In designing dishes, I wanted to create a different look than just your typical round plate. Squares are in, so I wanted to create my own square dishes. Since I am not using a mold to press my plates, my design is more of a “rounded” square. I throw the plates just like I normally would, except I throw the plate with an extra wide rim. I do this so that I can cut off sections of the rim of the plate to create the square shape. The first one I did was not very successful. I didn’t have a wide enough rim and when I cut the rim down to make the square shape, it actually took the rim away altogether. When I made the next one I definitely left plenty of room.
I really like that this plate is not a perfect square. At first I wanted to have the edges form a perfect square with nice 90 degree corners, but the rounded center of the plate makes it difficult to achieve that. The flattened corners of the plate keep it unique and I think they will make a neat set with the dinner plates as well.
I have a little fine tuning to do when I trim these and some straightening of the edges before I bisque fire them. On to the dinner plates!