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A Tale of Two Platters October 23, 2008

Posted by Mitchell in Home.
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I’m gonna have to make a few more of these I think (clicky to embiggen).

Behold! The White Tree of Gondor!

Behold! The White Tree of Gondor!

That snot really the White Tree of course, but another varient on my Spooky Tree archetype.  I made the second one a bit bigger.

A Triad o' Trees

A Triad o' Trees

These platters are dead simple to make actually. I just roll out a slab, cut it to the desired shape and then slump them on a curved form. After they dry up a bit I put a foot on the bottom and let them dry a bit more until leather hard. That black stuff is called an “Underglaze” and I put it directly on the unfired clay. It’s not really a glaze, but a colored slip. I then carved my trees with a small knife into the underglaze to show the white clay underneath. These pictures are the first fired state and they turned out pretty well. Tonight I sprayed on a clear glaze to seal it up and they will go into the second firing over the weekend. I’ll have them back next Tuesday (praise Kiln Gods) and I’ll show a bit more about the construction details. I’m particularly proud of the foot I put on the second one.

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Comments

1. Steamboat McGoo - October 24, 2008

I like your spooky trees, Enas. They make me think of bad Ents.

2. S. Weasel - October 24, 2008

Heyyyyy…I made it into your comment section without getting the big red hand! Is it because you linked to it directly, or have you escaped the ban?

Nice platters.

3. Enas Yorl - October 24, 2008

Howdy McGoo & Weasel!

I guess the wordpress people finally got me unstuck from whatever quasi-hell I was in. Maybe they read my limerick and got motivated.

4. S. Weasel - October 28, 2008

Heh. I got the Big Red Hand when I hit the button. I didn’t realize the comment went through anyway.

No wonder you knew I’d been here…

5. geoff - October 29, 2008

I swear your trees look almost the same upside down as right side up. They must be from a planet with weak gravity. Or maybe they’re Silent Running trees.

In any case, they’re definitely cool.

I recently bought a concert DVD of Armin Van Buuren. It’s called Imagine, and it’s pretty durn good. The first 14:30 are bypassable, but then you’ve got pretty smooth sailing until about 1:55:00. You might give it a try.

6. kevlarchick - November 9, 2008

Dishwasher safe?

7. Enas Yorl - November 9, 2008

Of course!


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