18" PortaRoller (18" Portable Slab Roller Unit Includes handle &
No. of Ctns
A SMALL STUDIO? THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!
THE PERFECT SLAB MAKER FOR TEACHERS AND POTTERS WITH
| (18" Slab Roller, Tabletops,
Handle & Canvas)
& GREAT ADVANTAGES
Easily broken down for storage or to take
Every part carefully designed
and made for its intended purpose. No off-the-shelf or inferior parts or
Rust free and virtually
No clumsy heavy shims or boards.
No chains, cables or cast-iron
Thickness infinitely variable
from 0 to 2-3/4 inches.
Slabs can be rolled in either
direction and clay can be added or subtracted at any time.
Roll slabs up to 16" wide. The
length of the slab is limited only by the space and canvas available.
Tapered slabs are quick, easy
Warping, curling and cracking
are drastically reduced.
All machines accept press molds
and a wide variety of texturing material such as burlap, plant materials,
rope, cork and bark.
Combine the North Star 18" Standard
slab roller with a specially designed set of Table Toppers and you have the
North Star PortaRoller. We designed the PortaRoller for ceramic arts teachers
who are moving from classroom to classroom and for studio potters who need a
fully functional slab roller but have limited space. The PortaRoller easily
breaks down for storage when not in use or for you to take with you.
Like the other North Star slab rollers, the PortaRoller has two rolls, much like
the wringer of an old-fashioned washing machine. Both rolls have a small diamond
pattern ("knurling") machined directly into the metal to grip the canvas. The
bottom roll is turned by the handle, but cannot move vertically. As it turns, it
drives the top roll through a train of gears. The upper roll both turns and can
be adjusted up and down. The two rolls turning together pull slabs through
easily, and the vertical adjustment of the top roll gives an easy-to-set and
infinitely adjustable thickness from paper-thin to over 2 inches. A reference
scale allows setting and repeating openings to within 1/100 of an inch.
The design gives great flexibility in making slabs. Very thin, translucent
porcelain slabs and thick, heavily textured architectural slabs are equally
easy. A wide variety of other texturing materials and objects can be passed
through the machine along with the clay. Slabs can be rolled either direction or
reversed on all North Star machines.
WISE POTTERS FOLLOW THE STAR!