I use Seattle Pottery's CKK6 Cone 6 porcelain. You will need - some slippy water (starring here in one of Ceci Capen's lovely speckly yunomi), a set of biscuit cutters - the largest 4 inch size and the two next smaller sizes, a small sponge that will fit inside the biscuit cutters, stamps for making designs if you want them, tools for slipping, scoring and cleanup. I make my slabs for this 1/4 inch thick.
|Stuff you need to do stuff that I do.|
Cut out your 4 inch circles from your slab.
|C is for cookie, that's good enough for me!|
|This fishie is one of the first bisque stamps I ever made.|
|Okay, it looks a bit of a pig's ear but I got better after this!|
|Work that sponge!|
Let the clay set up for a while - in the case of my clay it was about 15 minutes, during which I made more dishes and lined them up. Once it is less floppy, clean it up and add any edge decoration.
|...meet hungry otter|
So I made more - you can see the difference between the horse dish on the left and the one on the right - the horse one used a cutter 2 sizes down.
And here's the otter with his fishie -
The end results are about 3 inches in diameter and about a half inch deep. They fit votive candles perfectly, but of course they are perfect for all sorts of trinkets, tea bags etc!