Make Your Own Lace Pottery

Maggie Weldon Lace Pottery

From her Kernersville studio in North Carolina, Maggie Weldon preserves priceless memories with delicate imprints of antique lace. A discovery she made along with her own storied pathway of chance and determination, the artist’s meaningful Lace Pottery seems a tailor-made expression of her soul. 

Maggie Weldon Lace Pottery

 
From her workroom, Maggie Weldon fashions pottery from large slabs of clay and remnants of lace. Stacks of plates are fired, glazed, and fired again to create pastel-colored pieces to be used as serving dishes and house eyeglasses and soap. To help her company prosper, Maggie draws support from Count Me In, and organization that champions women entrepreneurs seeking to expand their businesses. 

STEP-BY-STEP CREATING A LACE PLATE

Maggie Weldon Lace Pottery

 
1. Using a rolling pin, roll out a slab of porcelain clay 1/4 inch thick, making sure the slab is about 4 inches larger than the size of the doily to be used. Place the slab on a piece of cotton fabric.

2. Using a rolling pin, press the doily into the clay to make an impression.

Maggie Weldon Lace Pottery

 
3. Gently and slowly, peel back the doily.

4. Using a wet sponge, clean and smooth the lace impression, making sure to wipe away any loose particles of clay.

Maggie Weldon Lace Pottery

 
5. Using a pottery knife, trim around the outside edges of the doily design, smoothing any rough edges with your fingers or a wet sponge.

6. Grip the edges of the underlying fabric, and slide the clay into a shallow bowl so that the sides of the piece are slightly raised. Carefully press the clay down into the bowl, and let it dry for approximately 2 days (this varies greatly depending upon the humidity of the environment and the dampness of the clay.)

For more information on Maggie Weldon’s designs, see “Timeless Impressions,” in the May/June 2011 issue of Victoria magazine. 

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41 Comments

  • what type of clay do you recommend? do you fire it? can firing be done at home (there is a place near me that has a kiln you can get space in, they will also glaze, all for a price though.)

    • Use cold porcelain clay. It doesn’t need a kiln. You can find recipe to make cold porcelain clay on pintrest or YouTube or just Google it.

  • I agree with the other comments…..Do you have to fire the clay? Could you do this with Femo clay and just bake in the oven? Such a wonderful idea but the instructions are leaving to many questions unanswered.

  • Thank you for the instructions, they were complete, disappointed with peoples coments. I am going to try this, the pieces are so pretty!

  • These look beautiful but it’s become impossible to find lace doilies anymore. They’ve been replaced by the paper variety. Thank you for showing this beautiful work.

  • I’m curious about the glossy finish on the bowls in the pictures. What did you use? I’ve used air-dry clay before, and it dries fine, but matte. I’d like to put a shine to them. Please include the gloss info in your reply.
    Thank you!

    • Hej Bente.. ud fra dit navn går jeg ud fra at du er dansk
      Jeg bruger lak ovenpå malingen, det gør leret stærkt og blankt..God fornøjelse!

  • I wonder if you can use air dry clay, paint as you wish and then maybe paint on a layer of resin? That would make it durable and have a gloss. I think they sell the liquid resin at Michael’s and other craft stores.

  • You could use air-dry clay or you could make it with polymer clay which you can bake in your oven at home. Both clay products are available at your local hobby and craft store. Easy peasy. I don’t think the resin would work because it is self-leveling and this is a curved surface, but polymer clay artists like to use polyurethane glaze. Just be sure you’re not planning to use this project for food. Either clay can be painted with acrylic paints to get your pastel look. But beware…this craft is addicting and it will be hard to stop once you start.

  • Great ide but porcelain needs a kiln to fire also hard to fire and keep the shape of the bowl you need a por to fire it for you I would use regular ceramic clay and a colored glaze it will not be as delicate but still useble to serve food a ceramic shop could help you with all of this

  • Creo q para la creación no hay límite se puede usar porcelana fria o pasta piedra si se usa para servir comida calientes puede ser para masas,frutas o plato de apoyo.

  • Lovely idea! I have just had a go at making one. I used air drying clay, The clay I used drys white. worked a treat!
    Have left it to dry, will see what it”s like tomorrow

  • These are simply fabulous. I can’t wait to try. Thank you so much for the instructions and inspiration to do this. Fixing to give you a follow. Hope you can join my blog as well.
    Thank You,
    Kellie

  • Thank you so much for sharing and I hope to be able to visit your shop in kernersville, I live in Salisbury, These are beautiful, And seriously people, be nice with your comments. and also you can find doilees at any garage/estate sale by the tons….usually less than a dollar even….Be Blessed

  • Thank you very much Maggie to share with us this lovely idea with doilees. After the bowl is dry, do you put some gloss in it or not? I think will be beautiful with a coat of gloss!
    I’ll waiting for your answer!
    Cheers,
    Chally

  • These are lovely and I am going to give them a try. I was wondering if you paint them with acrylic paint?
    I am guessing the porcelain clay dries with a glossy finish.

  • We have a shop where you can paint pottery and have it fired….I will be asking if they have acces to wet slabs!!

  • I love what you made they’re so beautiful! I love the way you show the pictures step-by-step. I can relate with them better than just reading how to’s. I’m going to try to make some with the air dry clay or porcelain clay. Deb

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