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					Name:__________________________                                                                   Miss Yeager
                                                                                                   Ceramics 1


         Slab Boxes with Texture
Texture: one of the Elements of Art. The surface quality of an
object feels like or looks like it feels; can be actual or implied.

      Actual texture is what you can feel.
      Implied texture is what you see, without feeling an object.

Surface Decoration:

      Appliqué: the addition of clay designs to the surface of the
       form
      Impress: press a textured object into the clay surface
      Incise: to cut into the clay surface, but not through it (with
       the sgraffito tool, loop tool, or needle tool)
      Pierce: to cut a design through the clay wall (like your
       pumpkin luminaries)

Your Design:

       You will be creating a box with a locking lid. Your box can take on a variety of shapes, but
don’t get too crazy. Think about what you may want to keep in the box. That could help determine
the design and shape you choose. (A box for holding CDs needs to be 6” wide and 6” all. The length
may vary, depending on how many CDs you want to store. A jewelry box could allow for 2 wavy
walls). Wall sizes may vary, but may not be larger than 6” in any direction. Experiment with paper
boxes to check proportions and shapes.

        You will be decorating your boxes with texture. This texture can be overall or in a limited area.
The texture also needs to be dimensional with parts raised up and parts carved in. Use a
combination of the above surface decoration techniques to achieve this. You could carve a theme on
all sides of your box like relief tiles that tell a story. A general guide for developing designs for objects
is to focus on the form of the object and what it will be used for. If you have an angular object, your
design should have angular elements that relate to the form. If your object has a specific function,
consider developing a theme that relates to the function.

       On drawing paper (found in the drawing paper labeled drawer), begin brainstorming ideas for
designs. You will need to decorate all four sides, as well as the lid. When you finalize your designs,
draw them on the back of you self-critique rubric and get them signed by me before working in clay.
Name:__________________________                                                             Miss Yeager
                                                                                             Ceramics 1

                                           Options for Texture:

                                            ~Rolled into the slabs
                                            ~Stamped into the slabs
                                            ~Stamped into thin slabs and applied after construction
                                            ~Carved and sculpted with various tools



Procedure:

   1. After you have drawn your designs, use a ruler and cut out oak tag patterns all sides of your
       box (You may tape them together to get a general idea of what your box will look like,
       however, you will want to take them apart to use them to trace on your slabs of clay)
   2. Roll out a large slab on the fabric covered boards, using the red-tipped guide sticks. Flip the
       slab over several times, checking for air bubbles and evenness.
   3. ***If you are applying an overall impressed texture, do so now, before cutting your pieces out
       in the correct sizes. The clay will stretch when you press into it.
   4. Trace the four sides out on the clay and cut them out.
   5. Remove the extra clay from around the shapes needed and use as for the reinforcing coils or
       squish back and put back in the clay bins.
   6. Place your cut slabs onto your plastic covered board.
   7. Air-dry the patterned pieces, flipping them over occasionally to allow them to dry evenly. Do
       not pick them up or bend them often, because this will cause the slabs to warp.
   8. Score and slip the four walls together.
   9. Add additional clay to the inside seams of the box to insure a strong bond.
   10. Cover the box with plastic.
   11. Roll out a small slab on the fabric-covered board, using the guide sticks.
   12. Place your four attached walls on the new slab and trace around the bottom with a pencil.
   13. Remove the box from the slab.
   14. Cut out the base following the traced lines.
   15. Dry the base towards leather soft.
   16. Attach the walls to the base.
   17. Repeat steps 9-14, to create the top as well. The box should be sealed closed!
   18. Use a metal or wooden rib (scraper) to make all corners of the box square.
   19. Add your textures, if you have not done so already.
   20. Using a needle tool, trace out where you want to cut the lid. Make sure the line you cut
       compliments the texture you just created. Use a straight edge for straight lines. Remember,
       your box must have some sort of “locking element” so be sure to take that into consideration
       when you design your cut line.
   21. Cut off the lid using a fettling knife, x-acto knife, or utility knife.
   22. Remove the lid and seal the seams on the inside with small coils.
   23. Clean up the surfaces on the lid and the box you just cut.
   24. Sweat the details!!! The inside counts too!
Name:__________________________                        Miss Yeager
                                                        Ceramics 1


                                  Final Box Design
Dimensions: _____x_____x_____


Top                                            Front




Sides                                          Back
Name:__________________________                                                                          Miss Yeager
                                                                                                          Ceramics 1


                   Slab Box with Texture Self-Evaluation
           4 = advanced        3 = proficient   2 = basic   1= needs improvement       0 = nonexistent


Fulfills Assignment:
       _____ 1. A box was created with walls no larger than 6” in any directions with decorative surfaces on
              all four sides and lid.
       _____ 2. You discussed your idea with me and had it approved prior to construction.
       _____ 3. Your finished product looks exactly like your original sketch/design.

Elements & Principles of Design:
       _____ 4. The pattern of the surface decoration was well thought out, and compliments the overall form
              of the pot.
       _____ 5. The decorative texture/s follows a common theme and creates a unified design.

Originality/Creativity:
       _____ 6. Your textures were created on each of the surfaces in a creative, consistent, sophisticated
              manner using any of the suggested techniques.
       _____ 7. Your lid fits perfectly with a locking element to hold it in place that is both daring and unique.

Craftsmanship/Technique:
       _____ 8. Slabs were rolled out and allowed to dry somewhat before attaching, creating straight, flat
              surfaces.
       _____ 9. Inside seams are reinforced with clay coils welding them until undetectable.
       _____ 10. Wall thickness is a consistent 3/8” throughout.
       _____ 11. Corners of the box were smoothed with a rib so they have nice clean/crisp edges.
       _____ 12. All surfaces are free of “crumbs” or unintentional dents and scratches (This includes what
              you can see on the inside as well!)
       _____ 13. Project is free of cracks.
       _____ 14. Glaze was applied neatly and consistently, leaving a streak-free surface.

Effort:
       _____ 15. This design challenged your personal ability level by making good use of class time and
              planning out every step, intentionally, to create your final product.




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