durable templates for ceramic slab

Making Durable Templates for Ceramic Slab Work

durable templates for ceramic slabJeff Heubner shows how to make very durable templates for ceramic slab work. He gave us permission to share his informative video with you. This technique will enhance your studio tool kit and make duplicating slab built vessels and wares foolproof. Jeff’s video is short and to the point. is process suggests a number of readily available materials to use in making templates for your ceramics studio. All produce a washable, reusable durable template for ceramic slab work.

Quick to make, these templates are perfect for reproducing your favorite designs for ceramic cups, bowls, tumblers, trays, platters, and any number of other items.

Jeff Huebner teaches at Fletcher High School, Neptune Beach Florida. He has deployed a number of helpful videos on the Web at YouTube. Let us know if this is helpful to you.

For more helpful information about effective and inexpensive studio tools, see our article in the blog archives.


  1. Jean Bittkau says:

    Always good to see how other teachers work, thank you. I have used old Xrays, but I rather like the placemat idea. Nice and bright and kids are drawn to working with colourful tools.

    • admin says:

      Thanks, Jean. We love to hear from teachers who are potters! Let me know if you’d like to do an article for us sometime about your class or a project.

  2. Mary S. says:

    I used roofing felt. It’s the stuff that goes under your tiles. You can buy rolls of it at the building supply store or even hardware store. It is sturdy and has the benefit that if you dampen your clay before you press the felt into the clay, it helps support pieces as you are building them.

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