This step by step video will show you all the stages in the making of my ceramic ‘Pond Lily Leaf Dishes’ as seen on the ‘Great British Menu‘ 2020 on BBC2 and used by Executive Chef, Niall Keating from Whatley Manor.
During the purchase process you will receive a payment confirmation with a link to the video which is hosted on my Youtube channel as an unlisted item (this means only those who are given the link can find it).
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You can then watch the video as many times as you like. I would suggest that you watch the video first, so you understand what tools and type of clay you will need (and reference the notes I will send you). Then watch it again while you prepare to make.
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Then you will need to source a pond lily leaf. The variety I use is Nymphaea lotus (Egyptian blue lotus) leaves, but this may be more challenging to find. Some friends my have ponds with leaves, otherwise you can ask garden centres if they can provide you with a cut off leaf when they prune and maintain their pond lily plants. You will need a leaf with good underside vein structure, so make sure you choose a suitable variety. One leaf should make 8-10 dishes, but I would advise getting two leaves so you have a spare, in case one tears.
In the event where you find it impossible to obtain a pond lily leaf (they grow from Spring to Autumn); you can use a Coltsfoot Leaf instead which also gives a lovely vein pattern. These are more easily obtainable in the countryside as they grow wild in ditches and along roadsides. I have seen a good supply at Stockhill Woods near Bristol. Obviously this is not authentic to the project, but it will enable you to make your dishes outside of pond lily season.
On receipt of your payment, I will answer any questions you have about the whole process and send you a tip sheet with all the details you need to create the same dishes, summarising all the clay, firing and glazing details. I purchase my clay from Bath Potters Supplies.
Purchase Pond Lily Dishes:
If you would like to purchase some of my ceramic ‘Pond Lily Leaf Dishes’ already made and ready to go, please visit my on-line shop. Here you will also find ‘Pond Lily Leaf Side Plates’ and ‘Pond Lily Leaf Dinner Plates’ to make a complete dining set.