Your 1st mission:
You are going to create two plates.
These plates will be the 1st lesson of a larger unit, where you will create a plates, a bowl and a mug.
In the Unit you will be graded on if your set looks like a set. Do they look like they belong together, or do they just look awkward. So choose wisely on your color schemes and designs.
With the production of your dishes, you will learn all the basic forms of construction in the medium of ceramics.
For example you will learn the hand-building techniques of:
and you will learn how to use the wheels to make pottery.
How to make your plate? You ask....
Well, you got two choices.
You can do it the old fashioned way with two sticks and a roller.
You can use the slab roller.
After making your slab, you can use a paper plate as a template. You will then use a pin tool.
To cut around the plate to make a circle.
Then you can place your clay plate in the paper plate to help form a lip to your plate.
Bag it and let it get leather hard.
Now it is time to start thinking about, how you want to decorate your plate....
In order to decorate your plates we will be using underglazes while the clay is still green and leather hard.
Underglazes are basically dyed liquid clays. They are not glazes!
Remember you are going to have to coordinate your designs, so choose color schemes and designs carefully so it is something you want to continue to work with.
Once you have painted your designs, we will bisque fire your plates.
We will then clear glaze them and fire them again, so you can use them.
Remember you should always handwash your custom plate, dishwashers may break them.