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. 

63 COMMENTS

  1. 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.)

    • THANK YOU!!!! I am glad to know that cold porcelain clay does not need to be fired! I trust I will find the porcelain clay at Hobby Lobby or at Michael’s.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

    • That’s awesome, Virrginia, wow! What type of paint AND gloss do you use? And do you have any photos of your work?

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Looks really lovely, I’m going to try with earthenware clay,as porcalin clay needs a high temperature,and you can have amat or gloss finish.My kiln is for earthenware and stonewear. I live in the wonderful Okavang Delta, Botswana.We had a lovely heard of Elle’s visit us last night.Blesed to have wildlife.

  17. what kind of paint do you use? I like the colors that are on the plates in picture above… after painting are they safe to put food on? Thank you

  18. Oh I am so excited, I was fortunate to get my mother-in-laws lace doilies. I did not know what to do with them, and I did not want to just give them away, mainly because she made them. I think of all the work she put into them with much love.
    Thank you for sharing. Now I will share with all the grandchildren.

  19. what kind of paint???????? for the different kinds of clay???? cold porcelain clay? poly clay? love the look of the plates in pictures.
    thank you so much Sandra Green

  20. I think you’ll find the answers to your questions in the comments. There are a lot of really good pointers thst people have been generous enough to give us. I’m completely new to this, have never even seen the clays at all, so all the helpful comments were a big plus for me that I found by simply reading, and I am gratefully appreciative of. So, wish me luck!

  21. Can’t wait to try this craft. I have done pottery but prefer hand shaping items as to using the wheel.
    Would love to know where your shop is. I live in Pilot Mountain and would love to come see your
    shop if you are open to public. Thanks for sharing your gifted talent.

  22. Hi! Where can I get the magazine issue that was recommended in this article? It’s “Timeless Impressions,” in the May/June 2011 issue of Victoria magazine. Thanks!

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