During the summers Steve and I visit his family property in Northern Minnesota. It’s 40 acres with a small cabin built by his sister and her husband out of recycled materials. The family’s 1963 travel trailer is parked nearby, and the lot faces a small lake bordered by national forest. We have no running water or electricity. We fill our days with swimming, fishing, SUP, kayaking, deer, beavers, loons, swans, and more.
The blue slab plates took some testing. I made a ring mold, then rolled out slabs and pressed them into burlap to create a texture on the surface of the clay. The first test plates had problems with warping. After several test firings with different glazes I was able to find a glaze with a cobalt oxide that worked beautifully against the dark clay body. I also had to be more patient with the drying time. Simple designs seem to show flaws more easily. Each plate has a variation in surface, roundness, and inconsistent edges but having the mold provides a degree of consistency.