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schizo319
« 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.


Close up of mint leaf handles:


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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!
Lucky mum!
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2011 06:26:16 PM »

gorgeous!
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2011 07:41:38 PM »

Wow! She's going to love it! It is darling!
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« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2011 08:09:37 PM »

Beautiful! I especially love the handles, and how they're offset a bit from the ends of the oval. And the fern! I have an opportunity to possibly work with some clay in the coming months, and I'd love to do something similar to this.
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« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2011 08:52:52 PM »

Stunning!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2011 09:07:05 AM »

Gasp! Love! Can we become best buds so that you will give me this for Christmas?
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« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2011 12:48:57 PM »

So bold, so graphic  love it!!

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« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2011 03:05:07 AM »

i'm about to start a pottery course next week and am so inspired by your beautiful tray! well done, it's magnificent
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« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2011 07:13:28 AM »

That is so awesome, love all things with leafs. I want a green one!
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« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2011 04:15:42 PM »

Stunning!!!!
LimeRiot said it best. I can't stop looking at it!
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« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2011 08:35:07 AM »

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« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2011 07:23:12 PM »

This is stunning! I just finished a ceramics course myself and did some similar things, though I never thought to use natural resists like the leaves!!! If I ever get the opportunity again I'll have to try it!
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« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2011 12:31:53 PM »

I love this!  The contrast of the tray with the leaves is gorgeous...so much detail stands out!
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« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2011 08:05:36 AM »

This is completely gorgeous and the leaf detail is just amazing!
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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2011 08:42:55 AM »

Wow! What a gorgeous project, and such a brilliant gift idea.
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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2011 09:40:43 PM »

Simple and beautiful. I like the way you included plants from her garden to personalise the tray.
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« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2011 07:29:15 PM »

Lucky Mom! I love the detail you got in each leaf imprint, really beautiful!
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« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2011 06:28:10 AM »

This is stunning. I love, love, love anything remotely autumnesque, but this is so charming.

I was just at an art faire and saw a similar piece (the biggest difference was the placement of the leaves; they were used as a border rather than over the whole piece, and there was only one kind of leaf) being sold for $80. Just thought you should know...
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« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2011 06:05:20 AM »

Thanks wisteriatree - that's good to know! I bet that looked neat as a border, may have to try that myself!
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