The holiday is literally in 4 days, and that means large meals. Huge meals mean huge plates. Tossing a serving platter on the wheel is possible and very classy, but if you’re searching for a quick and simple holiday season plate, look to your piecing roller.
A Brief Refresher on Rolling Slabs
The majority of piece rollers have a standard concept: one or 2 big rollers compress lumps of clay into flat pieces. Rolling pieces is simple, however, do not think it’s completely fool-proof; breaking and contorting from drying or shooting are common problems for all slab projects, so here are some ideas to help you roll better.
- Roll twice and begin by rolling a piece a quarter to a half-inch thicker than your last slab.
- Turn your piece 90 degrees before the second roll. If you just roll in one direction, it will shrink more.
- If your slab roller only compresses from one side, turn your slab before the 2nd roll.
- Constantly cover your clay with something, either canvas or another slab.
Spray your slab with water and compress, and smooth with a metal or rubber rib.
- Attempt to keep your slabs as flat as possible up until you shapes them. Folds and flexes in the wet clay can show up once again as warps in the final product.
Making the Standard Platter
Before you roll your slab, choose a mold. There are a wide variety of slump and drape molds for making large serving platters fits like rectangular shapes, ovals, oblong, ellipse, and deco.
Roll a piece a minimum of 4-8 inches longer and larger than your mold. This will give you enough room to drape or plunge your slab onto the mold and cut off the edges which are the most vulnerable to cracking and warping. Smooth and compress your newly formed platter on the mold, this will help it keep its shape when drying and firing.
Adding Attachments and Decors
The platter may be done however it’s simple: basic. To make it your very own, you will have to include some personal touches. What kind of personal touches? Let’s start with the foot. As it is now, the plate will probably sit more or less level, possibly with a little shake. The best way to making it sit flat is by adding a base.
The easiest foot is done by a coil, a circle or an oval on the bottom. Smoothen and attach the coil until you can flip the whole plate (still on its mold) upside down. Allow the weight compress the foot so that it sits level. You might also throw a foot on the wheel. Simply toss a large, brief cylinder with no bottom, when you sufficed off the wheel head, make an oval by pulling both ends, and enable to dry to a soft leather hard. Rating and slip the bottom of your oval cylinder and the bottom of your plate where they will fulfill and connect. Your foot must be flat, however, if not, you can use a rasp to even it out.
Other fantastic additions would be handles, a rim (either made with a slab or a coil) and designs. When decorating a large plate, it can assist to consider it in 2 parts – the rim, which resembles the frame, and the base, which is the functional area. You can decorate the frame with either the contents of the platter or the style in the base. The usual choice is to embellish the rim as a framework for the substance of the dish. You can decorate nonetheless what you like, however, if you aren’t a hand-painter or you have exhausted your collection of stamps and rollers, attempt some harvest-themed ceramic molds.
To use these fun molds, you simply take a ball of clay and push it into the mold beginning with the center and work it out, leaving a little clay on leading to help get it out. When the shape is out of the mold, trim the back to fit on your plate, rating and slip extremely kindly and enable to dry very gradually. Be sure to wait for it to completely dried up. Color the veggie designs with slip or underglaze and fire with a clear glaze. Now you’ve got a beautiful holiday serving platter.
Also, if you wish to utilize the Chinese Clay Art Ceramic veggie molds, it will be simpler to connect them when you have assistance from the slump mold, and you don’t need to stress over flexing the rim. If you are doing both, then consider what you are most comfortable doing when the piece is out of the mold.