How to Make a Berry Bowl with Clay Slabs and Few Tools

In addition to loving Birdie Boone’s pots, I am super impressed by her slab building techniques. So today I am going to share one of my favorites from her video, Simple Elegance: Slab Building & Glaze Color Exploration (which is ON SALE this weekend!).

In this excerpt, Birdie shares how she uses a simple tool to make the holes in her berry bowls. Birdie places templates premarked with the layout of the holes on top of the clay slabs. Then she quickly pokes through the templates with a needle tool to mark the slab. This allows her to make short work of the hole-making process. Super smart, Birdie! – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.

This clip was excerpted from Simple Elegance: Slab Building & Glaze Color Exploration, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Shop!

To learn more about Birdie Boone or to see more images of her work, please visit

**First published in 2016


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