This is the last poppy plate. Why poppies? Do I have some fascination with them? No, not really, but since they grow very well, I have plenty of photographs, and I know what they look like.
I’ve made numerous plates like this. They are a great size and shape for pie and small sandwiches. You have to really take your time to keep them from getting warped or cracked, but when they work, you have a set of matched almost-stacking plates. To start with, you need a half dozen blemish-free styrofoam …
I think I may not use this technique again, even though I enjoyed this project. I found the lack of color palette frustrating, however. I really wanted a bright poppy red for the flowers, and one was unavailable. Red often is unpredictable, no matter what medium. The main reason, however, is that it needs a …
To get a decent line for the slip, we needed a dark colored clay. I already knew that slips didn’t turn out well if you fired them to cone ten, so I bought a bag of cone 06 terracotta clay called “Ward’s Red.” I’ve never used this clay before, but I was assured that it …