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.
Step 1: Supplies
clay, I used red grog cone 06
X15 cardboard template
leaves etching tool
Step 2: Spoon Rest
choose leaf to use for spoon rest and roll clay large enough to fit shape.
press the leaf into the clay, run your fingernail gently along the veins of the leaf to indent them into the clay
using the etching pin cut away the excess clay from around the leaf.
Carefully remove the leaf
from the clay
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.
when the clay is leathery or has begun to harden I smoothed the edges with a small sponge
Step 11: Utensil Holder
Roll large enough piece od clay to cut the 9X15 shape.
For clay into a cylinder shape, set aside
roll a large enough piece of clay to place the cylinder on to cut base.
use tool to cut clay for base, give about 1/2 inch around bottom.
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.
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.
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
Using slip, (liquid form
of clay, it acts like glue on the wet clay.) smear the leaf shapes and attach to the cylinder
This is a fig leaf from my daughter's Great grandfathers' fig tree!
the leaves can overlap
I use a bit of water on my finger to smooth the rough edges of the leaf shapes.
If slip squishes out a paintbrush
can be used to clean up the wet clay.
Step 28: Glaze
When pieces are thoroughly dry , fire to a bisque ware in the kiln, I used an o6 cone.
I used clear glaze
for the inside of the utensil holder. I poured it in and out. I like the clear glaze on the red
clay, it looks very earthy.
I chose an overglaze called speckled brown for the outside of the Utensil Holder
and the spoon rest
Step 32: Final Firing
The pieces are fired again in the kiln and ready to wrap for the holiday gift giving.