Process - Slab Building

Slab-built ceramics refer to a process in which the artist assembles an artwork by hand, using flat slabs of clay. Artists form slabs by forcing a lumps of clay through a roller mechanism, flattening the clay to a consistent thickness. Slabs can be used to build sculpture or functional vessels, and often gives the artist more freedom to alter a form from the beginning of the process, rather than after a basic form is wheel thrown or coil built. The slab building video demonstrations show John and Jan Myers using a slab roller to create a fish-shaped plate.

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