Wedding season is here! Brides and grooms are pulling together those last minute details and decisions before their big day. Guests are getting more excited to share in the celebration as the day draws near. Andrew and I are excited to share in a few special weddings of both family and friends this summer as well. I am, however, busy in the studio finishing work for some of those weddings. In an earlier post, I wrote about lanterns I was making for my roommates wedding. She loved them and is excited to see them glazed. While those are drying out for their first firing, I got to work on completing a wedding gift.
My cousin contacted me earlier in the month wondering if I could do a wedding platter. She and her husband are attending a wedding of close friends and wanted something with a more personal touch than choosing something off the registry. I had actually spent some time sketching ideas for wedding platters and other gifts a while ago, so I felt I was off to a good start. After talking with Kara, we decided it would be a large, serving size, platter that could be personalized with their initials and wedding date.
I threw the platter about a week ago and have kept it under loose plastic so it could dry out evenly. It was the perfect hardness for trimming, so I hoped on the wheel to get that part done first. I want this platter to be versatile. There is the option to actually use the platter if desired, or it can be used as decor for the home. I think it would look great on a plate stand or hung. I had to dig/carve out a place to hang the platter if so desired. I definitely wanted this feature to be built-in to the platter rather than use hardware on the back in order to keep its versatility.
In my Love Line design, I started using what I called a “button stamp”. This means I would roll out a slab of clay, cut out a shape, attach that piece to the pot as a raised button, and then stamp the design into the button. That is the same way I plan to design my personalized wedding platters. The oval button piece will be used for the couple’s initials (monogram style) and the three circular buttons will say the date of their wedding. This personalization is then attached to the front of the platter on the rim.
I am really excited about this piece and can’t wait to get it glazed and fired! I don’t know what glaze Kara will pick for her friends yet, but crystals always grow so well on a flat surface. (I hope the copper glaze is picked…that’s my favorite). Like the Love Line, the personalized button stamp will be coated in iron oxide to enhance their initials and date. Then the stamp will be coated in wax so when the platter is glazed, the personalization will really pop.
If you have a wedding coming up and are looking for a more personal gift, send me a message and we can get something going! You can request a custom piece through my etsy shop by clicking here, or you can feel free to send me an e-mail at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.