How to Make a Flower-Shaped Teaspoon Rest
Display a teaspoon on a flower-shaped clay rest.
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Materials and Tools:
clay (a very plastic hybrid of white stoneware and porcelain clays)
underglazes in various commercial colors
clay tools: ribs, loop, wooden shapers, rubber-tipped shaping tool
pointed wooden tool
ware boards (made from drywall board)
drill with paint mixer
3-inch plastic circle template
fine-tip squeeze bottle
dipping tongs and bucket for clear glaze
1. Roll out a slab of clay onto a canvas with a rolling pin, using thickness sticks to keep the slab even.
2. Smooth the clay with a rubber rib tool.
3. Turn the clay out onto a ware board. Smooth the clay again with the rib tool.
4. Using a 3-inch-diameter plastic circle template, mark the clay circle on the slab for the spoon rest.
5. Draw a flower design inside the circle with a pointed wooden tool.
6. Carve out the marked design with a small loop tool.
7. Cut around the design with a fettling knife, and remove the excess clay.
8. Smooth the edges of the clay with your fingers and a damp sponge. Shape the spoon rest in the palm of your hand.
9. Draw the petal detail in the clay with a rubber-tipped shaping tool.
10. Let the clay dry and harden for several hours.
11. Apply underglazes to the surface with paintbrushes¾the color of your choice for the petals and black for the center of the flower.
12. Use a fine-tipped squeeze bottle to apply dark purple glaze to the ridges between the petals.
13. Bisque-fire the lovely in the kiln. Let cool.
14. Using glazing tongs, dip the lovely into clear glaze.
15. Fire the spoon rest in the kiln again. Let cool.
Meg Spielman Peldo makes a ceramic platter, breaks it, then reassembles it to create this work of art.