The last month of the postbac was dedicated to exploration and my professor was adamant about hand building my forms to match my aesthetic. During that month I gave it a go but hated the outcome. I think It was because I was working in white clay and only tried a half a dozen forms. BUT now that I'm working my way through all of my left over clay so I can get to what I REALLY want, I tried slabs again. And I kinda love it.
Something about working in a richer, warmer, darker clay body has me swooning over these wabi sabi playful pots. I tried slabs for a few reasons besides the looks. I don't currently own a wheel, the studio doesn't have heating (and who knows how long I'll have access to it....just saying), nor a sink, and sometimes I don't really like throwing *gasp*.
But with hand building everything, I'm not dependent on a wheel or a location that can tolerate it. I can make where ever I can take my rolling pin! Also, I really reeeaally missed hand building. That's how I made all of my sculptures! So, here's to slabs :D
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