Pottery Making Materials | Finished Ceramics | Clay Classes
Photo/maker credit: Unknown. Via Pinterest

Using GR Pottery Forms Wheel Attachment

Using GR Pottery Forms Wheel Attachment

One of the most functional pieces a potter can make, yet [in our opinion], the most difficult….P L A T E S !

 

Recently, @garage.potters we were commissioned to make a large order of plates. Coincidentally, the timing worked out that we had just stocked our favorite GR Pottery Forms. After receiving the Wheel Attachment System, we tackled our order. We have a few take-aways from our experience and want to share them with you.

Quick note: GR Pottery Forms Wheel Attachment System saves you some SERIOUS time when making plates and guarantees uniformity. Not only do we just carry round plate forms, we have triangles, platters, squares, and more!

Our process is as follows: 

  1. Roll a slab as evenly as we could to a size that would lay comfortably over our desired. We haven’t invested in a slab roller [yet!], but that would’ve saved us a lot of time. 

  2. Lay the clay slab over the round form and smooth out using a rib tool. *Do not use water! 

  3. Use the GR foot tool to cut off extra clay and form the foot that will be added on the bottom of the plate. 

  4. Take the clay slab draped over the form with the circle spacer underneath and put the entire piece on the Wheel Attachment. This automatically centers your plate and allows you to spin the wheel as if you were “throwing” the plate upside-down. * Use minimal water and press lightly while gently compressing the plate to the form. We also found that you especially want to avoid pressure on the crease where the form hits the bottom of the plate to the wall. 

  5. While the form is on the wheel, attach your trimmed foot and cut your plate lip evenly and to the size you wish. 

  6. After forming the plate, take the form off the Wheel Attachment and allow it to dry upside down and uncovered, until it’s right before leather hard. This is a difficult fine line that takes some practice. Once the plate is firm, gently shake the form from your clay plate. 

  7. This next step is crucial. Sponge out any imperfections and allow the plate to S L O W L Y dry! The amount of plates we had crack was incredibly frustrating and we want to save you from our mistakes. When we say slowly, leave the plates covered for around 5-6 days. This, of course, will vary depending on your clay, pressure used on the Wheel Attachment, and outdoor conditions…but do not rush this! We also found that the smaller the plate, the quicker it could dry without cracking. Why is this? We have no idea.

  8. Once the plate has dried to bone dry, do your final sponging and you have successfully made a beautiful, hand-made plate.

 

GR Pottery Forms take some practice but can be SO useful when creating consistent tableware pieces. So, experiment, ask us questions, watch their great videos on YouTube, and have fun!  

Elise + Claire Surma

Elise + Claire Surma

The sister-in-law duo behind Garage Clay with a passion for clay, community, and customer care. When they aren’t carving mountains into pots, you can find them getting lost in them - hiking, camping, skiing, and fly fishing.

Related Posts:

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to the Garage Clay newsletter to get updates on Garage Clay, reviews of our products, tips on working with clay, and exclusive sales right in your inbox.

We keep your data private and share your data only with third parties that make this service possible. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

Garage Clay FAQ

Add items to your bag:
  1. Browse the categories across the top navigation bar which includes Clay, Glaze, Tools, + more.
  2. Once you have found an item to purchase, select your preferred color, size (if applicable) and the quantity you wish to purchase then simply click ‘ADD TO CART’.
  3. You can then continue shopping or click ‘CHECKOUT’ to review the items in your bag and to finalize your order.
  4. During checkout choose SHIPPING or LOCAL PICK UP.
  5. If you are local, we will contact you after your order is placed to arrange warehouse pickup or delivery.

We are happy to help you with delivery in the Gallatin Valley. An extra charge is applied depending on item weight and distance from our location. Please email or call us to arrange. 

As a distributor, Garage Clay stands behind our items that we sell to our customers. We are also fortunate to have the support of our suppliers. Besides normal wear and tear, many of our products have a warranty. Please contact us if you are dissatisfied with any of your products and we are happy to help!