How to Make a Glazed Wall Plate

Decorate your walls with plates that shimmer with a crystalline ceramic glazing technique.
hclvr257_3final2

hclvr257_3final2

Materials and Tools:

potter's wheel
clay
scale
water
cutting wire
sponges
pre-made plaster hump mold
metal ribs
trimming tool
paintbrushes
pre-mixed glaze
glaze bottles
kiln (electric or fuel)
cones
hanging wire

Steps:

1. Cut six pounds of clay with a cutting wire to make a 15-inch plate. 

2. Wedge it for 15 seconds to soften the clay and make it pliable.

3. Wet the plaster mold with water using a sponge. 

4. Throw the clay on the mold, wet the clay with water (spritzing with your fingers) and begin to cone the plate.

5. Apply pressure on the outside of the clay to cause it to go up (coning). This process makes the clay more consistent and helps the potter center the clay.

6. Form the foot by pressing into the clay in two places, creating an indentation. Squeeze the excess clay with your fingers and round off to form the foot. Spread the clay out to cover the plaster bat using the palm of the right hand and pushing down while simultaneously moving out.

7. Spread the clay out to cover the surface of the plaster a little at a time. Before you get to the desired size of the plate, leave enough clay to form the foot.

8. Once the foot is shaped, finish spreading the clay out to desired size and undercut the outer edge.

9. Remove the plaster from the wheel and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

10. Remove the plate from the plaster and place it right side up on the potter's wheel.

11. Slowly spin the wheel and center the pot by holding the foot. Trim the edge of the pot with a trimming tool.

12. Clean the edge of the pot with a damp sponge.

13. Allow the pot to dry for three days and then bisque fire to cone 04.

14. Glaze bisque the pot using the potter's wheel, brushes and glaze bottles. Note: Glaze the bottom of the piece first. Use this technique:

  • Center the pot on the wheel and squeeze glaze out of the bottle while spreading it with a brush.
  • Move gradually with both glaze bottle and brush until the surface is fully glazed.

15. High fire the wall plate to cone 11 in an oxidation atmosphere using a crystalline glaze firing profile. You can do this in an electric or fuel kiln.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make Magnets From Old License Plates

Break out the tin snips and learn how to repurpose colorful old license plates into handy magnets for your fridge or message board.

How to Make a Modern Grid Wall Organizer

It's time to clean up the clutter with this chic DIY grid wall organizer.

How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

Make tomato juice at home without separation anxiety.

How to Make Dill Pickles

A dill pickle recipe that keeps the dilly punch in the crunch.

How to Make Fig Preserves

Whole fruit canning just got a little sweeter.

How to Remove Wall-to-Wall Carpet

Rid your room of all traces of dated wall-to-wall carpet following these simple steps.

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Make Wedding Confetti Cones

Adorn wedding reception chairs with these sweet confetti cones so guests can celebrate the bride and groom as they leave for their honeymoon.

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.

How to Make a Tea Bag

Make morning tea extra special with a handmade tea bag filled with a delicious herbal blend and a special love note

On TV

Raise the Roof

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

Good Bones

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

Good Bones

1am | 12c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.