My twelve year old son and I are spending one evening a week together at a local pottery studio, and having a wonderful time! There is no wheel, so we are forced to hone our slab building skills, which is actually a really great way to make a very wide variety of items, even for the novice potter (like me). If you are not familiar with slab building, it simply means constructing items from pieces one cuts from a slab, a piece of clay rolled out to the desired size and thickness. Of course there are some basic rules that one needs to know, and clay is clay and not say, leather or wood, so things don't always go as planned, but that is part of the learning process.
In addition to learning to work with slab building, the aspect of glazing the pieces after the initial firing is another art unto itself, and there are really many ways to go about glazing pottery. Of course I titled this post "painting and drawing on hand bulit slab pottery" so that is what I'm going to talk about, makes sense right?