Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ugly Ceramic Plate

Did a child make this? This ceramic plate was my largest, as well as last, make at the ceramic workshop in Zurich circa 2009: a gift to friend Jason and his wife Nao. This plate was to be made out in time as a wedding gift. I imprinted their names "Jason & Naoko, Naoko & Jason", alphabet by alphabet. Good job, I said to my spatial visualisation.

Not pleased, though, was the outcome of the glaze. The underside of the dish came out nicely, but as for the topside, which I felt was more important, did not. If the spotty light green glaze had been less dilute, the red clay would not been exposed. The center glaze was a "kaleidoscopic" mix and I had envisioned a greater variety of colours to reveal in the kiln.

That's the unpredictable nature of ceramics and glaze, I guess. This plate did eventually make its way, very ironically, to Japan -- the land of master potters and superb pottery.


  1. I'm sorry your plate didn't turn out as your hoped. I think is a lovely present to have given your friends and I'm sure they treasure it. I much prefer home made things to something bought from the shops.
    Sarah x

  2. Although the plate didn't turn out as you'd like it, I think its "imperfections" make it special. Any handmade gift is especially unique and special to have. :)

  3. I like it! It does not look bad at all! It is unique and special! I understand the frustration though, my mum used to run a craft store with ceramics and she was sometimes a bit of a nervous wreck when the oven was going! :)

  4. I usually skip over the craft stuff when it appears in my RSS feed, but I immediately recognized MY plate!

    I use this daily - It's near my front door, storing my Japanese seal, some coins, sunglasses, lip balm. It was/is a lovely present. I don't know what it was supposed to be, but I think it looks great, and I like that it was handmade.

  5. Such a unique and special gift! You should certainly give ceramics another go. Ceramic and pottery crafts are fascinating! I should try to take some classes in Zurich next year, if my German improves :D


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