The Platter was wheel thrown (measuring about 14 inches) and trimmed. While soft, the black slip was added and allowed to slowly dry wrapped in plastic over the course of about a week. Utilizing a circular loop tool, I carved the texture into the clay surface.
The basket was created from 2 slabs of bmix clay. It was hand shaped and augmented over a plaster slump mold. Once near leather hard, I carved the lacey pattern into the clay body. Hopefully this will help keep the piece from collapsing in the high fire kiln. I used a damp sponge to soften the edges of each cutout. To support the form, I will construct a clay support system to accompany the basket during the firing process.
I threw a single closed form to create this lidded vessel, carving into the body to create the gallery and flange. Black slip was painted all of the interior and exterior surface and was removed using a similar process to the platter. I removed some of the clay from the lid to facilitate ease of opening the container since it doesn't have a knob.