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Published Jul 1, 2015


Slab building is one of the most exciting ways to make work with clay. And if you prefer more instant gratification than you can get from a wheel, slab building is a great way to go.

Finding slump and hump molds in interesting shapes at thrift shops and dollar stores is a great way to build with slabs. In today's post, an excerpt reprinted 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

Step 1. Roll out a slab of clay on construction paper just under ½ inch thick. Spray water on the surface and smooth it.

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 (2) paint stir sticks (4)