Magnolia Salad/Dessert Plates
This is a series of 6 small Magnolia Salad/Dessert Plates. Each one is made from Columbia White clay and glazed with ACG clear on top with Orbide on the outside rim.
I used a dinner sized paper Chinet plate as my mold for the rolled out slab. I trimmed the edges when leather hard with a hand rasp purchased at the hardware store.
My favorite flower, the magnolia, inspired the design. Each plate shows a different stage of development for the magnolia flower from bud to seed. Sadly, one plate fell from a counter and broke.
I used mishima for the design. Mishima is a technique for putting sharp lines in clay. This is done by taking a sharp blade – I used an Exacto knife – to cut lines on drier-than-leather-hard clay. Once the lines are cut and cleaned, colored slip is brushed over the lines and left to dry to harder-than-leather-hard. Using a metal rib, I scraped away the green slip leaving wonderfully clean lines in the clay.
After bisque firing, I added additional color using underglazes that theoretically could withstand the temperatures of a cone 10 firing. I also used stains for shadowing. Some of the colors came out and others did not. The lighter the color, the more it washed out in the glaze firing.
I enjoy my magnolia salad/dessert plates and I hope to remake the broken plate someday.
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