Tonight I “tackled” throwing plates with my beginning wheelthrowing class.
I always tell my students it’s easier to throw them than it is to trim them.
So I showed them that a platter is basically a low, wide cylinder with flared out
sides. A lot of compressing on the bottom… and some details & decorating.
We discussed dding slip when we made bowls. So why not add it to a platter?!
So I covered the interior of the plate surface with white slip. I then dragged the curved end
of my wooden knife through the slip. Bands here & there, squiggles in the middle. I really
like how the displaced slip also creates some great textures… and some great places for the
glaze to pool. The contrast between the clay body and the white slip ain’t bad either!