It looks like I have a very busy week ahead of me! I have a lot to glaze and fire, so I am hoping to have a couple of glaze firings occur this week. On Saturday I finished up a few commissioned pieces. Three of them, that I have really enjoyed creating, were platters. Two are wedding platters and the other was just a regular platter for everyday use. This person is a big tea drinker, and might be using this platter as a tea-tray since it is large enough to hold a decent teapot, tea cups, and possible a cream and sugar set too. Anyhow, part of the reason I have enjoyed making these so much was because I was given some creative freedoms in making the pieces.
I was given the basics from the commissioner (size, final glaze color, purpose for its use, etc.), but the rest was up to my interpretation. I love when that happens because it’s fun to try something new and give someone a piece with something a little more unique than copying what they saw exactly from the store window. This particular platter was just going to be a large serving size platter, about 17″ in diameter or so. Though the crystals that will form across this platter, when it is fired, will be detail for sure, I wanted to add a little more interest to the piece. I added handles to the platter and I am excited to see the final product when it is glazed. Here is a little preview.
I think the handles add that needed touch so it looks like a platter and not just a really big plate. Also, I did smooth out the impressions where the handles were attached.
Now that I am working for myself, I have come to love Mondays and the start of a new week! I am off to mail off a pottery order and then hit the studio. Have a great Monday everyone!