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Building with Clay Slabs

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There are many different techniques for building with clay. Learn how to build forms with slabs and discover the versatility and potential of this ancient technique.

Instructions:

How to sculpt using clay slabs

Step 1: Pinch off about two dozen small pieces of clay and submerge them in water. Set it aside and allow them to form a thick mud paste.

 

Step 2: Protect your work area with a piece of canvas or a drop cloth. Roll your remaining clay onto a flat surface to the desired thickness. In order to achieve an even thickness, place two ¼ thick flat balsa wood pieces on either side of your clay and roll over them.

 

Step 3: Press rubber stamps into the clay slab to make texture and patterns.

 

Step 4: Allow your clay slabs to dry until they are firm, yet still cool to the touch. The surface should still be somewhat malleable but firm.

 

Step 5: Using a ruler and a pottery tool or knife, cut your clay into the shapes that you would like to build with. Cut decorative holes as desired.

 

Step 6: Take a sharp knife or stylus and scratch the edges where you would like to join your slabs together. Apply the thick clay mud that you made like a glue and attach your shapes together.

 

Step 7: Smooth out the edges of your form with your fingers, a damp sponge or a modeling tool. Allow your form to dry slowly to prevent cracking by draping it loosely with a plastic bag until it is no longer cold to the touch.

You will need:

  • Air dry clay
  • Clay roller
  • Clay knife
  • Modeling tools
  • Rubber stamps
  • Raw canvas or drop cloth
  • Dried clay can be painted with acrylic paint or left as is
  • Store leftover clay in an airtight container or bag

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