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Cocktail Hour

I thought I had text on this email post but blogger being blogger….maybe it is time to check out wordpress…all the cool kids are doing it.

Anyways, a few of these will probably end up as soap dishes but they’re meant for the table.  They’re small and thrown off of the hump…something I rarely do.  I guess I’m continuing to go square with everything.  I have some dinner sized ones to be trimmed and decorated tomorrow.  I’ll probably call them “tapas plates” so people know that they’re meant for food or snacks.  

I’m slowly getting a groove going in the studio and when I have something larger or more significant going on in there I’ll post it.  Hopefully the pots and posts will start flowing a little more smoothly soon.

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Posted in plates on 01/14/2009 03:41 am


  1. These look great. I like your slip design.
    What’s your method for squaring?

  2. I like the one with the 9 squares, reminds me of windows.

  3. Patricia Griffin

    These are sweet!

  4. Thanks all…it’s nice to finally get a picture of pots up…even if they’re only about 4-5 inches across.

    judy, i don’t know if i have a method for squaring them as this is the first time i’ve tried this. right after forming the dish, i took a mudcutter tool and cut it into a roughly square shape. i then took my sponge and cleaned it up a little. cut off…dry and trim on a chuck. i’m making a few larger ones today so i’ll try to take some pics.

  5. brandon phillips

    i was starting to wonder if you had abandoned pottery. i love these plates, good shape and deco. i used to make lots of square plates, i made a template from mat board and cut the plates at soft leatherhard and then set them on a chuck to trim them.

  6. Judy Shreve

    Thanks for the tips Keith & Brandon — I made a template of sorts to use as a guide until I get the hang of it. I'd love to see more pictures. I know I just need to do it & get comfortable with my cuts.

  7. When I’ve made square plates I trim them first then turn them over and mark four opposing points. I then connect these with a straight edge and cut with a chesse cutter.(wire type) Sometimes I’d put a bit of a curve in the ‘straight’ side, like Keith has here. The trick is to not trim the wall too thin, or then the edges look funny.

  8. Thanks Ron – you guys are great!

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