Plate making workshop part 2, decorating ceramic plates


Clay is great for picking up the most delicate detail. Use textured materials such as sacking or lace, corrugated cardboard, mesh produce bags, or found objects such as wood blocks, leaves and ferns and gently roll or press your chosen pattern into a thin slab of  clay. Peel away before you place the clay on your paper plates the way I described in my previous post.

You can also use plaster sprig molds to create small animals, shells or other figures to decorate your plates and make a set of plates held together with a common theme.


Bernard Palissy was famous for using sprig molds of fish, lizards, frogs and other creatures in his highly decorated plates!

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About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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