Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Oval-ware refers to oval shaped pieces of pottery, plates, decorative and kitchenware used for cooking in the oven or on top of the heat, like casseroles, etc. and designed to bring food directly from the oven to the table.

They can be made using molds or by wheel. When made on a wheel they are round and to change the shape, the clay along the center of the floor is cut out, as illustrated in (a) above. The two sides parallel to the cut are pushed together and joined to make an oval shape. Put a coil of clay along the joint, press it down and smooth off the surface. Leave it and when it is dry enough, turn it and repair the back in the same way.