Somnia De Mea: Slab Building

Ceramics slab Building


A pottery pitcher made using the slab building method. - Photo © 2009 Beth E PetersonUpdated .

with some very beautiful results. Other than these potters, though, slab pots were only very minor players in the handbuilding playing field of other ancient cultures across the globe.

Today, slab pots and slab-building techniques are experiencing a new popularity. Modern potters and ceramic sculptors have embraced the slab, creating works using both soft slabs and stiff leather-hard slabs.

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before being cut and joined with other stiffened slabs to create the form.

Stiff slab shapes can be merged with other leather-hard clay components, such as stiffened slump-molded slabs, thrown components, or pinched components. For example, a soft slab may be slumped into the opening of the stiff-slab pot as part of creating a lid for the pot. Another example is adding a foot to a stiff-slab pot by joining an open thrown ring to the pot's bottom.



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