Throwing bowls on the pottery wheel is not the only option if you are interested in making a set of bowls. You can make lovely bowls by handbuilding, and using templates is a great way to make them uniform.
In today’s post, an excerpt from his book From a Slab of Clay, Daryl Baird explains how to make templates and use them to create slab-built bowls. A great benefit of this is that if you make them with a sturdy material like card stock or laminated paper, you can use them over and over. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
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
- 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.
Get more great slab building ideas in Daryl Baird’s popular book From a Slab of Clay!
Be sure 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 to help you use your slab roller to it’s greatest potential!