What do you do on a dull wet Saturday in October?
I would guess most women would go shopping, or out for lunch maybe. Saturday is my day for a bit of ‘me time’, but that usually means making something just for me, or trying out some new idea, but not working on orders or sales.
The postman brought me these chargers that I bought secondhand off ebay.
Why does she need chargers I hear you ask yourself.
Well, if you remember my ‘dinner plates’ that I made on the wheel were more ‘diet plates’; just a bit too small. They were as big as I could go on my batts ( don’t think I have the skill yet to bring the edge out wider than the batt) so I had to think of a way to make larger plates.
So the plates would have to be rolled out using the slab roller, then moulded on the chargers, (a dinner plate would be a bit too small when the plates are fired).
OH was roped in to roll the clay, I can manage 1 board on top but not two.
The clay was a bit too sticky so it was stacked on plasterboards for a little while.While I was waiting for it to firm up a bit I threw a couple of bowls. Centering is getting easier, and I didn’t have to trim my rims at all, so that’s progress.
If you are a maker, do you collect all kinds of stuff that might come in handy later ?
OH went off to watch the sport having completed some artwork of his own.
The pizza base would make a good template as it’s just bigger than the chargers.
I rolled the clay down a bit more by hand, my notebook tells me that I made the other plates a ruler and 2 cards thick. I also use wooden battens when rolling clay but if I want thinner clay then rulers are perfect.
The clay was ribbed then flipped onto the chargers, there’s a circle of newspaper in the base to help in removing them when they are leather hard. They were trimmed around the edge with a needle tool and pressed into the form with a damp sponge.
I left them a while and threw some Christmas presents, but I can’t show you those.
Then the charger was sat on the wheel, (they just fitted) and I sponged the plates to give them that wheel thrown look.
Now they are drying slowly under plastic so they don’t warp. I think I will glaze them slightly differently to my other dinnerware pieces and have a light coloured middle, and a border to match my set. I did consider doing something decorative on the rims like stamping or sgraffito but maybe that will be another project……
I have an idea 🙂