lay:art: a user experience

making work easy

Deona Grobler-Murray
Technical Manager
Ivoclar Vivadent New Zealand



Ivoclar Vivadent New Zealand’s Deona Grobler-Murray has documented her experiences with our lay:art brushes and mixing trays.


What a refreshing, clean and artistic feeling the Renfert lay:art range brings to us in dental technology… it combines beautiful design with such clever functionality that it turns even the mundane into something special. Every ceramist needs a bit of daily inspiration for creating beautiful and natural restorations and Renfert gives us just that in the lay:art range. There is a choice for every requirement and taste.


I love the lay:art crystal aqua. Wetting of ceramic via the foam moistening strips is made easy through the uniform capillary effect. It is easy to keep clean as the strips are resistant to the formation of mold. It is also very practical by providing a surface of counter pressure when picking up your porcelain with your brush. The glass surface is super smooth and a very eye friendly neutral grey colour which further enhances the pleasure of working.


Deona Grobler-Murray with her lay:art mixing tray


The lay:art tropic and tropic pro provides a fine, continuous moistening ceramic tray with or without wells in a small or large layout depending on the ceramists liking and individual requirements. The ceramic surface is smoother than ever before, is kinder to your brushes than before and provides a white working surface for those who prefer it.


The lay:art natural trays are a beauty to behold…each piece uniquely crafted from semi-precious agate stone… collecting these can become a hobby! It gives the creative and truly artistic side of every ceramist the opportunity to mix colours and shades to their hearts content on a surface that is inspired by nature.


The lay:art crystal is your classic glass tray redefined and will appeal to the more classically practical among us to arrange their shade and stain materials in an efficient way on the segmented grey glass surface.


For those who prefer wells, the newly designed drop shaped wells of the lay:art color tray are a wonderful design feature. They are sharp edged at the back for wiping your brush and tapered at the front for the controlled pick-up of your stains.


lay:art brushes

The lay:art Style range of brushes offer ceramists an impressive choice in size, shape and therefore technique and personal style is beautifully catered for.


Deona Grobler-Murray with a lay:art brush


The sizes refer to the amount of porcelain and water used for different working stages. ‘Slim or Bold’ refers to the amount of moisture release –  slim releasing less moisture for more delicate build-ups and bold releasing more moisture for build-ups using larger portions. The Cone version is extra firm for shaping areas like the triangular ridges or mamelons. On micro build-ups on anterior IPS e.max Press restorations for example, I like using 4 Slim, 4 Cone, 2 and color (an intricate delicate tipped brush with many uses).


Renfert has researched the vast variety of individual requirements and we now have 10 extraordinarily high quality lay:art Style Kolinsky brushes to select from. These Kolinsky brush hairs have undergone a strict selection procedure, particularly gentle processing to ensure the outstanding properties of the brushes are achieved and maintained throughout manufacture and use – stability, resilience, durability and longevity. The brushes also contain about 20% more hair than usual but have tips that are finer. Brilliant.


This attention to detail in material selection, design and manufacture makes these brushes a level above others.


Thank you to Renfert for a range of products that reflect and support sophisticated working styles and foster the artistic work within our technically skilled profession!