Almost for the past year, well maybe more like 10 months, I have been working on my Christmas design. Since Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ, I wanted to keep my design as such: the Nativity. The very first thing I am making are Christmas platters. Here is my first Christmas platter debut.
These platters range from 15-18 inches in diameter. The platters have a 3 inch rim that has the nativity scene stamped around the rim. Each stamp was designed and crafted by myself. This project has been a lot of fun, and I am working hard to have my Christmas line, up and running for this coming holiday season. I am hoping to have a dozen of these platters made for the fall/winter craft fair and have a couple for my show this fall as well. It is a two-step process in creating a stamp. First I had to sketch out how I wanted my nativity scene to look and how that design could translate in the clay form. I decided to make my scene in the silhouette style. I knew I wanted Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus to be in a stable with the star above them. I also wanted to include shepherds, wise men on camels, stable animals (donkey and sheep), palm trees and other desert plants, as well as a city landscape. Once I had this planned, I started to create my stamps. Each was first drawn out to the size I wanted. Next I sketched that drawing on a rolled out piece of clay. Once that was in place, I carved out the image. I did this process for all the stamps. Once this carved out image dried, I fired it to bisque and then pressed soft clay into the image to create a relief of the carved image. That piece is the stamp. Once the stamp dried out, it was also fired to bisque. They were ready to be used and I first stamped them on the rim of this platter. I have a few adjustments to make to the impressions come out clear and some smoothing of the rim as well. Overall, I am really happy with this platter and am super excited to continue creating these as well as some other items! Definitely stay tuned to see what the final piece will look like once it is glazed!