I’m always thinking of new things I can draw on. Why limit yourself to paper?
We needed new salad plates, so instead of doing the typical trek to Bed Bath & Beyond, I thought it would be a lot more fun to design them myself. Yes, it’s more expensive than just using a 20% coupon for BB&B. But they feel like heirlooms to us now. We love using them everyday and these plates tell stories!
I discovered a great store on the upper west side called, Little Shop of Crafts. The people working there couldn’t have been nicer. It took a few months to finish these 5 plates. I used glaze paints, underglaze pencils, and very tiny brushes. Most of the time I worked off an illustration sketch I had done earlier, which I would then transfer onto the ceramic plate using carbon paper. Other days I just went for it and free drew onto the plate. Regular pencil lines and pens disappear as soon as the plates get put into the kiln, so you only have to paint over the lines you want to commit to.
Each of these plates represent an important event in our lives. So now every time we eat salad, it’s a trip down memory lane.