Creating Unexpected Forms with Slabs

August 1 - August 5



Creating Unexpected Forms with Slabs

Creating Unexpected Forms with Slabs

This course will explore a variety of slab building techniques that Sandy uses to create her hollow forms. There will be a focus on taking ideas from two dimensions to three dimensions and using paper templates as a guide. Sandy will share how she creates her templates and how they evolve as she uses them and learns from them. The slab is such an incredible foundation for exploring curves and rounded shapes that when combined and attached together create surprising results. The use of slump and hump molds to shape slabs and add volume is an integral part of the building process. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own simple molds and examine how to use existing objects in the studio and home as foundation for shaping their slabs.

Sandy will demonstrate how she at times leaves her paper templates behind and works intuitively to solve building challenges and follows the clay as it informs her process. She will also discuss and demonstrate how the building process changes as the objects being sculpted change in scale and the solutions she has found for working with midsize and larger work. This class will be a balance between demonstrations and participation as the techniques presented are put into practice as participants explore their own creative ideas.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Prerequisites: Have a basic understanding of handbuilding and working with clay
  • Course Level: Intermediate

Price: $765

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Sandy works with slabs to create both functional and sculptural work out of her studio in Nanaimo. She uses clay like a seamstress uses fabric, cutting patterns with curves and darts to change the shapes and forms. Her pottery elevates the routines of the everyday with simplified and elegant lines. She is a two time first prize recipient of the Salt Spring Island Ceramics Awards and has exhibited across Canada in a number of group shows and exhibitions...

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