Friday, February 11, 2011

5 intermediate projects to jazz up your kitchen

1. French Butter Dish/ Butter Bell

For a video tutorial that explains how to throw one of these butter dishes,  click here

2. "Standard" Butter Dish (Wheel-thrown or Hand-built)
 If you are interested in making a circular butter dish on the pottery wheel, here is a three-part tutorial from Simon Leach Pottery. For a tutorial on how to throw the base click here, to make the "lid"click here,  for finishing and trimming click here.

If you would like to try something hand-built with a few more angles, these textured slab butter dishes are pretty awesome.  There is a step by step tutorial in a book at the studio if you would like more info.

3. Berry Bowl/ Colander
This is a cute and versatile form depending on the size you make it. 

4. Fluted or Carved Pie Dish
Hand-made pie dishes are the best.  You can custom tailor them to the diameter/depth of pie that you prefer.  Here are a couple of pretty examples.

5. Stamped or Carved Serving Platter-Handbuilt
Make a small set of these beauties to serve up your side dishes or appetizers OR build a bigger one to hold a main dish. This is a great project for hand-builders!
slab-rolled and carved

slab rolled and shaped over a slump mold.

slab rolled and stamped.

slab rolled over french lace for texture

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