Easy to Do Ceramic Plates

by Alexis Rohlin
Make and paint your own ceramic stoneware plates.

Make and paint your own ceramic stoneware plates.

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Easy-to-do ceramic plates can be made with stoneware clays. Stoneware clays are low in price and air harden or set without having to use a kiln to fire the plate and harden it. Paint the stoneware ceramic plate with stencils and ceramic paint. Once you have painted the plate, cover it with a protective glaze to make a beautiful, glossy finish.

Items you will need

  • Ceramic clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Paper plate
  • Ceramic knife
  • Ceramic paper stencil
  • Ceramic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Clay glaze
Step 1

Use a rolling pin to roll out a slab of clay that is 1/2-inch thick. Let it sit 30 minutes, or until it hardens and feels like soft leather.

Step 2

Place the paper plate upside down onto the ceramic clay and use it as a guide as you cut circles out of the clay with a ceramic knife.

Step 3

Pull off the excess clay. Press the rims of the ceramic clay circles smooth by sliding your finger around the edges.

Step 4

Turn over the clay circles. Set the circle down on a paper plate and line up the edges. Press the clay into the plate with your hands to form them into plate shapes. Leave the clay in the paper plates and let them sit for 30 minutes, or until they have dried into a leather-hard stage.

Step 5

Set the ceramic paper stencil onto the clay plate surface while it is still in the paper plate. Wet down the paper stencil with water and a finger for ease of removal. Press the inlay stencils down into the ceramic clay plate surface. Paint the design onto the plate with a paint brush.

Step 6

Paint the entire surface of the ceramic plate with colored glaze and let it sit overnight to dry.

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