To use this mold, roll out a slab circle of clay andplace it in the mold (ﬁgure 5). Press into place thentrim the platter using the outer edge of the mold toguide the needle (ﬁgure 6). Note: Since most of theclay rests directly on the wooden bat surface, placea circle of paper on the center of the bat to preventsticking. The porous bisque edge would, of course,create no such sticking problem, and be much moredurable than plaster for multiple use.The slump formed platter has several advantagesover the hump mold. With the clay resting on a ﬁrmouter shoulder, you can immediately stamp and carveit with no resulting distortion. The soft surface is idealfor a rolling stamp (ﬁgure 7). (See PMI, March/April2004 for my article on how to make these.) I ﬁnd thismethod to be visually more appealing, plus I can cre-ate a stronger, more rigid form by slightly lifting up
Place the rolled out slab of clay into place. A circle of pa-per covers the bottom to prevent sticking to the bat.Trim excess clay using the edge of the mold as a guide.
A rolling stamp can be used to make a decorative rim. “Throw-ing” marks have been imprinted on the ﬂoor of the piece.
As a ﬁnal step, slightly lift the outer edge and round it toﬁnish the piece.An easy way to transport a slab of clay to our moldis to drape it over a cardboard tube.