Textured Tray

Add more contour, use other press design tools to vary this project.

Products Used

  • CD-1077 Square Bowl
  • EL-120 Black Ice
  • EL -103 Sea Spray
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-404 #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 - #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges
  • CD-1078 Design Press Tools
Additional Materials
  • Moist Clay
  • ¼" Wooden Slats
  • Canvas
  • Rolling Pin
  • Fettling Knife
  • Pencil
Project Info


  1. Using a rolling pin on canvas, roll out clay ¼" thick between ¼" wooden slats. Cut the rolled out clay into an 8 inch square.
  2. Press in the square spiral from CD-1078 Design Press Tools in even rows across the clay, keeping the rows close together. Pressing in the spirals will distort the square shape. Tap it back into shape with a wood slat.
  3. Let the clay firm up a little before lifting. Place the piece of clay at an angle across the slump from CD-1077 Square Bowl to get the clay to fall into the mold. Pick up the mold a few inches and let it fall back to the table. Repeat until the clay falls into the mold.
  4. Allow the pieces to dry completly.
  5. Bisque fire to shelf cone 04.
  6. Thin EL-120 Black Ice slightly. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, brush EL-120 Black Ice over the piece. Use a damp sponge to wipe back the excess glaze to antique.
  7. Brush on 3 coats of EL-103 Sea Spray. After each coat use the CB-404 #4 Pointed Round to remove the excess glaze that will puddle into the detail.
  8. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, apply 2 coats of EL-120 Black Ice to the edges and the back of the bowl.
  9. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.

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