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Ceramic slab building techniques

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The five steps in the slab building process.

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Ceramic slab building techniques

  1. 1. Ceramic hand-building techniques<br />By the absolutely amazing…<br />Ms. Hart<br />
  2. 2. Slab Construction<br />Slabs are basically flat pancakes attached to one another.<br />Slabs can be made by using;<br />A slab roller<br />A rolling pin<br />Your hands (think mud pies from back in the day.)<br />
  3. 3. 1. Squish it<br />Roll out your slab using a slab roller or rolling pin. <br />For smaller slabs you can use your hands!<br />Important!<br />Make your slab with a uniformed thickness.<br />The whole thing should be flat without high and low spots.<br />No, this is not my hairy hand!<br />
  4. 4. 1. Score and slip<br />Score with a needle or loop. Prepare your slip.<br />Important!<br />Always score both pieces that you are going to attach to one another.<br />My, what nice scores you have.<br />
  5. 5. 1. Snake it<br />Using a coil and a smooth tool create a reinforced edge. <br />Important!<br />Make sure to really press into the coil so there is not trapped air.<br />Remember…TRAPPED AIR IS THE ENEMY!<br />Look, he’s doing the snake.<br />
  6. 6. 1. Smooth it<br />Using a little slip and some nice tools (which include your fingers) smooth out the edges and clean up any snake bits that still may be around.<br />Important!<br />Don’t use to much slip or you will have saggy and unstable clay.<br />Remember…A finished pot is a happy pot.<br />Smooth as a baby’s bottom.<br />
  7. 7. 1. style<br />Now for the fun part, adding you own personal style to it.<br />Don’t have an idea…<br /><ul><li>Think about things that have happened to you in your life.
  8. 8. Remember pictures you’ve seen
  9. 9. Try and tell a story
  10. 10. Use your art to “speak” a message</li></ul>Oh girl, you pot is looking tight!<br />
  11. 11. Tight, pimp, rad, stellar, awesome pots!<br />
  12. 12. Tight, pimp, rad, stellar, awesome pots!<br />
  13. 13. Tight, pimp, rad, stellar, awesome pots!<br />
  14. 14. Step 1:<br /><ul><li>Squish it</li></ul>Step 2:<br /><ul><li>Score and slip it</li></ul>Step 3:<br /><ul><li>Snake it</li></ul>Step 4:<br /><ul><li>Smooth it</li></ul>Step 5:<br /><ul><li>Style it</li></ul>Bonus step…Step 6:<br /><ul><li>Sell it and become rich and famous!</li></ul>To recap!<br />What are the 5 “S” steps in making a slab constructed objects?<br />

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