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The plates have evolved from bowls with lips. Making plates can be like opening up a special present - you never know what you're getting and I am often surprised with the results.
Unlike making my bowls where the color and design is on the outside of the piece, for my plates, the color and texture is applied to the inside. The only time I can "see" the piece is when I spin out the plate. This is the final step in the plate making process and the plate must immediately be placed in the annealing oven.
I enjoy changing up the shapes of the plates by cutting the lip during the initial shaping process. When I spin out the plate, the shape can be jagged, floppy or out of control.