Ken is one of few potters who make plates. They require a lot of kiln space, sometimes they warp, sometimes they crack, he could fit several pots in the space of one or two plates ... So why does he do it?
Ken is committed to making useful functional pottery. And he spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday getting his plates trimmed, signed, and moved. Then Friday evening he will clean the studio and get ready for his class tomorrow morning
Trimming is a multi step process. first Ken trims the outside of the foot.
Then he defines the inside of the foot.
He trims from the center out to the foot
And he uses a rubber tool to smooth out the bottom of the plate
Lots of steps making plates