Studio Day: Hand Built Ceramics
Today I spent a good 6 hours in the studio finishing up some sculpted tiles and hand building six plates. First the tiles. They needed to be finished -- I had started them over the last couple of weeks:
These will later be sanded, fired, partially glazed and mounted into frames.
On this particularly large tile, I rubbed fine sand into the surface. I am curious how it will fire up.
I then set about to make a set of Antipasti plates. In total I want four rectangles as serving plates and 8 small squares as plates to eat from.
Hand building is something I do when I want irregular shapes or very large bowls which are too fatiguing to make on the wheel. Here's how it works:
First, I cut the clay bases from the large block....
...much like slicing a piece of bread from a loaf with a wire.
Then I rolled long strands of clay, much like we all learned in kindergarten...
...and attached the rolls to the edge of the base which I cut from the block.
I managed to get the four rectangles formed as well as two squares. I wrapped them up in plastic and will wait a couple of days. When they have firmed up a bit, I will go back and completely clean them up.
On these particular plates, I want the irregular edge. I am not sure how I am going to glaze them yet. It was a productive studio day.
Here is an example of a large bowl which I also hand built -- it is approximately 23 inches in diameter, is glazed on the inside and raw on the outside.