Handmade plates with kid made drawings.


For my daughter Ada’s birthday, she asked to do a pottery project as part of her 5th birthday celebration.  We brainstormed ideas for a while.  We weren’t going to be able to do a hands on / wet clay project this year.  So we decided to do kid drawings on plates.

I made a 7″ circle on paper as their template for their plate designs.  They had pencils, thick Sharpies and thin Sharpies and all dove into drawing quite quickly.  I love the confidence and lack of inhibitions they had when they did their drawings.  I know at some point in time, most kids become more self conscious with their art. I’m trying to preserve that confidence that my kids have for as long as possible.  I turned the images into decals and applied them to the plates  and fired them onto plates glazed in the colors that the kids picked out.

Ada's 5th birthday


They turned out great.  It was a fun collaboration with Ada and her friends. I love that there is a big group of kids eating their meals off of handmade plates that they decorated!

Here is the collection of each of the kids’ finished plates.  You can click on any of them to see them larger.

A few little notes:

  • Don’t forget, you can get kid sized dishes  as well as many other pots in my Etsy Shop. I’ve been busy are restocking it several times a week with new pots!
  • Be sure to check out Pots in Action on Instagram this week.  I’m guest hosting with the theme #PIAurban.
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    Emily Murphy Pottery porcelain mug

8 thoughts on “Handmade plates with kid made drawings.

  1. Hi,

    I love this! Could you give more details about turning the drawings into decals that you can then use on the pottery? I’ve only been doing this for fun for about a year, and would love to do something like this for my nephew.


    1. It’s not something that is super easy to give exact step by step instructions because there are so many variations with glazes, firing types, etc… Every glaze is different in how it responds to going through the decal firings. Each glaze has to be fired to a different temp and some don’t work at all (they will bubble). A great resource is to look up “Justin Rothshank Decal video” and you’ll find some further info!

  2. I found this researching my own plate making. What a great idea, might try it when my daughter is older. I will have to do some research about turning images into decals…

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