I was awake early this morning, on my day off work, but managed to stay out of the garden, so that my stonemason could repair our concrete/stone steps in peace. Instead I did some baking, and played with some clay, making some stamps, and clay marbles which will be eyes for my garden frogs.
I thought I would be able to load the stamps and marbles inside the big dove tree platter I made last week, but I had covered it too well, so it was not dry. If I had thought about it, I may have forced it to dry in the beautiful sunshine today. But instead I have allowed it to dry slowly in the cellar, and I'll transfer it to the kiln shed on Sunday.
So I decided I would do a bit more slab work, and make some smaller plates, and they could also carry my stamps safely through the bisque firing.
My third plate was decorated with my handmade stamps :