Clay Pottery Slab Building : Adding a Base to Round Clay Vase

Clay Pottery Slab Building : Adding a Base to Round Clay Vase


Now we are ready to finish off our vase. If
you are like me and you like little details you might want to take your thumb and make
a nice little impression where you connected it. It is not necessary. You can also smooth
it out completely but I like that little detail. Another very important thing to do is you
want to roll this back and forth to stretch out the slab a little bit more. The reason
for this is that as the clay shrinks it is going to get closer to this form. You want
to be able to pull this form out and the only way to do that is if you give yourself a little
bit of extra space. So now you are going to take your circle, wet the exterior and score
it up. Do the same to the bottom of your vase. Set it right on top and then just press it right into it. Once
you have got that done you are going to let this part set up until it is about leather
hard and then you will pull your form out. Once you have done that you can finish up
the lip and that is what I will show you next.

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