Saturday, January 7, 2017

Flexible Flyer Platter Molds

While visiting my friend, Malley Weber, at her new teaching studio, I saw the greatest idea! Check this out:
That's plaster, in a Flexible Flyer! What a great way to make a large platter mold. Alternatively, if you aren't into plaster in the studio, you could use the Flyer itself, with some cooking spray or a length of fabric, as a slump mold.

As it turns out, this form will be used to make wall pieces for an upcoming show at the Harlow Gallery - practically right across the street from Malley's new space. Which, BTW, is an absolutely fabulous studio. This is me right now:


Students glazing
Check it out:

If you are looking for pottery classes in the Augusta/ Hallowell area, Hallowell Clayworks is the place to be. Click here for more info, or check out the Facebook page.

In the meantime, Flexible Flyers are easy to find this time of year! Time to start cranking our some slab-built platters. (Building that large, remember to obsessively compress! Sorry, it's automatic, couldn't stop myself.)
Malley, mixing glazes

Hanging the sign

The fabulous space!


smartcat said...

What a great idea. I use plastic birdbaths for slump molds, but never thought of using flexible fliers or flying saucers for molds. Benny's here I come! :)

Lori Watts said...

Birdbaths are a great idea, too! Actually I might use the Flyer to MAKE a birdbath...I need one.

smartcat said...

Two birds with one stone? Or, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

DirtKicker Pottery said...

I like using plaster molds too. I hope you will share your big platter making process.
The clay studio is awesome. I visited the website. Very cool stuff happening there.

Lori Watts said...

Cindy - Good idea! I'll do a post when I start making the big ones.

Unknown said...

What a super idea the Flexible Flyer is! I will look for a saucer too. I have had plans and had been thinking how to produce the large saucer shape when along came your post. Timely!

Linda Starr said...

I don't know what a flexible flyer is other than a frizbee, but what a great idea, you are so creative.

Lori Watts said...

A flexible flyer is a sled! I should have specified, it makes sense that people from warm areas wouldn't know. I never would have thought of it myself, Malley is a genius.

The Wynhill Potter said...

I have also used a defunct DirecTV dish for those that aren't in snow country.

Lori Watts said...

What a great idea! Another good one I just read is an old wok. Those come in AMAZING sizes, I saw one almost three feet across. Finding an old one is the challenge.