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If you’ve been making slabs with a rolling pin, you know how much work it is to get even slabs every time. But, with a slab roller, you’ll find it so easy to create slabs that you’ll come up with more and more ideas on how to use them. If you think you’re ready for a slab roller (and who isn’t), check out Daryl Baird’s information on how to select one or even make your own. If you’re cramped for space or only need a slab roller for small projects, take a look at the portable models — there’s something here for everyone! And when you’re ready to start making, check out the three slab clay projects for inspiration!

 

Here’s an excerpt from Daryl Baird’s popular book From a Slab of Clay reprinted here in A Guide to Slab Rollers: Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects:

 

A template is useful when you want to make several items the same size and shape. The template for a dish looks something like a donut with a bite taken out of it, and the template for a pitcher is essentially the portion represented by the bite, albeit on a larger scale.

 

Bowl Project – Tools & Materials:

 

small 1×4 block of wood with one end cut at a 45° angle
pencil
needle tool
fettling knife
rolling pin
serrated rib
small sponge
marking pen
drafting compass
X-Acto knife and #11 blades
12×12-inch card stock, matt board, or equivalent.

 

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Slab Roller Techniques and Tips: A Guide to Selecting a Slab Roller
and Making Slab Pottery
also includes the following:


 

Choosing a Slab Roller

By Daryl Baird

 

If you’re planning to roll out more than the occasional slab, slab rollers can really help. Daryl Baird, author of The Extruder Book, guides you through a brief look at what you need to consider before you buy – certainly time well spent!

   
 

 

Four Portable Slab Rollers

By Bill Jones

 

If you have limited space or only occasionally need a slab roller, you may want to consider one of the small rollers available from the major slab roller manufacturers. These small slab rollers take up very little space and some even stow away or are portable.

 

   
   

How to Make Your Own Tabletop Slab Roller

By Daryl E. Baird

 

Daryl Baird wanted to build his own slab roller so he searched online and discovered George and Nancy Wettlaufer’s 1975 pottery manual that had plans in it. Using their plans as a starting point, Daryl upgraded the design to 21st century standards and materials. If you would like to build your own slab roller, here are the plans. Reprinted from From a Slab of Clay by Daryl Baird.

 

   
 

3 Slab Roller Projects

by Daryl E. Baird

 

Making pottery from slabs provides endless opportunities for creativity. Once you have a slab roller, you’ll have hours of fun making tiles, bowls, plates and platters. Daryl Baird shares three projects that will build your skills beginning with making simple tiles to creating a bowl using templates. Reprinted from From a Slab of Clay by Daryl Baird.

   

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3 Comments on "A Guide to Slab Rollers: Tips for Buying or Building a Slabroller, and Three Slab Pottery Projects"

  1. Mary Sullivan September 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm -
    Thanks for reminding me how many things I can make by handbuilding! Great project.
  2. margarita March 15, 2012 at 3:49 am -
    Thanks, everyday for showing us all this handy techniques to make our pieces easier and more interesting!!
  3. Jacqueline January 26, 2012 at 10:03 am -
    I like how sturdy the piece looks with the tarpeper, it looks like one could make a number of projects using this technique.

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