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Hand Building Slab Technique
Making Tall Vase


Forming Clay Slab to a Tall Vase

To effectively work with the clay slab construction for this project (tall vase), roll 1/4" slab several hours in advance, place on a wooden board and cover with plastic to allow the clay to firm up a bit ("soft leather hard"). The hump molds shown in this tutorial are wheel thrown bisque. The bisque enables water absorption which will a) slab will not stick to it and b) will firm the clay for proper removal within minutes. To see how to make very large slab projects, visit here


Use template to cut slab to size
Smooth slab (Mud red rib)

Use hump round mold

Push down while turning see video

Slab shape when removed

Repeat process with smaller mold

Deeper round shape

Paddle to smooth edge

Use miter to cut side edges

Score mitered edge

Slip mitered edge

Roll over rolling pin for shape

Stand slab and attach

Blend seam

Blend seam inside as well

Apply coil for reinforcement

Blend coil in

Work the inside for correct size

Verify fit and correct

Final fit check

Slip and score

Attache and blend

Add coil and blend in

Smooth shape

Blend inside seam & adjust shape

Mark and cut opening

Add a rim (narrow slab)

Add texture


Making the bottom of the tall vase is not shown in this tutorial but the tutorial in this link will illustrate the bottom making/mounting principal.



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