High School Arts Content Standards 2.0 Creative Expression 2.1 Create original works of art of increasing complexity and skill that reflect their feelings and points of view. 4.0 Aesthetic Valuing 4.4 Articulate the process and rational for refining and reworking one of their own works of art.
Soft Slab verses Stiff Slab Use a soft slab of clay when you want the clay to ease into a shape. Rounded shapes are built with soft slabs. Curves are created while clay is soft. Round and curved shapes are called “organic shapes”.
Soft Slab verses Stiff Slab Use a stiff slab of clay when you want the clay hold a shape while it is being attached to another shape. Angular shapes are built with stiff slabs. Boxes and objects with flat sides are created with stiff slabs. Rectangular and multi-sided shapes are called “geometric shapes”.
Stiff Slab verses Soft Slab The stiff-slab method is more appropriate for architectural and geometric forms. The slab is rolled then allowed to slowly dry to leather-hard stage before being and joined with other stiffened slabs to create the form.
Stiff Slab Ideas You might want to build a tray, a box, or a candle holder. Think of things that might be build with wood. Plan a project based on ridged sides.
Chris Theiss. ‘On the Bridge.’ Slab and coil work with sgraffito. 1989
Stiff Slab Choice Requirements The project must take advantage of the properties of a stiff slab (geometric shapes that will be attached to one another to build a bigger shape). The project needs to be planned: student will make a paper pattern (maquette) to insure the design will work and to cut the pieces from the clay. The project must be three dimensional (not a tile or flat wall hanging). It should be no larger than 6 inches by 4 inches on any side (in greenware).