Humpback Platters September 26 2013, 3 Comments

I just spent two days working at Alexis Templeton's studio in St. John's, forming a series of Humpback Whale platters.  Alexis is wonderful to work with, and we are planning more collaborative work to come.  When these pieces are ready for sale, they'll be available exclusively at her studio and mine.

A slab of clay is made the desired size...

The printing plate is pressed into the clay slab, and the surplus clay trimmed off the edges...

The piece is transferred to a drying board, and the printing plate is peeled off, revealing the imprint of the linocut design in the clay slab...
 

The printed clay slab...

The clay has the corners rolled up, forming the shape of a platter, and the wet platters are put away to dry very slowly.

There is still lots to do to complete these platters, but my biggest input is done.  We have 26 of them drying at the moment.  When they are ready, they will be bisque fired, then glazed, and fired again.  Alexis is a master of glaze work, and I'm excited to see what she does with these!  Check back in a few weeks to see how they turned out!