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Slab Construction Project

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Darla Coppa

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Dr. Suess Slab House Project
What is a Slab
of clay?

A method of making
in which a thick, flat plate, or slice,
of clay is cut into shapes which are joined to form an

The joined edges are
is used to secure the joint.
When and
Where were the first clay slabs used?
Slab-building techniques were used extensively by
Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian potters
, with some very beautiful results.
Other ancient cultures across the globe did not use building nearly as
extensively as the Mesoamerican potters.

Handbuilt pottery of today using slabs
Hand building pottery using slabs of clay is an exciting way to create shapes that could never
be produced using a potter's wheel or that would be difficult to achieve even with coiling.
Slab pots are being produced by contemporary potters in
many styles and using a number of techniques.
Using Rolling Pins
Ceramics I
"middle America."
This is the region extending from central Mexico to the northen border of Costa Rica. Today it emcompasses Southen Mexico as well as
the countries of Guatemala,
Honduras, Belize,
El Salvador, and
parts of
Today, slab pots and slab-building techniques are
experiencing a new popularity. Modern potters and
ceramic sculptors have embraced the slab, creating
works using both
soft slabs
and stiff

Some common slab techniques are:

Potters using
Clay Slab Today
Hand Tossing
: slab can be formed by tossing the clay onto
a hard surface at an angle. The resulting slabs are not
uniform in thicknes and can give an organic deel to the piece.

Slab Rollers:
large pieces of equipment that enable potters
to roll large slabs to uniform thickness very rapidly.

Rolling Pin:
roll out the slab by hand using a rolling
pin and two even thickness sticks.
Using the slab roller
Julia Roxburgh
Barbara Chadwick
Kristy Lombard
Create A Clay House
in detail from all angles.
Include wall textures and designs, windows, roofing texture,
and any extras you would like to include in your house design.

Things to consider: What will be the shape of the front and back wall? What will be the
shape of the sidewalls? What does the
rooftop look like? TEXTURES,TEXTURES.TEXTURES...
How many windows and doors does your house have? Is the house in the city, the countryside or by the ocean? Is there a porch? a chimney? shutters?
Templates: From the sketches, you will draw the shape of the front wall and one of the side walls on a pieces of poster board or newspaper, to size, as if you were going to construct it out of paper. You will use
this as your template to cut your clay walls.

Houses should be no more than 8 inches tall or wide.
This project
will address:

Mesoamerican pottery has some great traditions. Not only did the
various Mesoamerican cultures make and use utilitarian vessels for
food storage
but they also made more ceremonial vessels,

funerary urns
, and
These items were a vital part of their
cultures trade for
Plate from El Mirador
Mayan Cylinder Bowl
Bird Deity Censer
Olmec Bottle
Mayan figure
Olmec Fish Vessel
Hand Tossing Method
Draw 5 sketches
Things to consider:
Ohio Visual Arts Standards:
3PR Students will explore multiple solutions to visual art problems through preparatory work. (Sketches and preliminary paper models)
4PR Students will establish an appropriate level of craftsmanship when
completing their artwork.
3RE Through reflection students will use appropriate
vocabulary to define and describe techniques
and materials used to create their artwork.
10 pts - Preliminary Sketches
10 pts - Poster Board Mock up
70 pts - Rubric
10 pts - Reflection

100 pts TOTAL
There’s no place like home. For centuries, the idea of home has been
a source of inspiration for numerous artists. The most basic definition for
“house” is that of a building in which people live. But, isn’t it more than that?
The landscaping around the structure can sometimes feel as much as home as
being inside it. Whether you live in an apartment in the city, or in a house in
the suburbs, a house by the beach or a farm in the countryside, your home can
be more than just a shelter. It can be a reflection of yourself, created from
your own imagination. The Chinese Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-25 AD) were
so connected to their houses that they created tomb offerings that were clay
models of their temples and houses, including animals and furnishings
that were in them. It was their way of taking a piece of their everyday
life with them into the afterlife.

Kristen Kieffer
Let's Begin
3PE Students will identify the relationship between cultural values and trend in visual art.
In this lesson, students will learn to create houses out of clay
and use the walls to illustrate the world in which their house exists.
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