Presentation on theme: "SLAB CONSTRUCTION. A SLAB is clay that has been flattened and compressed to be a ‘sheet’ or ‘pancake’. This can be used to construct functional and non."— Presentation transcript:
A SLAB is clay that has been flattened and compressed to be a ‘sheet’ or ‘pancake’. This can be used to construct functional and non functional ceramic works. Slab Construction is a popular hand-building technique because it is possible to create very unique work. SLABS
FLATTEN THE CLAY OUT MANUALLY
MAKE THE SLAB BY THROWING, ROLLING PIN, OR SLAB ROLLER
Methods: Throwing a slab: Gently throw clay onto surface lined with newspaper. Throwing should be at an angle to stretch out clay, not straight down. Turn slab over with each throw. Rolling pin: Roll out clay on surface lined with newspaper. The goal is to thin the slab gradually. Turn with every roll. Slab roller: Place the clay between two pieces of fabric. Clay should never touch the rollers. Roll the clay through a high setting, lowering by ½ cm each time through. Transfer clay to newspaper to work with at table. MAKING THE SLAB
CAREFULLY CUT OUT ALL SIDES OF WORK. SLABS CAN ONLY BE ASSEMBLED IF THE CLAY IS THE SAME CONSISTENCY.
SCORE AND SLIP ALL SURFACES THAT WILL BE ATTACHED. NOTE: BECAUSE THE CLAY SLAB IS THICKER THAN YOUR PAPER TEMPLATE, BE PREPARED TO TRIM SOME SLABS AS NEEDED.
USE A THIN COIL TO SEAL SLABS AND JOIN WELL. USE A TOOL TO SMOOTH JOINT.
FINISH ALL SURFACES
When rolling your slab, think about adding texture such as organic material, fabric, strings, etc. Soft slabs are better for curves, rigid slabs are better for creating flat surfaces. Handles and small sculpted elements will make your work more interesting. ALL SLAB WORK SHOULD BE DRIED SLOWLY…. MORE ON SLABS
Class map Clay process notes Coil notes and drawings Glaze notes Glaze quiz Pinch/Coil Self Reflection Elements and Principles notes Slab construction notes Slab design drawings JOURNAL CHECK ON THURSDAY
You must have a detailed drawing in your journal and a 3d paper model of your slab construction project. Ask yourself: Is this interesting? Are the measurements accurate? What will this be used for? Will it accomplish that purpose? Can it have the same function with more aesthetic interest? SLAB CONSTRUCTION PLANNING