Hand Building Projects

by - February 04, 2013

After two cycles of predominantly wheel-thrown pieces, I've returned to hand building. Since I can do it at the kitchen table, it is perfect for these days when the garage is too cold.

Later this month, I'm helping throw a birthday party for a friend, and we are making spoon rests. To prepare, I've been practicing and looking for good textures to use ... and gluing the letters back on my rubber stamps. Yesterday, I went to the flea market in search of crocheted doilies and landed this lovely one. The thread is a stiff and not too absorbent, so it is working great with the clay.

Desert Plates Using Doilies and Kitchen Bowls

I created a set of 5" dessert plates today. Here's a free tip - use a paper towel between the plate or bowl and the clay if you drape the plates over a slick or non-absorbent form. Otherwise, the clay will stick to the surface and become stressed while drying. I managed to loosen these with some prying and a heat gun (affiliate link), but it would have been best to let them dry slowly and shrink evenly.


handbuilt ceramic dessert plates 

handbuilt ceramic dessert plates

handbuilt ceramic soap dish

Ceramic Spoons from Molds


While I've been browsing Pinterest for spoon rest ideas, I've come across ceramic spoons and a blog by Jeanette Zeis on how to make them. I have these three little wood spoons that came with a cutting board, so I used them to make molds.

hand made ceramic spoon mold

hand made ceramic spoon

I've since put together two posts on how to make spoons:
Pulling Spoons: http://www.lovesown.com/2016/01/pulling-spoons.html
Spoon molds: http://www.lovesown.com/2013/02/making-spoons-from-mold-pictorial.html

My Etsy site has been updated with a few herb spoon rests and many other fun items.

Need spoons for your pottery projects? There is a fun list I've put together in my Amazon affiliate store. Purchases made through my affiliate links give me a small commission to help run this blog, but don't cost you any extra.

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9 comments

  1. oh man, you should make dessert plates with the lace and with ferns, herbs, etc pressed into them. they could layer with pretty much any dinner plate! excited to see the spoons!

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    1. I haven't tried a texture collage yet. One thing at a time or I may explode.

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  2. Such amazing! what a wonderful idea

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  3. How did you glaze the spoons? Is the whole underside not glazed or what? I have wanted to make spoons before, but I am unsure how I would glaze them to make it work the best.

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    1. I've mainly used the straight line stilts but have also tried the three pronged ones under the bowl of the spoon. I probably fire at cone 4 or 5 and haven't had too much trouble with slumping, although someone once told me that at cone 6 their spoons would bend in the middle. You could add an extra stilt to support the middle. http://www.bigceramicstore.com/kilns/kiln-furniture/stilts.html

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  4. Have you tried putting holes in your smaller spoons and putting them on your bead tree? Would the wire support them?

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    1. I have not, and they are too tall for my bead tree.

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  5. Do you glaze the entire bottom of the desert plates?

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    1. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. If I do, I use kiln stilts to prop up the plate and keep it from sticking to the kiln shelf. I also make sure the glaze isn't so thick that it will drip.

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