Toys: New and Old.

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I went to Coleville last week with Lee and got three tons of clay and dry materials. I also picked up this used slab roller. Actually it had not been used but had been previously owned by a fellow who fancied the idea of being a potter and got a whole studio full of new gear and then never did much with it. The canvas sheets that are used to roll the clay are completely clean and new. It will ge tused a lot here.
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I have been making a few slab pots using an old baker’s rolling pin that Karma Distefano gave me thirty five years ago. I’ve had it in my head for a while to get a slab roller and make some new molds. With that order of dry materials is 200 lbs of potter’s plaster.
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A few of my past slab pieces.

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9 Responses to “Toys: New and Old.”

  1. Diane Bartlett Says:

    Hi Joe,
    Can you give me some tips on how you get your great rims on these slab pieces?

  2. Joe Says:

    Dianne,
    I thought I had an image somewhere in my blogs of the tool I use but I don’t. It is a wooden rib made by Kemper. It’s catalog number is RB1. Here is a link to the catalog page.
    http://www.kempertools.com/index.php?link=eCatalog&page=4
    I have several of these the oldest one going back to my first pottery classes in 1974. I use the indentation on the left side to round and smooth the rims and feet of many pots. Depending on how old and worn the tool is I get different effects. It is one of my oldest allies. I hope this helps. Perhaps I need to write a blog just about this friend.

  3. Diane Says:

    Thanks Joe!
    My rims are always flat and have much to be desired.

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  8. Dangee Says:

    What is the name of the slab roller? I just picked one like it but does not have a identification tag on it. It is really heavy duty.

  9. Dangee Says:

    What is the name of the company that makes that slab roller?

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