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Slab Rollers

Sure, a rolling pin can do the job too, but if you are really serious about slab building, there’s nothing like a slab roller for making beautiful, consistent slabs. And with table top versions available they’re not just for large studios anymore. Learn more about these energy saving and (back saving!) tools for the pottery studio. And don't forget to download your free copy of the Slab Roller Techniques and Tips: A Guide to Selecting a Slab Roller and Making Slab Pottery . This handy studio reference includes valuable technical references and great clay tools to help you with forming, surface decoration and firing. Plus, it has a comprehensive directory of manufacturers and suppliers that provide ceramic equipment, raw materials, clay tools and ceramic supplies.


Keep Plastic Out of the Landfill and Make Fun, Freeform Slab Dishes

Posted On September 14, 2015 4 Comments
There is no shortage of plastic containers in our world and all too many of them wind up in the landfill. But you can do your part and repurpose them as molds in the studio!   In today’s post, an excerpt from our free download A Guide to Slab Rollers: Tips for Buying and Building… Read More »

How to Make a Platter Using a Slump Mold

Posted On July 1, 2015 9 Comments

Slab building is one of the most exciting ways to make work with clay. And if you prefer more instant gratification than you can get from a wheel, slab building is a great way to go. Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In today’s post, an excerpt from our latest free download A Guide to Slab Rollers Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects, Daryl Baird shares a simple platter project from a found slump mold. 


How to Use Tar Paper as a Support While Slab Building

Posted On February 4, 2015 6 Comments

In today’s post, Lisa explains her entire slab building process for her “Arrow Jars” from sketch to creating a functioning lid and flange.

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.

Dale Savoie explains how to make a homemade slab roller in today's video.

DIY Project: How to Make Your Very Own Slab Roller

Posted On September 10, 2010 82 Comments

Recently, Dale Savoie sent me this video that he created in which he explains how he designed and constructed his own slab roller. It’s pretty impressive, so I thought I would share it with you!

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.

Fig.4 The finished form standing upright.

How to Make Large Slab-Built Ceramic Forms Using Tarpaper Molds

Posted On August 30, 2010 14 Comments

Today’s post is a sampling of what’s inside our new free download Slab Roller Techniques and Tips: A Guide to Selecting a Slab Roller and Making Slab Pottery. In it, Marcia Selsor demonstrates how tarpaper can be used as a molding material for slab building.

Making slab plates is a great way to develop basic slab techniques, and using Chinet® plates for forms makes this an easy project. They also make perfect surfaces for exploring decorating techniques.

Great Idea for Teachers: A Simple Lesson Plan for Slab-Built Plates with Textured and Stenciled Decoration

Posted On June 16, 2010 26 Comments

Making a set of ceramic plates can be fun for the beginner, but is also easily adapted for the more-experienced student. This project presents a direct and fresh slab-forming approach resulting in plates that become great canvases for surface decoration. Materials are simple, inexpensive and readily available.

The Bailey DRD 30 Electric Dual Roller Drive with optional long or short table is Bailey's top of the line slab roller model.

Ready to Send Your Rolling Pin Back to the Kitchen? Five Questions to Ask When Considering A Slab Roller

Posted On April 27, 2009 1 Comment

Today, Daryl Baird gives some guidelines on determining if a slab roller is right for you, and explains some of the different options available.