Large Handmade Porcelain Platter with Colored Clay Butterflies RKC015

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Large Handmade Porcelain Platter with Colored Clay Butterflies RKC015


A generous 12" x 15", this platter is made from porcelain inlaid with colored patterns made from hand-colored clay. Dated 1998, this has been hiding in my basement for years! When I recently found it, I remembered how much I like the labor intensive process of creating the colors and then incorporating them into a piece, and I have started back working with colored porcelain. I have several new pieces that I am listing, and several other older pieces as well.

To create this piece, I made up a "batch" of each color by hand mixing the colored stains into a pound of clay, then making layers of the colors into a "loaf", which I then sliced. I rolled out a slab of the plain porcelain and laid the colored slices on top, and then cut through both layers. I removed the plain clay and inset the colored portions, then rolled the slab a bit to meld the pieces. Then I laid the slab over a mold, pressing it into shape, and finished the edges.

When the piece was dry, I took it outside into the wind (or in front of a fan) and gently sanded the surface so that the colors were crisply delineated. The piece was then bisque fired to make the first transition from clay to ceramic. Next I put a clear glaze on top of the piece to provide a non-porous surface for food usage. Then I fired the piece to maturity at cone 6 in an electric kiln.

This piece does not contain lead and is food safe. At a sturdy 5+ pounds, this platter can easily hold a large roast or a small turkey. Dishwasher safe! Not safe for cooking, though, and I do not recommend microwave use because the different colors of clay react at different rates. You may safely reheat foods in an oven on this platter if you put the cold platter into a cold oven and let them heat together.

US shipping via FedEx ground is included in the price of this item. If you are in AK or HI please contact me to discuss shipping options - I will need to send it USPS to you. I will ship to many other countries. Please contact me for a shipping quote prior to purchase and I will be happy to set this listing up just for your needs.

Display stand not included.


Materials Used

porcelain clay, mason stains, clear glaze

More Info

Lead-Free glaze

Product Attributes

Color: White

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I try to ship within 2 business days of receiving your confirmed payment. If there is a delay I will contact you by email to let you know.

If for some reason you are unhappy with your purchase, I will accept your return and refund your purchase price less shipping upon receipt of your item in good condition.

My RKMixables line is designed for you to interchange pieces to suit your changing needs. The necklaces terminate in lobster clasps which will connect to each other, but I have planned for you to add a clasp and jumprings to connect more than one piece. The clasp will add another inch or so to the length of the piece, and the jumprings will keep the pieces together, whether you have chosen to twist or braid them or to cascade several lengths.

I can make alterations to many of the jewelry pieces before shipping if you desire. Necklaces can be shortened, and in some cases lengthened. I can also add an extender chain or clasp, and it is possible in many cases to use an "extender" to actually take up some length.

I can change many of the earrings to leverbacks at additional cost (leverbacks are much more expensive than wires) and I can change wires to posts. BUT - I do not have posts in copper yet. I also have some clip-on backs!

I am always happy to discuss making a special piece for you. Please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks for reading about my policies.


lindsay60 on Apr 1, 2012
5 stars

Thanks so much for the beautiful necklace. Great value too.

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