Some variations on a theme, 6″ plates and 4″ coasters with the image stamped into the surface then painted and glazed in various ways, using “Bath” and “Three Cats Looking”. This is going to develop into something interesting!
Starting with the idea of the original “Three Cats Looking” trinket dishes and coasters I’d wanted to impress the stamp again but this time without ink, using some decorative panting on the surface. When I made the “Trees of the Trail” coasters I really liked how the white washes turned out, both catching in the grooves impressed from each leaf and also lightly coating the surface, giving them a patina that added to the dimension.
I also wanted to use the stamp I’d had made for “Bath” which I’d used on the Japanese lacquer-inspired trinket dishes as well.
I started out with a coat or two of rich red orange and a deep bright purple, then washed a few coats of the white over it, getting it to catch in the grooves left by the stamp.
I like the designs with two colors, but I also like the single colors as well.
Because they are handmade and shaping, stamping and drying changes their dimensions, they are not uniform in size, shape or thickness, but that makes each one unique.
I’m looking forward to more variations on dishes like these. There are so many possibilities I’m almost overwhelmed, but not so much that I can’t make plans.
So what do you use them for?
The coasters are obvious, but the dishes not so much. They can’t be used for food or water, unless you used it as a candy dish or had a few chips on there, but no dip. But you could use it as a soap dish, or to hold jewelry or keys or any number of other things. They could also sit on a tabletop, or hang on a wall, and look pretty.
NOTES ON USE:
- These are not safe for use with food.
- These cannot be used as a hot pad for items taken out of the oven or microwave or off the stove, any item which has been heated by cooking—the polymer will soften from the heat.
- These work great as a coaster for items filled with hot food or liquids, like mugs of coffee or tea or dishes filled with cooked food. There is not enough heat transferred to affect the polymer.
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