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Whole Lotta Slab Trays

I’ve been cranking in the studio.  My end of November firing is looming and I’m working hard to get a bunch of pots made.  I’m splitting my kiln with my neighbor potter Michael Kline which is great because I don’t have time to fill it, but need a few more pots before the end of the year.

I’m making lots of slab trays.  They are lots of fun to make, and folks keep asking for them.  Here’s how I make em:


I roll out a slab with my slab roller.  Then I use my templates and cut out the bottom of the piece and the 4 sides.


I put the piece together wet.  I add a coil to the inside of the pot to make a nice smooth rounded serving area.  Then I let the piece dry to leather hard.


When it’s leather hard I take a sureform (a dry wall tool) and finish the outside.  I use a rubber rib to smooth it all out.  Then I add some feet.  Simple right?


My article for Ceramics Monthly comes out next month (in the December issue).  I’m psyched- can’t wait to see it in print.  This week is the last week for wet clay for me this year.  If there’s a pot you’re dying to have- give me a holler!

Thanks for reading.



Michael Kline (@Klineola)

looking great CM!!