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Ceramic Spoon Rest & Utensil Holder

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This past year my daughter moved and I thought it would be fun to make her something for her new kitchen....so I made her a spoon rest and utensil holder using clay and leaves. 
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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clay, I used red grog cone 06
clay cutter
rolling pin
leaves
slip
glazes 
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X15 cardboard template
leaves etching tool
glaze brush
Kiln

Step 2: Spoon rest

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choose leaf to use for spoon rest and roll clay large enough to fit shape.

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press the leaf into the clay, run your fingernail gently along the veins of the leaf to indent them into the clay

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using the etching pin cut away the excess clay from around the leaf.

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Carefully remove the leaf
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place the clay leaf shape on a drying board, roll small 
pieces of clay and put them under the edges of the leaf to give it the shape of a fallen leaf. 

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when the clay is leathery or has begun to harden I smoothed the edges with a small sponge

Step 11: Utensil Holder

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Roll large enough piece od clay to cut the 9X15 shape. 

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For clay into a cylinder shape, set aside

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roll a large enough piece of clay to place the cylinder on to cut base.

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use tool to cut clay for base, give about 1/2 inch around bottom.

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reach inside cylinder and with finger tips apply pressure from the inside of the holder, then using a finger push the clay up on the outside edge to secure the base of the utensil holder. 

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roll more clay and begin to press more smaller leaf shapes into the clay, again use fingernail to apply pressure to get veins indented into clay.

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cut the shapes from the clay, remove the leaf, if it rips or gets stuck it is okay it will burn off in the kiln

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Using slip, (liquid form 
of clay, it acts like glue on the wet clay.) smear the leaf shapes and attach to the cylinder

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This is a fig leaf from my daughter's Great grandfathers' fig tree!

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the leaves can overlap
poofrabbit1 year ago
I have a very sick obsession with leaves. This is fantastic and I love the glaze you used it really looks awesome with the clay body you chose! As always fantastically done!
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