How to Make a Platter with a Simple Template

This clip was excerpted from Simple Elegance: Slab Building & Glaze Color Exploration, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

For a couple of years now, I have been trying to make the switch from wheel throwing to handbuilding so I am always on the hunt for slab pottery ideas. Recently, I have been looking obsessively for ceramic platter ideas. I know how to make a platter on the pottery wheel, but with limited time in the studio, I really need to come up with a ceramic slab project that I can repeat again and again.

In today’s video clip, an excerpt from her video Simple Elegance: Slab Building & Glaze Color Exploration, Birdie Boone shares a plate-making technique in which she uses a simple oval template (but you could use any shape really) to make an elegant piece of slab pottery. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


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  • Excellent video, makes a wonderful change from the long boring videos that some potters make, that send viewers to sleep before they reach the bones or interesting bits of the video.

    An interesting technique – well done

  • I love the foot treatment and will definitely use it for my platters. I have been making slab platters for years by slab rolling a large piece of clay, draping it over my bisqued hump mold which I made years ago. Then I use a large window squeegee to compress, starting from the far side of the foot area and pressing it into the clay while I draw it toward me. I turn the banding wheel a little and continue around several times until it is evenly compressed. This eliminates the need for the seam on the inside of the platter. I learned this squeegee tip while at a pottery conference years ago and it’s changed the way I do slab work- faster, simpler and much more even. When the pot’s leather hard , I turn it over and finish the top edge.
    Thanks for the great video!

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