Slab Pottery / by Olivia Siegel

Melissa Weiss makes beautiful pottery. I recently purchased a stunning bowl, and I don't want to eat out of anything else. I had such a great time touring her Asheville studio, and learning about the construction behind my new bowl! Melissa makes many of her plates and bowls by laying clay slabs over a form. These forms are based on cherished vessels (clay, wood, metal, or otherwise) and are painstakingly molded, tested, and perfected. Once the clay has taken shape, Melissa dips them in a white slip and bisques them. Finally, they are glazed and high fired into unique and striking pieces.