A big thank you to Jan and Karen who demonstrated two different slab techniques for our guild members at April’s meeting. Watching our members build their work always encourages a lively meeting!
Karen Clark started off the evening with a demonstration of slab building she uses for her quintessential lanterns. Karen rolls out thin slabs onto textured mats and then cuts several pieces out. These pieces are assembled into a tall 4 sided lanterns with a slabbed top and press plate bottom. She then carves out holes and uses under glazes to finish them.
Jan Alexandre also demonstrated a slab technique using wet slabs and tar paper. The tar paper is cut into a pattern, or multiple pieces of a pattern. The soft, very wet, clay slab is laid on top and cut out of the same pattern. Jan then demonstrated the fascinating step of simply lifting the edges of the pattern that join and how the tar paper sticks to each side and supports the clay slab as well. Pieces can then be left to dry until after leather hard and removed from the paper. To take the technique further, Jan used fabric paint to draw a design onto the tar paper which was then transferred to the clay.