Class 4. Getting Creative with Simple Slab Jewelry


Part 1

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10th, 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

COST: $100 (Includes Class kit plus shipping)

SKILL LEVEL: A basic understanding of ceramics is necessary.

15 spaces available

Sign Up by April 28th

Looking for a creative jump start? Then start small and join me for this fun and interactive Zoom class. We will spend our time learning to create small works of art that you can wear by making and altering jewelry shapes from thin slabs of clay. We’ll start out with basic shapes like squares, rectangles & circles and then experiment to create new shapes, keeping the surfaces smooth so they can be painted with underglazes or the finish of your choice. We will also discuss your design ideas and how they can lead you to create complimentary and contrasting jewelry shapes. I’ll teach you how I bend and cut nichrome wire to create the jewelry hooks that I insert in my clay pieces and share a couple simple jewelry hacks too. The focus will be on pendant, pin and earring shapes.

Participants will receive several video links prior to the class which covers slab creation for jewelry making, design and how it relates to jewelry shapes, combining smooth surfaces with texture, making texture wheels and how I set up my jewelry making space.

  • Participants have the option to sign up for Class 5, Decorative Underglaze Surfaces for Slab Jewelry, or finish their jewelry pieces on their own.
  • This 1 ½ hour class has a 15 minute window before and after class for questions and answers. The post class Q & A can be extended if needed to address additional questions.
  • Participants must supply their own clay, supplies and handbuilding tools.
  • This class includes a digital and physical class kit that will be shipped to you prior to class. Look below to see what is included in the class kit.

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Class Cost: $100

Class Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Class Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class Spaces Available: 15

Sign Up by April 28th

What Participants Need To Consider Regarding Clay Choice

*Participants will use their preferred clay.

  • Think about how you want to finish your jewelry. This will help you choose the clay you want to use to create your pieces.
  • If you want to paint your jewelry with underglazes, you can use low or mid range clay. I recommend a lowfire, porcelain or lightly grogged clay.
  • If you want to use oxides followed by a translucent glaze, you should use the clay body that works best with your glazes.

What you’ll get in your digital class kit:

  • Preferred handbuilding tools

What you’ll get in your physical class kit:

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What you’ll get in your physical class kit:

  • Basic jewelry pliers (4-in-1 pliers, wire cutter, loop maker, jump ring closer)
  • 12” of Nichrome wire
  • 2 Wooden sticks for thickness control when rolling out small slabs
  • Jewelry shapes worksheet
  • Manilla folder
  • Tracing paper
  • 10 Jump rings
  • 5 Pin backs
  • 2 Black necklace cords

Video and Live Demonstrations Include:

  • Making a texture free slab using a slab roller and/or rolling pin and sticks
  • Transferring basic shapes to manilla folder
  • Creating basic jewelry shape templates from manilla folder
  • Cutting and altering shapes using flexible metal rib
  • Creating texture wheel from favorite textures
  • Bend and cut nichrome wire to create the jewelry hooks
  • Jewelry hook insertion
  • Creating designs for jewelry shape using tracing paper
  • Using texture wheels on a small scale
  • Attaching a jump ring
  • Attaching a pin back
  • Jewelry hacks

What participants need to have for class:

  • Clay

-Clay (I recommend a no-grog or low grog clay. Earthenware or Porcelain would work best. I use High Water low fire white earthenware but you can use the earthenware (red or white) of your choice)

  • Rolling pin/Slabroller (For making several small slabs prior to class)
  • Needle tool
  • Flexible metal rib
  • Ruler
  • Saran Wrap
  • Water
  • Assorted wooden/plastic ribs
  • Pencil & Paper for notes or drawings for reference
  • Scissors or Xacto knife to cut out jewelry shape templates
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Texture tools or stamps (if you want texture on your pieces)
  • Favorite handbuilding tools
  • Design ideas
  • Ware board to put your jewelry pieces on


  1. Watch the pre-recorded videos.
  2. Create your texture wheels and bisque fire them if you want to use them for jewelry making.
  3. Cut out the basic jewelry shape templates.

DO NOT do the following steps more than 1 day prior to class. (We don’t want the clay to get dried out.)

When making your slab:

  1. Roll out your slab and remove the canvas texture.
  2. Cover your slab with plastic. The plastic should be in direct contact with your slab.
  3. Have your work area set up and ready to go.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you will be ready for class!

Working with clay is easier with shortly trimmed fingernails.

Class Cost: $100

Class Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Class Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Class Spaces Available: 15

Vendor Information

  • Store Name: Terri Kern Studios
  • Vendor: Terri Kern Studios
  • Address: 1310 Pendleton Street
    Studio 511
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
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