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03 June 2011

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Suzonne

Hi Diane - I've made dishes but none of them are food safe. They only way to do that, I'm afraid, is with a kiln (and with regular pottery clay). This is just one of those projects that's good for decorative pieces. Any ceramics studios in your area that you can pay to fire for you?

Diane

Love this. I have been working with firing clay for about a year now and I love it, however I don't access to a kiln. Someone suggested I try air-dry clay. I can actually throw this on my wheel but didn't know how to glaze. I was doing a search and came across this blog and I love this! I plan on using making some plates. I know you have said you have made dishes, but how do you make them food safe?

Zielonymyszak.blogspot.com

Wow :) they are really amazing :)

Suzonne

Diane, I believe that I did use both the glaze and the varnish. But in projects I've done since then, I actually prefer the clay without varnish. It's up to you whether you want a matte or shiny finish - I'm a matte person, myself.

Diane Ugo

Did you use both glaze and varnish on each piece?

Suzonne

Claudete, you only need the forms to lay the clay naturally on them. Here's what I do (I'm going to use a shallow bowl as an example):

1. I roll out the clay onto a non-stick clay mat (maybe about 1/8-inch thick)

2. I put the shallow bowl face down onto the piece of clay and then cut around the edge of the bowl with an X-acto knife (so that my circle of clay is the same size as the outer rim of the bowl).

3. I put the bowl down on the table, lift my clay circle from the mat, then gently lay it into the bowl. Gravity pulls the bottom of the clay down to form the shape of the bowl and the bowl supports the clay while it is drying. After the clay has set (for a number of hours), then I it out of the bowl so that the bottom can finish drying.

So really, you're mostly using the forms to support the clay while it's drying. I hope that helps! Have fun!

austinseoexpert.net

Great article, totally what I needed.

Claudete May

I know someone else already asked this question: which kind of "forms" (plates, bowls, coasters. items that we have around the house)can be used to form the pieces and the clay should be pressed into it (a plate for example) or the clay lay naturally into it. LOVE ALL THE PIECES you have done. Went out bought supplies (but DAS brand of clay it seems a bit too hard for my hands, got something else recommended by Michaels' employee. Can't wait to make some pieces. Please let me know what kind of dishes/pieces should I use for "mold" Thanks a Million! A Brazilian fan.

Kathy Mc

The textures are great...in reading the article everything is air dried and painted with varnish. So, these aren't food safe, as 'Greg' referenced above. Need specific clay body, high fire glazes and a kiln. But, they are great for coin collectors or cover with towels to serve breads and things. I guess it's one more reason that handmade pottery costs more.

Suzonne

Schea - Thank you! You can follow the link in this post to get complete directions from Family Circle.com, but as an overview, I turned the bowls or plates upside down on a piece of clay and used a clay knife to trim the clay to size. Then I placed the dish right side up, lifted the clay with my hands or a spatula, and gently placed it inside of the corresponding dish. After that, gravity pretty much takes over and the clay molds itself to the shape of the foundation piece underneath. Only after it feels mostly dry did I remove it from the dish and turn it over so the back side could dry.

Schea82

I love this idea! How do you get to make their shape? Do you press the clay in the dishes or just place it and let it settle into the shape?

Suzonne

Wansa, it depends on the clay you're using. DAS, the brand I used for these projects, is specifically air-dry and that's exactly what I did. Have fun!

Wansa McGhee

Hi, Do these have to be baked or just air dried? They don't have to go into a kiln do they?

Suzonne

Thanks, Laura. I appreciate that! And you should try it - not at all difficult and so much fun! The possibilities are just endless. (See this link for clay dishes that I made over the winter) -

http://urbancomfort.typepad.com/urban_nest/2011/12/evergreen-imprinted-clay-dishes.html

Laura

This looks absolutely amazing! I am so glad to have stumbled across your post and I look forward to giving this a try myself. :) I shared your link at http://creativityunmasked.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/six-for-saturday-or-sunday.html

Lena

Oh so fine - i really want to start making it. I have made some littel boxes out of clay myself... Its a wonderfull thing to work with. If you want you can see Them on pinterest.

lisa bdidi

Hi I there are recipes on pin interest to make your own air dry clay,.
the ingredients are, cornflour, or cornstarch, oil, vinegar and 1 other ingredient.

lisa B

internodiciotto

wow i love this totally! it's a lovely diy for gifts as well, such a lovely idea!

Bikram Miami

These are all very pretty

Grace

I just stumbled upon your site, and these are simply beautiful! I can't believe how much you did in one day. I definitely want to try this out, though I am a little nervous since I have never really used clay before.

Procrastination Free Living

Its so neat in my eyes!!! so clean its great to collect it!! I like it so much!!! good day and GOD BLESS!!!!

Cecilia

I found your blog by chance,
THIS is a really great idea!
I think I'll try to make some little plates with leaves texture! I loved yours! :)
Thank you for sharing
Cecilia

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I like this idea. I'll try to use the leavse for making interesting pictures.

mel mccarthy

So beautiful. The woodgrain texture is just WOW

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