Slabbing

Slabbing is ceramic technique where clay is rolled or pressed into flat strips, cut to the desired size and shape, and assembled. 

Functional Skills Assignment: Create a vessel with a lid

Sculptural Assignment: Create an industrial and/or architecturally influenced lantern

Research Suggestions: Architecture and/or Industry, contemporary, ancient, fanciful

Written Component: Explain how your design choices influence the lanterns interaction with the environment and influence the viewer.

CREATING A SLAB BOX

1) Wedge clay and roll out a 1/4 inch thick slab

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2) Measure, mark, and cut out the bottom, sides, and ends.
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3) Remove excess clay.
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4) Wrap slabs in DRY paper towels and seal them in a bag over night. The next day they should just be turning leather hard.

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5) Score a piece where it will contact other pieces.

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6) Score other pieces where they will contact and slip both pieces. Press firmly, so that slip begins to come out of the joint. Clean up excess slip.

Continue around the box until all of the pieces are securely joined to one another.

Place a bag over the top and allow to dry slowly, so that the seems do not crack.