At a local event two women asked me if I had garlic plates. I asked for a description. I came home and looked them up, of course, and decided to try some. I made four last night, but without seeing one for real, I won't make more. Of course they wanted to see some at my next event in two weeks! THAT won't happen, but I'll get a type perfected within the next couple of months and be ready for the autumn season.
The idea is that the center of the plate is rough or has a texture such that a clove of garlic can be rubbed/grated/pulverized and then olive oil poured over it for dipping with bread hunks. I'm not particularly good at making plates, so I'm considering this a good reason to get some practice. When I made the few last night, I made concentric ridges in the center. They were too rough, so I damp-sponged them to soften the edges and when I did that, I smeared some of the clay down into the grooves. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided that maybe the ridges or texture should be done at the time of trimming when the plate is in its leather stage and any little nubs of clay could be brushed out or allowed to dry and then flicked out. Some of the pictures I see online are of just unglazed areas for the grating and others are of almost fingernail sized waves that look pushed up in a circular design. Those look as though they'd hurt fingers and make for coarser grating, but again, without seeing one in 3D I can't get much of an idea; only imagination.
So ... have you made garlic plates? If you have, do you mind sharing how you make the grating part and how big you make the plates. Are they well received at shows or in shops? No one else in my region is making them that I know of, so maybe I have an opportunity here for something new!