Ceramic Pocket Vase Using Slab Construction

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How to make a ceramic pocket vase using slab construction. How to use slip & score attachment in ceramics. How to add design and decoration to the surface of ceramics.

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Ceramic Pocket Vase Using Slab Construction

  1. 1. Ceramic Construction:Pocket VaseA pocket vase is designed to hang on a wall rather than to sit on a table.<br />
  2. 2. First you will create a paper pattern. <br />Fold your paper in half. <br />Draw half of the design. <br />Your design needs handles or a “lip” so it can hang on a wall when it is done.<br />
  3. 3. Cut out your design.<br />
  4. 4. Place a flattish piece of clay on a piece of cloth.<br /> Put one stick on the near left side of the clay.<br />Put the other stick on the near right side of the clay. <br />
  5. 5. Place a second cloth on top of the clay and sticks. <br />The clay is sandwiched between two pieces of cloth. <br />A roller will roll over the top of the cloth-covered clay.. <br />The roller will be perpendicular to the sticks.<br />The roller will not be parallel to the sticks.<br />
  6. 6. This will create a uniformly flat piece of clay called a slab.<br />
  7. 7. Do this twice because you will need two slabs that are the size of your paper pattern.<br />
  8. 8. This shows the outlines of the sticks and the clay.<br /> You can see that the roller rolls up and down the sticks.<br /> The sticks stop the roller from making the clay too thin. <br />The cloth keeps the clay form sticking on the roller.<br />
  9. 9. Place your paper pattern on one slab.<br />Cut it out using a paper clip.<br />
  10. 10. You can make holes to hang your pocket vase with a straw.<br />
  11. 11. Put your name and your class period on each of your main pieces.<br /> Write it in a place that doesn’t “ruin” your slab.<br />The edges or the back are good places for this.<br />Never put your work away for a day<br /> without writing your name and class period with a pen.<br />
  12. 12. Here are the two pieces I cut from my slab using a paper clip.<br />
  13. 13. I’m going to join the two vase pieces together, but I need something to hold up the space inside my vase before I join them. I made a “hole-shaped” piece of crumpled newspaper to do this. It will hold up my top clay piece and keep it form closing up.<br />
  14. 14. Whenever I join two pieces of clay, I first need to “slip and score” the two pieces.<br />
  15. 15. Gently coax the two pieces together. <br />Don’t let the space inside the vase close up.<br />
  16. 16. You will blend these two pieces together. <br />Use a smooth tool to blend the two pieces. Don’t pinch the clay together …pinching makes the clay thin and weak.<br />Use a small coil of clay to help make the attachment strong and fill in holes.<br />
  17. 17. Keep blending. Use a smooth tool. Don’t pinch. Do use extra clay to fill holes.<br />
  18. 18. Blending involves pulling two clay bodies together…mixing them.<br />Don’t pinch the clay. Pinching makes the clay weak.<br />
  19. 19. After they are blended, you won’t be able to see where they joined.<br />You can use a tool to puff up the inside and make the top of your vase nice and round.<br />
  20. 20. Add designs and decorations. <br />I am attaching a coil to the top of this vase. <br />It will help my vase look more graceful.<br />
  21. 21. Good blending will make the attachment look invisible.<br />
  22. 22. There are many ways you can add decoration. <br />This wire loop tool is great for drawing lines on the surface.<br />
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  24. 24. Cloth, stamps, combs, found-objects…<br />There is no limit to the ways you can add design and decoration to your vase.<br />
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  26. 26. Never forget to write your name and class period on your sculpture.<br />Use a pen.<br />Put it someplace “unobtrusive.”<br />

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