Pottery Plates I Made My Husband for Christmas

Pottery Plates I Made My Husband for Christmas

handmade oblong pottery plates

Here are the oblong pottery plates I made my husband for Christmas. This shape we find particularly useful. I made him two for Christmas in 2013, and we have used them so much, that I thought it would be great to expand the collection.

Originally made for soup and a half sandwich, my husband has come to like to use them for his smorgasbord of a breakfast as well.  So with three more, he can now do that and have some in the dishwasher, while I can still have some available for lunch. Or, all of our immediate family can each have lunch on one when we are together, like we’ll do today.

Our son thought I should start an etsy shop to sell these to “hipsters.” I’m not sure who hipsters are, but I do enjoy carving the clay for these rather imperfectly shaped dishes, and have no end of ideas for finishes to them. Unlike our daughter’s ceramics, where she focuses on form, my interest lies more with surface design, and these oblong plates are a perfect blank slate to experiment on. I had fun making these and am so glad they came out.

All three were carved and glazed while still wet with a technique called sgraffito before they were fired.

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  1. Deborah Dunne 7 years ago

    They are beautiful….definitely try etsy.

  2. Janet dunlap (Uptain) 7 years ago

    Hi Polly,

    If you do end up making these to sell I’d love to buy some!! They are amazing. I love your art! Hubby bought me one of your iPhone cases for xmas ?

    Hope you and the family had a wonderful Christmas.

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      Polly Castor 7 years ago

      How cool! Thank you! You can always commission some…

      • Janet dunlap (Uptain) 7 years ago

        Lmk how much!!!

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          Polly Castor 7 years ago

          $60.00 each because of the work involved as well as studio fees. You can suggest color combinations, etc. I’d love to make some for you!

          • Janet dunlap (Uptain) 7 years ago

            Hi Polly, I’d love to have 4 of them. Perhaps over this weekend we could talk details?

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            Polly Castor 7 years ago

            Great! Looking forward to it!

  3. Anne 7 years ago

    You are inspiring me to reach my beyond! Thank you! Excellent plates!

  4. Cheryl 7 years ago

    Fabulous plates! I would buy some, if you decide you want to try your hand at selling them. You are immensely talented, Polly.

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      Polly Castor 7 years ago

      Feel free to commission some! They are $60 each because I have to pay for studio time. They are made of stoneware: oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe.

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