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« on: May 23, 2016 06:26:46 PM »

I've been working on these for some time, and love the results!
all are low-fire white clay, underglaze painted on bisque, with clear gloss glaze finish.

The tray, made to fit a special baking pan, it's about 18" long:

Set of 6 square cereal bowls won't actually be used with the tray, they just happen to match:
my husband's favorite, seahorses:

My current favorite, a fat shrimp:

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016 05:15:35 AM »

Wow! These are all so pretty!

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2016 02:09:26 PM »

These are all great!  So pretty.   Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016 11:13:34 AM »

Thanks, guys! 
It's kind of fun to choose which bowl to use each day.  I think I'll use the crab today, I love the kelp and coral on the other side of the bowl...

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016 07:10:37 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016 10:53:30 AM »

Woohoo!  Thank you!

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2016 07:14:46 AM »

Those are beautiful!  I love the seahorses!

« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2016 11:11:21 AM »

They all are gorgeous. My favorite is the tray and I don't really know why as all are lovely.
Can you explain how you made them? I wish I could do that too!
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2016 03:33:49 PM »

the tray is a slab draped over a triple-layer corrugated cardboard form; the lip is what stuck out on the table.

For the bowls, I made a pattern to cut the slab to fit inside melamine bowls (from Target).  I glued a square of corrugated cardboard centered in the bottom of the melamine bowl, lined the bowl with clear plastic, and forced a coil of clay into the space between the cardboard and the bowl to form a foot, smearing it up the sides of the bowl a bit to make good connection with the slab in the next step.  
Then I draped the slab cut to pattern into the bowl, joined the seams, smoothed the edges, etc.  When they set up a bit, I turned the bowl out and smoothed the foot clay into the rest.

I stacked the bowls while drying so they wouldn't deform and get stuck together when stacked in the cupboard.

The painting:  After they were bisque fired, I did a background with watered-down aqua and turquoise underglaze applied irregularly, allowing the white clay to show through in places.  Then I sketched the critters etc. in pencil (freehand, but google for ways to transfer designs if you want), then painted them in underglazes.  Clear foodsafe glaze on top, and one more firing.  The pencil burns off.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2016 10:56:22 PM »

Thanks for the detailed answer. I have a smallish kiln that I used to anneal glass beads but I don't have a torch anymore. So, I could use it to learn ceramics. No big trays for me, but bowls for sure. I'll keep this for the end of summer, when I hope I will have some time to craft more. For today, I went to a clay cafe and painted a premade shape. Not at all as great as making your own ceramic but still fun.
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