude of colours and is non-toxic.”

This small-sized painted artwork from around the mid-century was probably created as a cover design for a pack or box of plastilin. The product was sold by the 10th District Handicraft Company (X. Kerületi Kézm┼▒ipari Vállalat) which appears to be written at the bottom of the design. The name is highlighted above, and there is a smiling face of a funny clay figure on the right. The yellow-green colourful background, the light-hearted figure and the inscription proves that this product was clearly targeted at children. A work by Lajos Vajda.

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