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#36644 What Every Potter Needs!

Posted by annekat on 08 June 2013 - 08:19 PM

The Captain Ceramics video was quite funny. More of a 70's time frame than 60's, it turns out. I thought the Glazing Grippers, or whatever they called them, looked like they might actually work!

#36094 Can you talk to me about plates?

Posted by annekat on 28 May 2013 - 04:29 PM

This thread on plates is great. Lots of great suggestions and ideas I don't have time to fully read right now, but certainly will. Plates have always been one of those dreaded things for me, as for probably a number of other potters, too..... Customers seem to have a hard time understanding that there would be anything harder about them compared to other pots, that they take as much clay as they do, why they need to be expensive, etc. I've made sets of thrown plates for people before and it's always been more trouble than it was worth. But I'm undergoing some changes in my approach and the appearance of my work, gravitating toward more simplicity and directness. Slab plates are an option for me now, as well as just simpler thrown forms without as much decoration or fussing around, maybe without feet, even. I worked for a few years for some potters who successfully produced slab built majolica dinnerware and sold it wholesale at the better trade shows. They are no longer producing it, not because it wasn't successful, but because they have moved on to other things. The slab plates had simple and clean lines that didn't interfere with the various patterns painted on, but each had an extruded rim attached, using a self-designed die, which gave the plate substance and stability.