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SlabMat

SlabMats are shipped rolled.
Small Handbuilding Mat 14" x 16"
 
$6.00

Large Handbuilding Mat 16" x 22"
 
$10.00

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Slim SlabMat 14" x 50"
 
$16.00

 Long Narrow SlabMat 14" x 60"
 
$17.00

Standard Mat 22" x 50"
 
$22.00

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Long Standard SlabMat 22" x 60"
 
$23.00

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 Short Wide SlabMat 30" x 44"
 
$22.50

Large SlabMat 30" x 50"
 
$33.00

 Long Wide SlabMat 30" x 60"
 
$38.50

SlabMat Class Pack
 SlabMat 12 Pack for Classes 9" x 9"
 
$30.00

SlabMat Class Pack
 SlabMat 12 Pack for Classes 12" x 14"
 
$40.00

SlabMat™ Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is SlabMat? SlabMat is a proprietary non-woven fabric that provides a smooth surface for clay work. Unlike canvas, SlabMat has no weave for clay dust to sift through, and therefore is cleaner for studio use.

Q: How many pieces of SlabMat do I need? For long slabs (>23") on a slab roller, use two full-length sheets of SlabMat with the clay sandwiched in between. SlabMat can also be used in combination with canvas to get one side textured and one smooth. Place the canvas on the bottom for it to absorb the most water.
    For shorter slabs (<23") on a slab roller, use one piece of full size SlabMat folded in half with the clay sandwiched in between the folded mat. Note: If you use this technique for rolling, the crease in the mat is permanent. 
    For hand building, or slabs rolled out with a rolling pin, you may use one piece of SlabMat. If your table is slick, use a piece of rubber shelf liner under the SlabMat to keep it from sliding. 
     HandBuilding
tm mats are pre-cut to convenient sizes.

Q: Should I buy separate pieces of SlabMat for each color clay? Yes. Avoid contamination.

Q: How do I wash SlabMat? You may wipe the surface with a damp sponge, but do not saturate it with water. Allow the SlabMat to dry completely before use.

Q: If my clay sticks to the SlabMat, should I sprinkle it with talcum powder? NO! Talc is a flux. The addition of a flux to a clay body will lower the fusion point and raise the density of the body during firing. If you find that your clay is sticky, you may want to dry the clay somewhat. There are many ways to do this: wedge the clay on plaster or concrete, squeeze the clay into thick coils exposing more surface area to air, run a thick slab through the slab roller using canvas to absorb moisture. If your clay is sticking only on the bottom mat, fold back the top mat and flip the clay upside down onto your work surface.

Q: How many slabs can I roll before the SlabMat is too wet? What about leaving the rolled clay on the SlabMat?  Each clay contains a different amount of moisture. Roll a few slabs and make note of how the SlabMat responds to your clay. It is best to remove the slab soon after rolling because prolonged wetness may cause the SlabMat to have a waviness. Tip: If you are slow drying flat slabs, place the slabs between pieces of drywall board, also known as gypsum or sheet rock. It is found at home centers, is easily cut with a utility knife and is inexpensive.

Q: Can I cut a piece of SlabMat to a smaller size? Yes. Cut SlabMat with an Exacto or utility knife.

Q: Can I cut clay directly on SlabMat? Everyone has a different hand when cutting, so it will vary with each tool and person. A stainless steel fettling knife if recommended. If you use an Exacto knife or needle tool, cut test on a SlabMat sample to see how hard you can press before you damage the surface.

Q: How should I store my SlabMat? Store SlabMats flat when possible. If you must store your SlabMats rolled, roll the mats loosely. If the mat is too curled from shipment, gently reverse roll the mat before use. To extend the life of your SlabMat avoid excessive heat and direct sunlight

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