Shallow bowl

Shallow Bowl

Approximate dimensions: 7″ x 7″ x 2″ (perfect for a serving of pasta or salad)

This form can hold up to three drawings: one on the inside surface, another wrapped around the outside, and a third within the foot.

sample shallow bowl

Pictured: Little Shop of Horrors shallow bowl

Materials: Red velvet clay body with white slip, colored glaze, and clear glaze.

Process: This form is created with a slab of red clay cut to fit into a plaster mold. Once the clay hardens a bit, I remove it from the mold and paint a white slip over the piece (with the exception of the foot and sometimes the rim). Then I draw pictures using a sgraffito technique. I may bisque fire at this stage, or if I’m doing a once-fire, continue with painting with spot colors and a top coat of clear shiny glaze. I fire in an electric kiln to cone 6, which is in the mid-fire range (roughly 1200 °C / 2200 °F). Finished bowl is food safe.

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