SLAB FOOTED BOWLS
clay, glazes & oxides
We are seeing my beginning clay students first experience at rolling out the perfect slab.
Not so easy without a slab rolling machine like they have at the big schools in the sky,
just a plain old baking rolling pin.
It's hard to get them perfectly even.
The kids have a tendency to get one area too thick and the other too thin.
There is a trick,
with pieces of wood on either side of the rolling pin that I haven't shown them yet,
because I want to teach them to use their eyes to check slab thickness.
I don't like teaching my beginners to take the easy way out.
A bit of struggle is a good thing,
Builds character LOL
Like in the good old days!!
So I don't usually let my kids copy characters
but this one was so well crafted by senior Tarun Desai,
that I didn't have the heart to tell him to start over.
This is more what I want the students to strive for,
there own designs like senior Casey Yoon & junior Gary Liu.
But it was junior Nathan Lam who really impressed me with his sculptural piece.
Note the subtle texture under the bowl area,
& the tiki men as feet?
Super cool piece Nathan!