Select Series: Plates, Platters, & Bowls

From a large platter intended to be hung on a wall to a small treat bowl, and everything in between, there is no end to the creative expression possible with plates, platters, and bowls. Part of the Ceramic Arts Select Series, this book is a testament...(Scroll down for more.)

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Softcover | 87 Pages
Order code B161 | ISBN 978-1-57498-380-7

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…to that variety. Each edition of the Ceramic Arts Select Series focuses on specific related forms and presents some of the best examples of how contemporary artists are exploring, innovating, and celebrating those forms.

Plates, Platters, & Bowls, features twenty in-depth, step-by-step projects. With both wheel-thrown and handbuilt examples, you’ll find solutions for common problems like how to throw a large platter or bowl without breaking your back. But you’ll also find unusual and innovative interpretations on these classic forms such as asymmetrical handbuilt bowls that are folded like origami and arranged together as sculptural explorations of geometry. This volume is a perfect balance of practical information and thought-provoking inspiration and is a must for anyone interested in strengthening their work and expanding their creative expression.


Footed Slab Plates by Liz Zlot Summerfield

figure02Feet can be problematic on a slab built plate. In this chapter, you’ll learn how to make a one-piece foot for a slab plate and how to center it perfectly!

Voluminous Handbuilt Platter by Ben Carter

figure-03_2Here’s an inventive way to make a non-round platter with an undulating rim! Ben Carter makes this mold with insulating foam board, and creates the lovely rim with sewn fabric pouches.

Thrown Handled Platters by Mike Guassardo

guassardo_011Throwing handles for forms is not the most common handle-making technique, but it can really make a wheel thrown piece look cohesive. Mike Guassardo explains how he throws handles for his large thrown platters to really tie the aesthetic together.

Full-Texture Platter by Annie Chrietzberg

wilson02There is something so satisfying about squishing something into clay! Annie Chrietzberg explains how Lana Wilson uses bisque stamps, textured materials, rolling, and paddling to create layered texture on her work.

Large Patterned Platters by Christina Bryer

figure-09A lover of geometry, it’s natural that geometric patterning would make its way into Christina Bryer’s work. Here, she explains how she creates amazing patterns on her work.

Slip Inlaid Plates by Robert Strasser

03strasser-4Once he started experimenting with what he calls wet slip inlay, Robert Strasser was hooked. Similar to traditional techniques, Robert explains his contemporary approach in this chapter!

Marbled Platters by Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter

erickson_07newSimilar to Robert Strasser’s technique, Michelle Erickson and Robert Hunter explain the process of making a traditional Staffordshire-style marbled slipware dish. Super cool!

Big Platters the Easy Way by Yoko Sekino-Bové

ysbphoto06Think you need big muscles to make big plates? Not if you follow YokoSekino-Bové’s excellent tips. Yoko explains how to easily throw a huge platter using 25 pounds of clay!

Large Platters with Altered Rims by Samuel L. Hoffman

figure46Large platters can be prone to cracking and warping. Samuel Hoffman gives some great trimming tips to help you avoid these pitfalls when working with large altered-rim platters.

Split-Rim Bowl by Emily Donahoe

01_jaegerIt’s all in the details! Sarah Jaeger makes some sweet little details on her bowls including a split rim. In this chapter, Emily Donahoe explains how she makes this little detail and others, plus how she glazes to enhance them.


Laid-Out Bowl by Jared Zehmer

05zehmerbowlWant to make large wide bowls without the worry of them collapsing or slumping? Jared Zehmer shows you a surprisingly simple technique for doing just that!

Upside-down bowl by Martina Lantin

lantin_figure02Martina turns bowl making upside down with this super creative project. By throwing the base of the bowl upside down and throwing a rim separately, you can come up with interestingly shaped large serving bowls.

Large Nesting Bowls by Courtney Murphy

10murphyCourtney wanted to make large nesting bowls with gently curved bottoms but worried about slumping in the kiln. She solved this problem by creating bisque molds, which she builds and fires the pieces in.

Expanded Faceting by Hank Murrow

img_2563-copyAfter watching another potter facet bowls during the throwing process instead of at leather hard, Hank Murrow experimented and created his own process, which he explains here.

Bowls: From Circle to Square by Andrea Marquis

07vhoey_11_20140609-img_5913Ann Van Hoey describes her work as the “marriage between the circle and the square.” Here Andrea Marquis describes her fascinating process, which involves press molding and some giant scissors!


Block Molded Bowl by Tom Quest

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATom uses wooden stamps and a hump mold to make this beautifully textured bowl. He shares some great tips on working with wooden tools, using homemade templates as resists for stamped decoration, and making a homemade texture tool using a textured nylon stocking. Great ideas in this one!

Hump Molded Oval Bowl by Elisa Helland-Hansen

elisahelland-hansenElisa explains how she adorns her hump-molded pots with coils for a simple and strong impact. She also gives great tips for working with large plaster hump molds, including the addition of angled finger holes to make removing the heavy mold a breeze.

Clover Dish With Slumped Bottom by Joe Singewald

joesingewaldMaking slump molds out of plywood creates endless possibilities for custom pottery shapes, like Joe’s clover dish. Joe explains his low tech process, including using a “pocket slab roller” to roll slabs.

Altered Porcelain Bowl by Antoinette Badenhorst

antoinettebadenhorstAntoinette makes her delicate porcelain vessels by alternating active working and resting of the porcelain over a six-week period. She shares all of her secrets to success with this challenging material in this chapter!

Splash Bowls by Aysha Peltz

Image #14Aysha was captivated by the “elegance with which the iconic photograph Milk Drop Coronet, by Doc Edgerton ( arrests a moment in time” and realized that the exposure of clay to fire does a similar thing. Hence, her Splash Bowls were born. Learn her compelling process here!

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