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From Slab to Fab

May 30, 2021 - June 4, 2021

Jennifer Allen  ·  jenniferallenceramics.com

Workshop at a glance

Focus on transforming slab shapes into hand-built pottery and create individualized texture tools and templates to inspire surfaces and forms.


  • Transforming 2-D slab shapes into 3-D forms
  • Creating various texture tools
  • Adding detail to slab-built forms such as handles, knobs, and spouts


  • Basic clay tools: sponge, pin tool, wooden knife, metal rib, etc.
  • Slipping and scoring tools
  • Pencil, paper and scissors for template making


  • Creating clay pottery with slabs
  • How to adorn clay pottery
  • How to alter volume and tailor forms

Artist Bio

Jen Allen is a studio potter from Morgantown, West Virginia. She received a BFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Among other awards, she was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.
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Workshop Description

The focus of this hand-building workshop is to transform 2-D slab shapes into 3-D pottery forms by utilizing handmade templates and 3-D sketching practices. Students will begin by collecting and creating an arsenal of texture tools that you will use to dress up your clay slabs. Further investigation will involve inflating or darting slab-built pottery to alter volumes and tailor forms. Additive details such as handles, knobs, spouts and sprigs will also be addressed. Ultimately, the workshop will give participants the confidence needed to take risks and expand ideas of texture/pattern, shape, and form. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $600  ·  download the materials list

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