I have a slab roller, though we only use it a few times a year. I keep
my clay underneath it in boxes. When I am not using my slab roller, it
works as a place to lay out things that can't hurt it...boxe of supplies
for kid use, paper stuff, etc. When I want to use my slab roller, it is
THERE, and there is no comparison to it when it comes to rolling
slabs...so easy. Mine was given to me as a gift 25 years ago... It's
a Robert Brent, and I would buy another Brent today if I needed one.
VERY little maintenance over the years, and it rolls perfect slabs every
time. I use manila paper as a base to roll out my slabs on. It's tough
enough not to tear, and I pick up the slab on the paper to move it. I
flip the paper over and the slab slowly drops off onto the table where I
want to put it to cut out work from it. If I am rolling a LOT of slabs
in advance of a class arrival, I lay them out on plastic bags large
enough to cover them and keep them soft. I put a layer of plastic
between each slab. Get the wrinkles out of the plastic bag and press it
neatly to each slab before you add another slab, though, or you will
have wrinkled slabs. I cut the bags in half with scissors so I am only
working with single layers of plastic. Rolling them on on paper in the
slab roller is nice because it gives you a way to lift the slab, it
makes the texture of one side smooth automatically, and it keeps the
canvas from getting too wet if you are rolling a lot of slabs out.
Sometimes you have to let the canvas dry out a bit before you can roll
more if you are working with clay that is very moist. If you have the
money for one, go for it. Like I said, you can actually use the space
underneath it for storing your clay, and when not using the slab roller,
you can use the surface of it as a table for supplies that won't hurt
it. It's not a waste of space!
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