[Clayart] slab roller for sale/workshop

Terry Lazaroff terrylazaroff at gmail.com
Sun Jan 23 00:50:43 UTC 2022

Hi Vince;  
Did you happen to notice if the worker scored the cylinder?

This process sounds Iike the method the Chinese use to make roof tiles. When they make the roof tiles, they slice a slab from a prepared mound of clay.  The mound’s width is close to the height of the form. The clay slab is wrapped around cloth covered form.  This form is made to allow it to collapse,  and to be removed from inside the cylinder, once the clay is set.   He scores the cylinder before setting it outside to dry.  The dried cylinders are once fired and they are broken around the scored lines.  These are the tiles.


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> On Jan 22, 2022, at 7:03 PM, vpitelka at dtccom.net wrote:
> I have a DVD shot by a former student when she was attending West Virginia University and went on their summer trip to China.  One section of the video shows a burly, barrel-chested Chinese man in a factory workshop hammering out a slab with one of those classic, heavy, flat sided slab mallets.  He was enjoying the attention as he flipped the slab over and hammered the other side, reducing the slab to a uniform thickness overall, probably a half inch.  When the slab was ready, he trimmed the edges and then wrapped it around a form on a large board, joined the ends, and removed the form.  He carried the resulting cylinder outside, and placed it in the sun among dozens of identical cylinders.  They were sections of sewer pipe. 
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Potter, Writer, Teacher
> Chapel Hill, NC
> vpitelka at dtccom.net
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> Reminds me of the story that old-style terracotta roof tiles (the half tubes seen all over the Mediterranean), were just formed over the thigh.
> Sadly, unlike the Cuban cigars said to be rolled on the thighs of nubile young women, these were probably burly chain-smoking hairy-legged men.
> (Although I can see that appealing to some members of the list).
> I do wonder however if some poor tiler had the devil of a time when half the tiles were made by some 6 foot nordic import, and the other half were made by the archetypal tiny old Italian guy.
>> On Sat, 22 Jan 2022 at 05:20, mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com> wrote:
>> It includes, a 36 inch square piece of canvas, used.
>> two 1/4 inch sticks 36 inches long.
>> 1 very large rolling pin, used in a bakery.
>> It all rolls up and fits behind your wheel until needed.
>> It can be used left to right, right to left, top to bottom and bottom 
>> to top  or, rolled at any angle. Add newspaper and it can be flipped 
>> over easily.
>> One can add sawdust or silica sand to the canvas and make a lovely 
>> pattern. Ms.Rhudy adds string and stuff to make a rich surface.  Nice
>> We are planning an international workshop here at the farm soon.
>> "The rolling pin, a forgotten skill".
>> We are looking for the 97 year old lady named "Sally" who taught us to 
>> "sling clay at an angle on a concrete floor".  Paper thin.
>> We will also do a side lesson in "elbow pots".  Take a ball of clay in 
>> your hand and slam it into your opposite bare elbow. Great for soy 
>> sauce.
>> You can make 100 of them in 45 minutes.
>> meltheslab
>> On sale.  $485.18
>> Shipping.  $14.67
>> (includes an instruction sheet with one photo.) The workshop is 
>> estimated to cost $2085.
>> website: www.melpots.com
>> www.melpots.com/CLAYART.HTML
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