New Plates

At long last, the kiln fired. I began these pieces back in the spring, I think, so there’s a bit of a learning curve at work, but I’m happy with most of them. For the next batch, whenever that happens, I have many more ideas. I may bring my Mother’s wheel up from Brooklyn and start practicing. I’ve also got some ideas for non-ceramic serving pieces that I may get to in the near future, but there’s a big project looming in the new year that needs my attention first (unless I procrastinate by doing little things, which may happen). In the meantime, these will give me some inspiration to cook more multi-course meals, which is how I like to eat.

I made 8 each of most things- didn’t see that these would fit together until I took the picture.

I had six of these bowls already. I made six more, with different glazes.

Little amuse tripods, about 3″ across.

More espresso cups.

Geodesic bowls, about 6″ across.

Rough bowls about 6″ in diameter

Plates about 4″ square

Another view

Rustic oval footed plates

Squares- I made one before and gave it away; these are a little bigger.

I’m going to make more of these with some refinements; they’re too thick and the glaze needs work. But they’ll do.

Last, a teapot. I made 8 matching little cups, but they didn’t make it into the kiln.

The lid stuck during firing, and I broke it knocking it off, but epoxy made it all better. Now I can’t give it away. Shucks.

There are other pieces, and they’ll show up in future posts laden with various fare.

7 comments to New Plates

  • dana prescott

    Is there anything you can't do, Peter? These are beautiful.

  • 6p010536a681c9970c

    Nice.

    What sort of kiln/firing did you use?

  • susannah strong

    Do you ever sleep?

  • Zoomie

    Intriguing shapes and I hope you will get your mother's wheel and try throwing, too. You obviously have a feeling for clay and a wonderful talent.

  • The Spiteful Chef

    I want those little amuse tripods BADLY. You're very talented, if kind of a smart alek.

  • Julia

    What they said, but add prolific! This is an impressive selection of incredibly varied (and beautiful) work. I've got a friend promising to teach me to throw when her studio's finished. One day I'll make a lumpy bowl or something…

  • peter

    Dana: Hey there. When are you coming to visit?

    Stuart: Thanks. A gas kiln to cone 9/10. Different areas had very different amounts of reduction.

    Susannah: I do, but usually badly.

    Zoomie: I'll drag it up here someday.

    Kristie: I'll take that as a compliment coming from you.

    Julia: You should take her up on it. It's a lot of fun, and very relaxing.

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