Flower Ceramic Platter

Flower platter

Flower Ceramic Platter

A friend of mine was cleaning out her grandmother’s storage unit and she found boxes of bisqued and unbisqued slipcast ceramic. She knew ceramics is one of my hobbies and thought I would get a kick out of some partially finished vintage ware. And she hated to see it go to a landfill. One of the pieces was a large flower ceramic platter. I didn’t know what the clay body was, so I decided to do low-fire underglazes and glazes to be safe.

I layered chartreuse, pale yellow, and sand colored underglazes in the center. Then I waxed over that section. Next I painted a terra cotta colored underglaze over the petals and wiped it away with a sponge. The glaze I used was Wisteria from Mayco, and while it is listed as an opaque glaze, the terra cotta stain still showed through beautifully. I did a second glaze firing, adding a bright yellow translucent glaze to the center.

Flower platter
Here is the platter awaiting the first glaze firing.Flower platter
After first firingFlower platter

After final firing. Sadly, something must have fallen on the petals during firing, so there is an odd rough patch. I may fire again, just to see if I can even out the glaze.

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