THE HAND MADE PLATES

  • Tom moulds and sculpts the earthenware clay, transforming it into a plate.

  • The plate is left to slowly dry out for at least two weeks (if the process is too quick, the clay will crack).

  • Tom sands down the plate, which is then fired in a kiln for 36 hours, with temperatures rising to 1100 degrees.

  • He then draws on the design (with an underglaze pencil), which can take days to complete.

  • The artwork is given its second firing, at the same temperature (for a further 36 hours) to set the drawing.

  • Once the plate has cooled, it's glazed by Tom.

  • The artwork is returned to the kiln for a final 36 hour firing.

Please note that the handmade plates are not suitable for dishwashers, ovens or microwaves.

Octoplate

signed and dated (on a tentacle), and further signed, dated and inscribed (on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm. (14 5/8 in.)

Crabalicious (with a heart)

signed and dated (lower left), and further signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm. (14 5/8 in.)

Oyster cascade

signed and dated (lower left), and further signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm.  (14 5/8 in.)

Sardine spiral

signed and dated (on a sardine swimming in the opposite direction), and further signed and dated (lower left),

and further signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm.  (14 5/8 in.)

Mussel-power

signed and dated (on a mussel facing the opposite direction), and further signed and dated (lower left),

and further signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm.  (14 5/8 in.)

Pufferfish

signed and dated (upper left),

and further signed and dated (lower left),

and further signed, dated and titled

(on the reverse)

underglaze pencil on earthenware

diam. 37 cm.  (14 5/8 in.)

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