Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Clay Baskets and Chocolate Eggs

While vacationing in North Carolina this past summer, I visited Seagrove.  In their shop, I spotted a wonderful little clay basket. You can see it on the bottom shelf in the photo to the left. 

I thought: "You can only make that in clay!"

When I began to create my spring collection, I knew I wanted to include a basket.

My interpretation... wheel thrown and pinched.  
Hand pulled handle across with a swirl stamp.

I like the contrast between a soft white "liner" and 
a strong colored glaze for the exterior. 
The baskets hold flowers.  They would work well as a gift for Mother's Day.
I can imagine a flower girl in a wedding using one. 

The Easter bunny arrives on Sunday morning! 

The Food & Pottery Connection:

  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 6 oz melted semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ½ to 3 Tbls hot water
  • Dash salt
  • 2 lbs melted dipping chocolate
  • Candy decorations
1. Blend ½ pound powdered sugar with melted chocolate chips, cream cheese, vanilla, hot water and salt.
2. With hands, work in remaining 1/2 lb powdered sugar.
3. Shape mixture into small balls; then shape balls into egg shapes.
4. Dip eggs into melted dipping chocolate; let set to harden.
5. Decorate for Easter.

Food: chocolate Easter eggs
Pottery: candy baskets

Make a bunny workshop-
I will teach kids, 1st grade an older, to create a bunny from clay. The workshop will teach pinch and pull, plus scratch and slip techniques.

Sign ups are open now for Wednesday, April  18 class through the dedham guild.

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