It has taken me a while to get inspired to post as I have been busy getting going again after my trip to Japan. Yesterday I unpacked the kiln and was pleased with the new design of serving dish I had made. The top is a slab of clay, rolled out using my slab roller, with a cloth texture and stamped decoration on the edges. I like the colour contrast and the way the textures work together.
Today I put it to the test, to make a good looking lunch platter for an Italian journalist who was coming to lunch.
With some soup and home-made bread, a few left over bits and pieces I had in the fridge turned into a respectable kind of lunch.
The key elements were really the serving dish itself and some lovely fresh small-leaf watercress which provided the backdrop to the other ingredients.
The serving dish has a thrown foot ring.
The thrown foot ring is pushed into shape when soft and left to firm up before attaching to the slab, when both are leather-hard.
The thrown foot ring seems to support the slab better than feet which I have used before and the dish was less prone to warping.
I feel inspired now to make more of these type of serving dishes - trying some larger ones and maybe other shapes. Also to use it for some more adventurous ingredients.