Tuesday, February 12, 2013


This was an experimental form which I thought would be good for a covered cheese dish. Unfortunately it developed two cracks at the bottom underneath during the drying. I decided to fire it anyway just to see how it would do. The cracks didn't get any larger; this would hold a good sized piece of cheese underneath. I'll try making this one again. It's really difficult to get the glaze in all the nooks and crannies of the curled parts but would be worth it if I can succeed next time. I might round the edges of the handle portion more. I never did make a plate for it to sit on since it had the cracks. The plate would change the look somewhat but still it would work. I may make a few plates to see what it would look like.

I tried a copper wash over a fern and the fern outline isn't defined enough. So I'll use ferns for other treatments but not this one. I don't like the round depression in the bottom of this plate either.

This is another fern plate but I dusted the surface with some sprinkled slip. Once again the fern isn't working and neither are the sprinkles. But I do like the organic shape of this plate and I'm going to make a template from it to use for more plates. I think a more organic shape will work better with the leaf plates I'm making.

Here's the sunflower platter I made a while ago. The rim is just too rough and wavy for my liking. This comes about when I try to form the rim before it's firm enough. There's a fine line between not firm enough and too firm. It's times like these when I think I need to make a slump mold. I've been putting that off but I may just have to venture into that realm.

I think I should have put the black stain on the rim too. Look at the little bit of cobalt showing up in the black, I like the sheen and variation it gives to the color. This also happened in the owl platter. I might have to experiment with thinning the black stain down a little more to see what color variations I can get with it. I'm envisioning a black and slightly blue plate surface.

All is not lost with experimenting. With each firing I learn a little more and in turn there are more paths to venture down. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hey Linda! I like your fern plates, no matter that has not been fully defined they are beautiful! Especially second one, have that delicate and soft look...really nice!

  2. The first I like. What a fun shape.


  3. Looking good!

    I think the round bottom on the square plate has great potential....the reverse of a square peg in a round hole?

  4. Oh I do like the quirkiness of your cheese dish cover!I'm wondering if it matters whether the glaze covers within the curls. The contrast might be interesting. "Listen" in the last post, is very appealing.

  5. I like the fern plates too. It's possible that they aren't what you expected, put them away and look at them again after you don't have expectations and you might like them also.

  6. These are good looking plates/platters. On the black edge, I think I prefer having that bright clean edge, so perhaps you could just run a rib or knife around after you apply the glaze, so it has a cleaner line. Ferns are delicate after all. Thanks for comment about my meds change...I will give it 2 weeks to see if it works!

  7. What fun to read this post! Good luck with future fern plates, Linda.

  8. I like that you are not afraid to experiment :)

  9. Hi Katarina, thanks, the maker is often disappointed at results and others are not, this is one of those times I guess.

    Hi Elna, thanks so much.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, see how things go, I don't like them and others do, Ha.

    Hi Robyn, thanks, I love just letting the clay go where it wants, it often forms the most unique pieces. Might as well have fun with it.

    Hi Lori, thanks, yes once again what I think isn't what everyone else thinks, Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I'll have to experiment with the rims, practice makes perfect.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, working on the details as I go.

    Hi Dee, thanks, no fear of experimenting here, Ha.


I love suggestions, questions, critiques, thanks for your comment