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Eddie Curtis uses contrasting copper effects for black rim and red reduction glaze over his textured jar. Ht: 30 cm (12 in.). Photo courtesy of the artist.

A Good Stretch: Creating Interesting Surface and Form with Stretched Slabs

Posted On November 17, 2010 18 Comments

There are so many cool things you can do with slabs, and since they have been on the brain lately, today I thought I would do an excerpt from Jim Robison and Ian Marsh’s book Slab Techniques. In this excerpt, they explain a couple of different ways slabs can be used to create interesting forms with interesting stretched texture.

Ian Marsh’s dropped dish has taken the shape of the wooden frame. Dia: approx. 30 cm (11 3/4in.) square. Photos: Ian Marsh.

Tips for Using Soft Slabs to Make Pottery

Posted On September 1, 2010 43 Comments

In today’s post, we’ll concentrate on working with soft slabs in particular. If you’ve ever used soft slabs, you know that they are extra susceptible to finger marks, distortion and collapse. This posts contains tips to help avoid those problems and a project that takes advantage of soft slab malleability to make some really cool dishes.