Sushi Plates!

1st was Pinch Pots!, 2nd was Face Jugs!, 3rd assignment for beginners ceramics was sushi plates (flat plates w/rails to elevate them) made from clay slabs. Decorated w/ only slip and transparent glaze. All the colors you see on these plates is slip.
  1. Black slip with a white slip brush stroke over it. I wasn't thrilled with this. The white slip isn't opaque enough. My teacher said is probably would have worked better if I had reversed the colors as the black slip is more opaque. The darker part in the photo is my reflection and shadow
    Also my brush stroke was only OK. It's not bad. But I probably should have practiced it more before I did it on the plate. It's all about the muscle memory of the stroke.
  2. Experimenting a little with texture. The green brush stroke didn't quite work out the way I wanted it to. This sort of thing requires fearlessness with the brush. You can see the hesitation in my stroke here.
  3. Totally straightforward simple plate. I wanted to play a little with the texture of the canvas I used when I made my clay slab. It's really subtle. Also it looks like a ceramic piece of denim. And, you can't see it but this plate is significantly thinner than the others. I wanted to see how thin I could make the slabs without warping the slabs.
    The darker part in the photo is my reflection and shadow. Also spoiler alert: the plate warped a lot.
  4. This is a technique called sgraffito. You coat the plate in colored slip then carve away to reveal the underlying contrasting clay. It's not super successful since the lines are really thin and you can't see the clay underneath much. But it's not a bad looking plate overall. The darker part in the photo is my reflection and shadow.
    I might end up using this as a trivet. But my partner AJ recently use it for sushi and it was cute! So glad to know it works on that level as well.
  5. This is a combo of a bunch of techniques. I used a stencil to create the rectangle of blue slip on the plate. I used sgraffito to draw the lines on the blue slip. And I used "slip trailing" to create the raised white dots on the plate.
    My teacher liked the texture of this one so much that he actually picked it up and rubbed it on his face. Which was weird but since my teacher is one of those ex-hippie pottery guys, not super surprising. I brought it home and immediately washed it.
  6. This was another sgraffito plate. Again I probably should have carved larger to get more contrast.
    It's a shiny and consistent black all across the plate. That darker part you see if my reflection in the plate.
  7. This is my favorite one. Probably because it took the longest for me to make. It's a technique called Mishima or Sangam or inlay. Basically you let your clay get leather hard then you carve into it. Then you fill the carved areas with slip paste. Let it dry to bone dry and sand it down to just show the carved area that have been filled with slip.
    It's a time consuming process but I like it because it creates a really clean flat surface with the potential for super detailed design. Again the darker part in the photo is my reflection and shadow
  8. Next up (and final assignment): Wheel Thrown Pottery!