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Easter Egg Trays The Hand-built Way

Just a few days ago, I agreed to host Easter at our house this year. I love having family over, and love to cook,  but I always get the same questions and comments...

  • "Why don't you use any of your pottery?"
  • "The glazes are so pretty, and your bowls are so heavy. I love them!"
  • "If I did pottery, my whole house would be filled with it!"

Do you get the same thing? Well, our guests will be in for a surprise this year. Not only am I using several bowls and platters I've made, I'm also making an egg tray, for the deviled eggs they all love so much. Hopefully, this will satisfy their need!

Do you have a tray to serve your pickled, deviled, or plain ole hard boiled eggs in, or to take them along to your family dinner? No, you say? Well, if we get busy, you can have this tray done in time for Easter Sunday.

Simple instructions  for making a hand-built egg tray...

Gather just a few tools...

  • Sponge/water
  • Thick piece of foam
  • Needle tool
  • Scoring tool
  • Magic water or slip
  • Decorating items such as stamps, rollers, texture tools
  • A sling for shaping the tray without too much fuss


  • Roll out a slab of clay roughly 1/4" thick
  • Cut out an egg template. Mine is 15" in length, which works perfectly for the decoration I plan to use, and for holding 16 eggs, but make yours whatever size you want


  • Texture or design the tray, if you choose
  • Layout where the egg indents will be
    • I used an egg shaped cookie cutter and traced around it
  • Lay the egg on a thick piece of foam
  • Create the egg indentations by dampening your finger and pushing the clay into the foam. Use caution to do this slowly and not too hard or you may poke your finger right through the clay


  • Create and attach a handle if you'd like one
  • Now is the time to add underglaze, engobe, or white wash the tray if you plan on it
  • If you used any "painting" technique, allow it to dry to the touch before picking it up
  • Place it in the sling, to round the bottom, and allow it to dry to at least the leather hard stage before moving it to a drying shelf


  • Bisque and glaze fire to your liking

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