Sometimes we just play around in the pottery studio, looking for new ideas and shapes to work on and develop. When we make our pottery on the potter's wheel, we use a thrown clay pad or "chuck," made of stiff but still-damp clay, to attach our wooden discs, called "bats" to the potter's wheel. When the piece we are making is finished, we loosen the bat and lift the soft, sticky clay shape, attached to its bat, off the wheel. After a month or two, this clay chuck starts to dry out and lose its grip on the potter's wheel-head, so we scrape the old chuck off and throw a new one. Lately I have been saving these old battered chucks, lifting and supporting the edges with clay snakes, and making them into Bagel Plates. I just like them--they are certainly unique! You will see in the last two pictures two process photos showing me scraping an old chuck off the potter's wheel, and the damp-clay bagel plate on a bat with clay snakes lifting and supporting its edges to make the flat chuck into a plate with a raised rim.
This Glossy Orange Brown Green Bagel Plate is irregularly shaped and may not be good for spaghetti sauce or a fried egg, but it would be great for serving a morning bagel, a lunchtime sandwich, or as a jewelry holder on your dresser top. It would certainly make a unique gift!
7" diameter X 1.5" tall
dishwasher and microwave safe
no lead in clay or glaze