Slabfest

Sorry to everyone for the lack of posting lately, particularly pictures of results from the last firing. I’ve been taking photos, but keep having to scrap them because the color is all over the place. When I did the remodel of the workshop it totally screwed up the ambient light on the 2nd floor. That, combined with me moving my photo setup downstairs, and my white balance is completely out of whack. So, I will post finished work when I get that all sorted out. It’s looking like I’ll have to move the photo setup back upstairs and go back to dedicated lighting of one type only (at this point all you photographers are thinking “no shit, Sherlock”, no doubt.)

Anyway… back to the slabfest thing. After finishing a lot of pots for a wedding order, I started thinking about slabs, and the fact that I finally figured out how to make them without having them all crack during either drying and/or firing. So this next firing will include thicker and larger slab plates,  and also one experimental interlocking slab wall hanging that will be about 5 ft. tall.

Lately, all my slabs are made by slapping a piece of clay out on the floor until it is the desired thickness. After that, I get them onto a board and paddle the bejeezus out of them. Lastly, the edges get compressed with a damp chamois. On one of my dog walks a couple of years ago, I found an old rusty sickle which I hammered into a curve and now use to facet and flute different pieces. It also works great on these slabs.

smaller slabs all finished and now drying
smaller slabs all finished and now drying

 

edge detail. gouged with a piece of rough pine and smoothed over with a chamois and hands.
edge detail. gouged with a piece of rough pine and smoothed over with a chamois and hands.

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surface carved to look like tortoiseshell bamboo.
surface carved to look like tortoiseshell bamboo.
simple fluting
simple fluting

These three do not have raised edges, since they are meant to be a wall hanging.

one of three interlocking slabs.
one of three interlocking slabs.
they will be held together with wooden butterfly keys
they will be held together with wooden butterfly keys
all three will have iron underglaze brush decoration with traditional motifs.
all three will have iron underglaze brush decoration with traditional motifs.
36cm square slab, same size as the others above. This one will be for food, so the edges are raised, and smoothed.
36cm square slab, same size as the others above. This one will be for food, so the edges are raised, and smoothed.
detail of rim and fluted surface
detail of rim and fluted surface
tabula rasa. I haven't decided what to do with this yet. It is double the size of the others, 10kg of clay.
tabula rasa. I haven’t decided what to do with this yet. It is double the size of the others, 10kg of clay.