Pottery Video of the Week: Working With Slabs – A Ceramic Arts Daily Reader Shares Tips and Techniques for Slab Built Pottery
After working primarily on the wheel for years, I have been super excited about slab building lately. So I thought I would share a slab building video submitted by a Ceramic Arts Daily reader. In the video, Patricia Bridges of Bridges Pottery in Port Washington, New York, takes us through a couple of slab projects using textured and stenciled slabs. Not only are the projects simple and fun, but Patricia shares a couple of great tool ideas.
Kristin Doner produces pinch pots on a larger-than-usual scale. She used to begin her pinch pots with 2-3 pound balls of clay, but she wanted larger forms. So she increased the amount of clay and developed new forming strategies. After opening with a usual pinching method, she expands the pot by rhythmically paddling the outside. Today, in an excerpt from our newly expanded Five Great Handbuilding Techniques: Variations on Classic Techniques for Making Contemporary Handbuilt Pottery, Kristin explains this pinch and paddle technique.
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.
Today’s video comes to us from Ceramic Arts Daily reader Charan Sachar. I admire Charan’s ability to make handbuilt forms that are neat and tight. Not that all handbuilt forms have to be neat and tight – loose handbuilt forms are great too – but I definitely struggle with making my handbuilt forms appear well crafted and not sloppy (in my eyes). At any rate, this is an enjoyable video, and I definitely picked up a few tips to help improve my handbuilt pots. Hope you will too!
There are many ways to make goblets or chalices out of clay, but I especially loved the simplicity of a method that Mitch Lyons demonstrated at a recent Potters Council conference. I liked it so much that I got it on film and I am going to share it with you today! Mitch also demonstrates his method of inlaying colored clay decoration in the video.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and Paul Donnelly’s tea trays are a prime example of this. Today, Paul Donnelly explains how he makes his tea trays using a combination of wheel throwing, press molding and slab-building techniques.
There are many, many ways to put lines onto posts – carving, fluting, painting, drawing – but, I have to say, I had never seen anyone doing it quite like Jeff Campana. Jeff takes his well-thrown porcelain pots, chops them up into pieces, and then reassembles them. Then to top it all off, he uses glazes that pool in the seams. Today, Jeff shares his technique and how he arrived at such a labor intensive process in the first place.
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.
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.
If you’ve ever had problems with appendages cracking off of handbuilt sculptures, today’s video might just help you solve that problem. In it, Patz Fowle explains the process she developed to avoid these unfortunate occurrences. Watch the video!