Wow they're so pretty! Did you make these with a slab pressing the clay into a mould?
Exactly, it involves a slab, a mold, and a few stamps. Glad you like them!
I'm new to the blog, but I'm really liking your stuff!
I've been thinking about how to make slab plates with stamped images in the inside, but I'm having trouble wrapping my head around it.
I love the way you layered stamps on these, but I can't figure out if you're stamping the slab before putting it on/in the mold, or after!
thinking about my plates, I think that if I stamp the slab before sitting it in a slump mold, I can't figure out how to shape the curve of the plate without distorting the image, but if I stamp after, how do I stamp a curved surface!
I guess I'm thinking out loud here (thanks for the patience), but if you have any ideas, I'd appreciate them!
Jimena in Costa Rica
Jimena, most of the stamps are applied before the little dish is placed on the mold (a hump mold). I press the clay against the mold, but try not to press to hard so I don't flatten out the image. Then the last stamp is applied after I remove the dish from the mold (the very center of the flower design, it looks like little spokes, plus a tiny circle with three dots in the middle) so at least that part of the design is nice and crisp. The very center of the dish is supposed to be flat anyways, so I am not stamping a curved surface. Hope this helps!
stamping before and after! neat!
that might be an idea to try...
thanks for the help, and I've really been enjoying your blog!
I like the pottery you are doing. But I'm more interested in your basement studio. Could you possibly expand on what you have there? Thanks
The studio was renovated about two years after this blog post was written. Here are the before + after pics:
Mea Rhee (mee-uh ree),the potter behind Good Elephant Pottery
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