Summer is wedding season. I was kept busy working on 3 custom wedding platters. I make the platters with white stoneware clay, which starts out looking gray, but fires to a white color. Then, I give the clay two coats of a liquid black clay called an engobe. It starts out gray and turns a rich black when fired. Then the fun parts begins. While I am waiting for the clay to get to the right consistency to carve, I work out the design. I try to make the design relate to the couple. Ryan is from Canada and Katrina is from the US, so the design incorporates the Canadian Maple leaf twined with the acorn. Did you know that the oak is the American National tree? I didn’t. The other couple are lake people so I incorporated a sailboat into the patterning. Unfortunately, I made a spelling error on one name and had to start all over.