I made Taos Small Tray from slab-rolled stoneware clay. I cut the template to a size that can serve several purposes: Spoon rest, salt and pepper shaker tray, small tray for cheese or butter; even a soap dish.
The glaze “Taos” consists of overlapping blue, green, cream, and gold glazes. And the technique I have developed for dipping, pouring, and now daubing, glazes often results in a dynamic reference to landscape that I feel is the spirit of Northern New Mexico: Blue sky, green pinons and sage, cream clouds, and gold sunshine. Sometimes an animal, butterfly, or hidden figure appears. For this series, I really had fun dipping, pouring, and slinging the various glazes to create a composition. They are pretty enough to stand just as they are on a shelf, coffee table, or side board.
Taos Small Tray fits conveniently on the stove or dinner table. Use it to rest your cooking or serving spoon; or, serve butter, cheese, or sushi. Use on the vanity as a jewelry catch. Use for individual bread plate or dessert plate. Buy a handful and stack them like plates. And they are dishwasher, oven, and microwave safe. (Allow a refrigerated dish to come to room temperature before placing it into a hot oven or microwave.)
6.5″Long x 4.75″ Wide. Makes a great gift for birthday, holiday, house warming, and any occasion. Give the gift of handmade pottery and jump start a collections; or, rtart building your collection!
2200 degrees F in a conventional electric kiln.