Hand Building Project: Lace Imprint Casserole

by - January 30, 2017

One of the simplest and most rewarding clay pieces I make is a lace imprint casserole dish. This particular piece is eventually headed to my brother.

Steps to creating a lace imprint casserole dish:

  • I took a Pyrex style glass casserole dish and created a plaster mold from it. Be prepared that due to shrinking in the kiln, the piece you end up creating from a plaster mold will be smaller than the original piece it is cast from.
  • I rolled out a slab of clay with a rolling pin, then draped the clay over the mold and used a combination of patting with my hand and stroking with a damp sponge to shape it around the corners without creating folds in the clay. 
  • I trimmed off the excess clay with a needle tool and softened up the edges with the damp sponge.
  • After positioning a crochet lace doily exactly where I wanted it, I pressed it into the clay with a pony roller, making sure not to get wrinkles in the doily and then carefully lifted the doily off the clay.
  • I attached handles and let the clay firm up before attempting to remove it from the mold and smooth out edges. If I take a piece off too soon, I'm likely to warp the bottom. 
  • After bisque firing the piece, I brushed on watered down under glaze over the imprint and use a wet rag to wipe off the flat surface so that color only remains in the imprint. 
  • I then brushed on celadon glaze. 
  • I propped up the piece on kiln stilts to fire it. A pair of straight line kiln stilts works best as it keeps the bottom flat. I may have used little tripods for this piece as it had some wobble after the glaze firing.


Tools for the project:



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2 comments

  1. I just love this .Please continue this lovely blogg.Your tips are some of the best ever given.Thank you.
    I'm not proffesional but have been working with clay for the last seven years and apart from owning a kiln I know my stuff. Clay has become my life and it's wonderful !!!!

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    1. Valerie, that is so encouraging and kind of you to say! Thanks!

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