This quarter, I am working on an independent study project in wood and ceramic interactions. I am making a kitchenware set that includes a breadbox, pitcher, utensil holder, cutting board with slide-out trays, and utensils.
I used handbuilding and slab building ceramic techniques to make a breadbox, pitcher, utensil holder, and 4 four matching trays. To create a matching set of trays, I heavily relied on the use of patterns to keep dimensions consistent. Due to the shrinking nature of clay after the bisque and glaze firings, I created the ceramic pieces first so that the dimensions of the wood components could be determined based on the final size of the ceramic pieces.
Using burly maple was quite the challenge, prompting me to use a card scraper rather than a planer to level the surfaces. I machined the spoon using a ShopBot CNC and then handcarved the wooden spatulas. Currently, I am in the process of attached the wooden handles to the ceramic trays as well as sanding and finishing the other wood pieces.