Monday, January 9, 2012

More Squeezable Goodness

Here's a rough exploration of a one piece pillow form for a future serving platter design. The other evening I had one slab of clay I had to use up quickly before making dinner. I decided to play with the clay. The piece reminds me of pastry dough, smooth and rounded. I simply rolled under the top edges and pinched the sides together and this is what I got. I didn't bother to smooth the edges. Sometimes I just make a form to see how the clay performs, then I set the piece aside to think about modifications.

I can think of several ways I can modify this form to make a more functional platter. Sometimes I let myself play with the clay and a form emerges which isn't usable or what I want. If I study the form I see ways to modify the form to make it appealing or functional. The edges of this form are thick which makes the form fairly heavy. A thick sided heavy form like this might be beneficial, perhaps the sides would keep a baked dish warm longer at the table by radiating heat back into the dish. If I made the bottom double walled that would increase the radiant heat. A few ideas to mull over.

We have more squeezable goodness courtesy of our neighbors, lots of grapefruit. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. What a seductive form. It looks like I could just sink into it's softness. Nice juxtaposition of soft/hard.

  2. I agree with smartcat. It does look comfortable and inviting.
    What a nice neighbor you have.

  3. I can see it filled with hot, buttery rolls already.

  4. HI Suzi, thanks, doesn't it look like a bed or perhaps a rounded swimming pool. Ha.

    Hi Patti, thanks, yes we do have some great neighbors here.

    Hi Lori, thanks, hot buttery rolls, yeah that's just what this piece would be good for.

  5. Hi Linda!
    It´s nice to play with the clay, I do it often. :)
    So exotic whit grape fruit, does your neighbor have a grapefruit tree?

  6. Hi Linda - just found your blog and have to say that I've never seen a piece like that before - it looks so squidgy! I love playing/experimenting too - it's a vital part of the whole creativity thing.

  7. Hi Gudrun, thanks, yes sometimes playing with clay gives some interesting results. Yes my neighbor has a tree and his daughter has one too so we get lots of them from them so delicious.

    Hi Catherine, thanks, not sure this piece is anything I will fire, but sometimes if you let the clay do the talking interesting things come about, thanks for stopping by.


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