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How do you make plates or bowls that are strong enough for everyday food use and you can use in the dishwasher? What material should you use (what kind of clay or other) and what is the process? Can I use my oven to bake the dishes? I want to make my own dishes that are as useable as the ones you find in the store.

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You would want to use CERAMIC clay. The easiest way to make dishes is on a potter's wheel, but could be done with rolling pin and bowl / plate / cup to form. Roll clay anwhere from 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, using flour or cornstarch to prevent sticking to work surface / tools / forms. Lay clay over form and trim off excess clay. As it will be very soft, you may want to leave it uncovered for a day or two so it can dry out and harden to near-leather hard.
You CAN use your oven to fire (bake), and for safe food / dishwasher use, after first firing, glaze with non-lead, non-toxic pottery glaze. *Careful not to get too thick as glaze WILL run during the second firing.
Your local Arts & Crafts / Pottery store should have all you need to make what you want, as well as DIY help on / with all aspects of pottery for even the greenest of beginners.

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