Saturday, April 7, 2012

"For People Who Don't Like to Center"

My Students Are Awesome, Alumni Edition:

A former student, Maya Jaafar, dropped in to class a couple of weeks ago, and she was making the coolest little dishes! I asked her to show the class what she was doing, and she told us, "This is for people who don't like to center." Here's how it works:

Take a ball of clay, between 1/2 a pound and 1 pound - Captain Obvious says, More clay for a bigger dish! - and flatten it into a thick disc. Press this to the wheelhead.

With a rolling pin, roll the disc out into a roughly round shape, about 3/16 inch in thickness.

Now impress this stuck-down slab with a texture. I have rollers for this purpose but anything will do.

Using a needle tool and the turning of the wheel, cut away any irregularities to the circle. I cut away far more than I needed to for this one; making future dishes, I only had about 1/4 inch extra all the way around.

Run your needle or wooden knife under the outer 1/2 inch or so if the textured circle, pushing it upward to make a shallow wall. Then smooth the edges with a sponge or chamois. You will need to cut the dish off the wheel, the same as if you had thrown it.

And voilĂ : little spoon rests, saucers and pet dishes. Simple, sweet, and neat. I learn so much from students! Maya also writes a blog, called Maya Makes Things. Check it out!


Shannon said...

I'm going to try that. So excited! Thanks for the inspiration.

DirtKicker Pottery said...

LOL.. That's great :)

Sue Pariseau Pottery said...

What a great way to make a little dish. Thanks for sharing.

- Cindy - said...

That's so simple, yet you awesomely easy/effective. Why didn't I think of that??

Hollis Engley said...

That's pretty cool, Lori.

Laura said...

great project!