Adding a Little…Extra

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!

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  • Andrew

    This platter looks so awesome! I really like the way the handles look 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Andrew

    This platter looks so awesome! I really like the way the handles look 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t know you could make a platter that big…I thought maybe it would break when you put stuff on it. Do you have to make it extra thick, or will it be strong enough with the regular thickness?ReplyCancel

  • I didn’t know you could make a platter that big…I thought maybe it would break when you put stuff on it. Do you have to make it extra thick, or will it be strong enough with the regular thickness?ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Arryn, I LOVE this platter. Can’t wait to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Prince

    Arryn, I LOVE this platter. Can’t wait to see the finished product.ReplyCancel

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