Shimpo Nidec Slab Roller Tile Making Demonstration

In this video I will introduce you to Brian my new Shimpo Nidec Slab Roller! I am so excided he is finally here. I will share his long journey to arrive in my studio, which reminded me of Brian Robson and his long journey home. I will also show how to make ceramic tiles using the new slab roller.  

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List of Tools I used in Video:

*Shimpo Nidec Slab Roller:

-30″ Slabs .01″ to over 2″ thick. Heavy-duty slab roller can produce up to a 3″ thick slab. Two-roller system evenly distributes pressure on slab to reduce warping. Dual hand wheels and thickness indicator provide synchronized fine adjustment and allow for precise control of slab thickness. Wagon wheel handle provides effortless feeding of slab through rollers in either direction. Large 30″ x 50″ table. Comes with one canvas set.

*Laguna Whiteware Clay EM342:Tiles were bisque fired to cone 04, then glaze fired to cone 04


-Clean Up Tool B3

-Steel Scraper (with “teeth”)

*Polymer Ribs

-Shape 1 Polymer Rib Tool

*Carpenter Square (right angle ruler)


*Dull Pencil

*Two planks of Dry Wall (Sheet Rock)

*Mayco Glaze:

-Underglaze: Jet Black, Regal Purple, Marine Blue, Leaf Green, Apple Green, Bright Yellow

-Clear One dipping glaze

2 thoughts on “Shimpo Nidec Slab Roller Tile Making Demonstration

  1. Christina Smith says:

    Need help. My parents built their home in 1980 and used beautiful Mexican tiles for the bathrooms, the fountain and a few color spots among the sautillo pavers. I have some extras, but it will be impossible to remove and replace tiles in some areas. I was hoping to REPAINT the patterns where they they have chipped off. Mostly the issues are with tiles that are outdoors. I need instructions… how to prep, what colors to paint with, how to mix the colors to match and how to seal! Please teach me.
    Also can you email me?


    • hardshellslimysnail says:

      Hello Christina, I have never restored old tiles so I am not that qualified. Ceramic tiles are painted with Glaze and would need to be fired in a kiln. Your best bet would be to contact a Ceramic Studio in your area and take some of the tiles with you. They may be able to help you match a glaze and let you use their kiln.


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