Slab Building Workshop with Don Hall
June 14-16, 2019
Time: Friday, June 14 9:00am and ends Sunday 5:00pm
Lodging at the Art Ventures Retreat Center: $75 (2 night stay)
Meals: $90 (8 meals)
Workshop Fee: $200
Total Package: $365


Slab Building Workshop with Don Hall

  • this three day “hands on” workshop participants will learn to use a slab roller to make textured slabs. Using paper templets you will create textured, multi sided boxes, plates, vases and tea pots. Students will learn how to make and use slip to attach slabs with mitered corners. Each participant will create their own texture tools and templates. Time permitting construction of large coil built vases will also be demonstrated.





Friday June 14 - Sunday June 16


  • 9 a.m. Introductions. How texture tools work and construction of a cylinder seal and a stamp.
  • Demonstration how to use a slab roller and creating textured slabs. Demo how to make a press plate. Everyone makes a press plate.

Noon lunch 1 to 2 p.m. Slide show of Don’s ceramic objects.

  • p.m. to 3 p.m. Demo how to make slip and corner tools. Demo how to make a simple textured box using a paper stencil.

3 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. to 5.p.m. Everyone makes a paper stencils and a textured box.


Saturday 9 a.m. to noon Demo how to make a slab vase. Everyone makes a slab vase.

Noon lunch 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Slide show Potters for Peace

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Demo and making a more complex box with a foot and a handle.


  • 9 a.m. to noon Demo making multi sided stencils and boxes everyone makes a multi sided box or tea pot.

Noon lunch

1 p.m. to 5p.m. Finishing up projects and building a large coil cylinder if time permitting.


Don Hall: Artist Statement


    I have been trained and have worked professionally in both two dimensional and three dimensional art most of my adult life. I have been creating ceramic objects since I first began community college at the College of San Mateo, CA in 1966.  It was there that I was first introduced to ceramics by Vincent Rascone.     Clay has been an important part of my artistic evolution ever since and has provided many years of exciting challenges.


    I have taught Drawing, Design, Art Appreciation and Art History at Merced College, in Merced, CA, Delta College in Stockton, CA, and Modesto Junior College in Modesto, CA.   I also exhibit drawings and paintings as well as ceramics.  


     I am currently working on a series of self-portraits in both pastel and acrylic paint on canvas.  Two themes that I have used in my art work from time to time are the self-portrait and references to art history.   In this series I have combined both subjects.   The use of self-portraits has been a subject for artists throughout history, from the hand prints in the ancient caves of Europe drawn by early cave people, to the self-examinations that Rembrandt created throughout his life.   The obvious advantage of painting my own image is that no models are required and my image is always available when I need it.


    Over the years I have also experimented with many different styles of clay objects.   I have built figurative sculptural objects and I have made many different types of functional pottery as well.  I have experimented with different firing techniques and have built several different types of kilns.  I am currently using a kiln that I built that uses used vegetable oil as fuel.   


    My higher education began at the College of San Mateo where I received an Associate Degree in Art.    I also studied art at the California College of the Arts in Oakland.   I finished my studies in art at California State University Stanislaus in Turlock.   I was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, a print making certificate as well as a Masters of Art in 1990.


   My work has been shown in many galleries and exhibitions nation wide.  It also has been included in several books.  I have written articles on hand building for Pottery Making illustrated magazine and my articles have been published in several books.

Slab Building Workshop with Don Hall June 14-16, 2019

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