Slab Rollers allow for quick and efficient production of clay slabs used in handbuilding and sculpting, and as additions to wheel-thrown forms. Clay slab rollers are essentially industrial-sized rolling pins - however, the benefits of using a slab roller over are a rolling pin are numerous. One of the main reasons that artists use clay slab rollers is for the even, consistent slabs they can create very quickly. These slabs are ideal for making tiles, using with slump and hump molds, and for creating other handbuilt ceramic wares. Slab rollers can also roll out very large amounts of clay, which would otherwise be tedious or impossible with an handheld rolling pin. Additionally, clay slab rollers are designed such that back pain or strain, which often accompanies rolling slabs by hand, can be avoided.
Slab rollers are available in large, stand-alone floor models and in tabletop versions. Large-scale slab rollers are ideal for university classrooms and studios, where studios may be a bit more spacious. At The Ceramic Shop, we carry beautiful floor models by top-selling brands, including Amaco/Brent and Shimpo. These clay slab rollers can produce slabs of varying thicknesses, as the slab size is adjustable on all models. Additionally, large floor model slab rollers have easy to control and manage rollers, which makes creating slabs fast and almost effortless!
Tabletop slab rollers are less expensive alternatives to the larger models. Their size and portability make them especially useful in small, private studios and in elementary school classrooms. They are easy to use and, like the larger models, have the ability to produce slabs of varying sizes. Please visit our slab roller department to read more about our Shimpo, Amaco/Brent and Blue Heron mini slab rollers.
If you would like some help finding the ideal slab roller for your studio space, we’re happy to help! Give us a call at 215-427-9665 and we’ll have you rolling slabs in no time.