Over the last two months I have been making a large order of 90 cake stands and 60 plates for a store in Japan called TomorrowLand. I had to make it in 5 batches as I only have 30 wooden batts for throwing plates on the wheel. I also have exactly enough shelf space in the studio for 30 batts.
First I throw the plates on a batt, which I remove from the wheel and leave to dry on shelves overnight.
The next day I remove the plates from the batts and trim underneath.
I also throw bases for the cake stands, which are stuck on after firing. The plates and bases are biscuit fired, then glazed and fired again. The Japanese buyers ordered white, pale blue and grey.
Then the cake stands are packed, three in a box and the boxes are shipped off on pallets. I am very pleased to have finished the order before the hot weather, as plates need to be dried slowly to avoid cracking.