One of my standard production items is an oval platter made with a rolled out slab on a plaster hump mold. I have made them for a lot of years but only this last year started making them with textured slabs like this.

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I have never gotten around to getting a proper slab roller. I still roll them out by hand with out any sort of gage to get the thickness consistent. I like that aspect of them.

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The mold is one I made years ago while still a student. I borrowed a wooden bowl and poured plaster into it to get this negative of the shape I want to make the piece. The slab is laid on the mold and the gross clay is trimmed away with a needle tool. After patting the clay a little I trim the clay to fit the mold and pat it a bit more. The clay sets up for a day or so and I remove it from the mold and round the rim with a rib tool.

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The roulette used here was made by winding a piece of cord around a cylinder of soft clay.

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This roulette was impressed with the thin edge of a wooden rib.

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This slab was textured with a wooden roller that has cord glued to its surface.

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Here I used a narrow wooden roller with fine cord glued to it.

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6 Responses to “Rolling”

  1. Linda Starr Says:

    Nice demo, thanks so much, love the surfaces. When you poured the plaster in the wood bowl, did it come out easily, did you use soft soap?

  2. Joe Says:

    I am not well versed in mold making. It was a long time ago that I made that one. I may have used some sort of grease for all I know. I did use something to keep the plaster from sticking to the wood.

  3. michael Says:

    Really nice textures. I’ve played around with drape molds but have never really liked my results. Maybe this will inspire me to get back into it. I’ve always enjoyed the production process, but haven’t been successful coming up with a design I liked. Thanks for the demo, Joe!

  4. Jeanne Says:

    Joe these are great. I love them.

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