5 Expert Tips for Working with Soft Slabs

This clip was excerpted from Flat to Functional with Lisa Naples, which is one of the MANY videos available in CLAYflicks, the only video streaming service specifically for clay artists!

 

naplesjoints_620Lisa Naples is a consummate teacher with a gift for explaining how her hands manipulate the clay.

In today’s clip, an excerpt from her video Flat to Functional: Handbuilding and Slip Decorating, I’ve gathered five particularly good little nuggets from the video to help make handbuilding with soft slabs more easy and enjoyable!  – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



rabbitjar_OUTTo learn more about Lisa Naples or to see more images of her work, please visit www.lisanaples.com.

For more soft slab building tips, check out this article in the archives!

Comments
  • Peter A D.

    Lisa, Great video! I like the slightly overlapped cylinder wall connection. Will send this video to my students. Peter

  • Jann L.

    Potter folks, Lisa Naples is a superb teacher. She’ll make you fall in love with clay again. You will love this DVD and if you can make one of her workshops, do so! Great Job, Lisa!!!!!

  • Sherry M.

    Great instructional video. Loved how you demonstrated the different techniques separate from building the pot, so that we can see what’s actually going on. Thanks!

  • rogerio d.

    Hi Lisa, really great technic, but most of all great explanation. I must say that as a non english native speaker I understood all you said with great pleasure, nothing was too much, patronizing or boring.
    Thanks

  • Mary H.

    This was SO helpful! Thank you for sharing. I love how the base slab you attached slumped slightly – and the beautiful glaze decoration shown underneath in the finished photos. Gorgeous!

  • Barbara M.

    Lisa, You have a great teaching style. Just as questions were forming in my head, you were already answering them accompanied by very helpful “out of the pot” demonstrations. I generally wheel throw, but you’ve inspired me to try some hand building. Thanks. Barbara

  • Lisa N.

    Hi Everyone and thanks so much for your lovely comments. Really just fills me up to read them and feel the connection to you all.

  • Peter S.

    Lisa; after decades of doing pottery I seldom see anything new, but your style and technique is a welcome experience. I especially respond to use of slip and score for every occassion. When slip/score is needed I use slip made from bond dry clay, a little paper fiber and vinegar. It dries more slowly.
    Thanks for an interesting and informative video.

  • Peter S.

    Lisa; after decades of doing pottery I seldom see anything new, but your style and technique is a welcome experience. I especially respond to use of slip and score for every occassion. When slip/score is needed I use slip made from bone dry clay, a little paper fiber and vinegar. It dries more slowly.
    Thanks for an interesting and informative video.

  • Christiane W.

    Absolutely brilliant, thank you very much for sharing this! Christiane (Australia)

  • Lisa N.

    For anyone interested, I posted all the recipes I use (clay, glaze and slip) to my website today: http://www.lisanaples.com/ceramics/category/recipes/ Just click on the ‘read more’ buttons to see them displayed vertically. And subscribe to the e-news on the home page if you want to be kept up to date on any changes to recipes or news from my studio in general.

  • Gillian W.

    May I ask what clay you use? And if you use both earthenware and stoneware, which in each category please?

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