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4.05.2010

Margaret Bohls Slab Teapot Tutorial


Ceramic Arts Daily posted an awesome tutorial by Margaret Bohls today. I just got through with reading it and it is a gem. It's like a free (and very handy) workshop. I am so juiced to get back in the studio and try some of these techniques out. I use slabs often in my sculpture, as well as weird slab-coil combos, so these tips seem really appropriate as I start translating my hand-building skills into pottery usage. Anyone else a slab-builder? Do you roll by hand or do you use a giant roller?

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3 comments:

Jerry said...

I read this tutorial as well. It was one of my favorite CAD tutorials so far. I have been doing a lot of slab built cups lately, based on another CAD tutorial:

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-techniques/handbuilding-techniques/how-to-make-a-handbuilt-textured-ceramic-hors-doeuvres-tray-using-just-your-hands-a-lump-of-clay-a-spring-and-a-sponge/?floater=99

I wiggle wire cut small slabs (Porcelain for the People) and throw them out pretty thin, set them over a round tube to set up a bit and then form them into the walls of a cup. Then I add on a slab bottom (also thrown out, no texture). They are all to be woodfired, so I don't have any completed yet, but I think the texture is going to be fantastic in the wood kiln. I can't wait!

Jesse Lu said...

My studio mate works with textural slaps as well... I tend to carve texture in after I build but that's cause I'm not really into seams. Or I thought I wasn't until this tutorial and after seeing my studio mate's work. Seams can be so lovely it turns out. Ha! :)

I've never wood-fired... Is that how you fire most of the time?

Jerry said...

I woodfire when I get the chance. I do not have a any kiln of my own at the moment, so I work out of a pottery school nearby. I do woodfire workshops when I get the chance. I've got a lot of bisqued wear piling up, so hopefully the next one will be soon.

Wood firing is rather addictive. I love the way the pieces come out from the firings and it is usually a fun, communal experience with everyone else involved with the firing. Lots of laughs and good food. And a beer or two once the kiln is shut down.

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