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« on: September 04, 2011 03:43:56 PM »

I've been taking pottery classes off and on for the last few years. For some reason, I never got to do much with leaves. I didn't make this peice specifically for this challenge, but I did make it during the month of August and figured 'what's more inspired by nature than a tray made with leaves and what is essentially just dirt (clay)?'  

This is a white stoneware clay slab, slumped onto a plastic serving tray, then pressed with leaves from different plants. Once the leaves were in place, I painted over them with dark brown slip (thinned clay) before removing the leaves. Once it was fired, I finished it with a dark brown stain to highlight the leaf detail and a food-safe clear glaze.  



All of the plants are from my mom's garden (this will be a Christmas gift for her). These are the plants I used leaves from: Fig, hydrangea, hummingbird vine, fern, Japanese maple, coleus, chocolate mint, red bud, and pecan tree.


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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2011 04:03:04 PM »

That is really quite awesome. I want one! I liked trying to figure out which leaf pattern belonged to which plant. I am wisting this!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011 04:12:32 PM »

Love it - your mom will probably be thrilled to get it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011 04:18:44 PM »

Wow, the detail to the vanes of each leaf is FAB!
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2011 04:24:50 PM »

That is absolutely wonderful!  I wish I had any skill with pottery at all - my mom is an avid gardener too, and I know she'd love something like this.

I don't know why - maybe the colors, or the leafy pattern - but it looks very tropical to me as well.  Love.
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« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2011 04:27:57 PM »

This is really awesome.  Fantastic job!
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2011 05:41:48 PM »

Gorgeous!!!!  I bet your mom will be thrilled!!
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011 06:11:22 PM »

This is so beautiful!
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Wow! She's going to love it! It is darling!
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