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This one is for the symmetrical slab lovers (myself included!)
Start with your entire block of clay. Using a rolling pin, roll out an XL slab and be sure to savor the scraps to be used in the next steps.
Using your needle tool, cut the same shape twice into your slab.
I used a plastic container to trace a half circle and a ruler to follow the sides.
Using the rest of your slab, cut strips the exact same width - I used 1.5 inch wide.
This will be the side walls to your vase.
These don't have to be the same length so long as they are the same width.
Lay your strips out beside your rainbow shape slab. Cut to size and score each edge the entire way around your vase.
Apply slip and begin to assemble your Vase. Gently press each strip onto the inside wall of your vase. Dampen your blending tool / fingers and blend your edges together as you go.
If you have a paint brush laying around - dip it into your slip and follow the inside edges. This will help you smooth out any excess scoring and fill in any little cracks or holes in your joins.
I recommend allowing your shape to semi dry before attaching the final wall. This will prevent your walls from drooping inward and become more supportive for the final slab.
This can take from 5-30 minutes depending on the temperature or climate of your workspace.
If you want to carve / decorate your shape - this is the perfect time to do so!
Once again, score and slip all around your edges - attach your final wall and spend some time nurturing your clay. Smooth out any lumps / bumps or cracks with a damp tool / sponge or finger.
Well done clay babe! This shape requires a little more patience and you've just mastered the art of slab building!
You can use this method to create slab vases of any kind!
You can print a shape off the internet to trace or draw your design onto paper.
Your slabs will need to semi-dry before you assemble your shape. This will prevent your walls caving in! Lay your slabs on a dry tea towel, this will help to absorb moisture.