How To Make Ceramic Spoons

I have been absent from my ceramics studio for long periods of time in the last couple of years. In some ways I just needed a change. I needed a bit of grounding inside my head and to do that I needed to get out of my creative space and go work for someone else a bit. But now I am coming around again – looking at things with fresh eyes and ideas for where I think I am heading with my business.

First up is my need to make some ceramic spoons. I looked up a lot of stuff on Pinterest and Etsy to see not only what people are making in clay, but also in other materials such as wood (I love the thought of carving wood – getting those nice peels and curls coming off). There are some great things out there and I wanted to see from my own sense of feel and use – how to design some of these spoons.

Basic Spoon Shaped Templates

Basic Spoon Shaped Templates

Three of the designs I drew out are meant to be spoons, one is more like a tea bag holder or spoon rest (still not settled on that completely).

Cutting out basic spoon shape.

Cutting out basic spoon shape.

I rolled my paperboard onto a clay slab and cut out the spoon shape.

Adding another slab for the bottom layer of the press mold.

Adding another slab for the bottom layer of the press mold.

I then added another layer of clay to give the spoon a bottom (I have since made another series of slab molds which have yet to be fired and tested).

Cleaning up the press mold.

Cleaning up the press mold.

As these press molds set up, I went in and rounded out the edges and made sure there were no undercuts.

Bisque kiln done and press molds ready to use.

Bisque kiln done and press molds ready to use.

At the “that is as good as these get, I need to STOP touching them” phase, the press molds were dried flat (slowly) then bisque fired to Cone 04.

First ceramic spoon prototype tests out of the press mold.

First ceramic spoon prototype tests out of the press mold.

To make the actual spoons, I tried two techniques: soft slab pressed into mold and coil pressed into mold. Both worked ok, so it is really what is going to work best for me. I then used some of my handmade bisque stamps to press in the designs into the top of the spoon (just imagine the possibilities!!!).

First tests out of the press mold. Going to see how the glazes look on these.

First tests out of the press mold. Going to see how the glazes look on these.

The newer molds I made will allow for a slightly thicker spoon that has a bit more allowance for a curvy area at the end. And I need to figure out how to keep track of having my designs stay a bit more centered.

Snow covered trees outside the studio.

Snow covered trees outside the studio.

And all of this is happening in the warmth of the studio while outside it looks like a winter wonderland.

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5 Responses to “How To Make Ceramic Spoons”
  1. Linda Landig says:

    Its exciting to see some new directions developing. I look forward to see these spoons glazed and to seeing future designs.

  2. I love ceramic spoons and your process is really neat! I pressed a wood spoon into clay to make a mold. Funny how different ways to make the same thing is so interesting!

  3. Chris says:

    I totally understand when you say you needed a change. Your spoon designs look interesting and fun, and I see your creativity and artistic flair.
    I purchased many of your ceramic pendants, and silk ribbons, in years past that I turned into my works of art through my own jewelry designs. I was alway proud to acknowledge you as an American artist that I chose to use as part of my work. Even though those days are now in your past, please know how you greatly influenced other artists to create designs using your components.
    ‘continued success in your future endeavors.

  4. Nicola says:

    I love these, Martha! I really love seeing how you continually push yourself and your medium. Another Instagram inspiration source is Giles Newman. His handcarved wooden spoons are simply stunning! I could see you create magic in clay 😊

  5. I love the idea of functional things! We make beads and things but we also need to follow the muse….I resonate with the post so much! <3

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