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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"cousin Mark says you make great plates..."

Last fall cousin Mark is here with his wife, my pal, Michele and daughter Catherine, who you see here sometimes, and also a variety of OTHER cousins and hangers on, and I am serving enchiladas or something (on my own bowls, plates, etc) and I come out to the back porch with the guac and find there has been a discussion:
"Mark says you make really nice plates" and he nods.  It is a big compliment, I think, because cousin Mark grew up in the restaurant business and says ONLY VERY wise things. Mark is also the one who told me last summer, as I admired his argyle socks "chicks dig me because I wear argyle socks"  (Bill Murry in STRIPES had said "chicks dig me because I don't wear underwear....").

All of my plates in my cupboard are odds and ends, and I HATE making plates.  They are VERY easy to make and fire, but always want to crack and warp, and I would rather make hundred dollar teapots with little doggies on them.  But I like my own plates for MYSELF.

So, as you know, I am horsing around with decorating schemes...and wanted a new plate for myself.  Out of the kiln yesterday came a gorgeous green one...and I was feeling so generous toward MYSELF I also helped myself to a yellow cup and saucer.... it is perfect for MY HAND...the handle fits just so, and the saucer fits atop the cup to keep things warm ..... tis a rice pizza crust, in case you were wondering, mmmmm ....


~ Sil in Corea said...

Really like a saucer that fits on top to keep tea warm!

bartster said...

You don't like to make plates either? I thought it was just me. Maybe if there were some way to add something fun to them....Bowls on the other hand or mugs...yeah those are fun.

Lori Buff said...

I don't mind making plates, it's schlepping them around that I don't love, they get heavy.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like high praise from cousin Mark!
Really? PLates are that tough to make?

smalltownme said...

Something for yourself! Hooray!

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

I never knew plates were a pain to make. That explains why I don't see good ones that often. I LOVE the idea of giving yourself the gift of your own pottery!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

nono, wait, reread it: plates are easy to make, but they like to warp and break in drying and firing!

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