|stoneware dish with underglaze and glaze|
When I picked up my first hand built dish from firing, I was so disappointed. It was made especially as a Xmas pressie, and my initial response was... there is no way I can gift this. I was relatively happy with the shape, but I felt really let down by my decoration. (I thought decoration would be a cinch, but I'm actually finding it a real challenge). So we started using it at home for dinner (salads, beans, baked vegies), and surprisingly, we fell in love with it. So, reluctantly, as initially intended, it was wrapped and popped under the tree.
But I've had to make a promise that I will make a replacement for our own use asap!