Published Mar 1, 2023
Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In this post, an excerpt from Daryl Baird's popular book From a Slab of Clay, Daryl shares a simple platter project from a found slump mold. - Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor
Traditionally, platters have been made by laying a large slab of clay into a large, shallow mold and trimming the edge in the same way the excess dough is trimmed from the crust of a pie. This demonstration presents an alternative approach—the slab is trimmed and its edge finished before it’s placed in the mold, and all of the decorating is done while the slab lays flat on the table.
Tools & Materials
Paint edge trimmer construction paper shallow plastic platter water-filled spray bottle small knife needle tool dry cleaning bag (see image 2) paint stir sticks (see image 4), ballast bag, popsicle stick with shaped end.